WakeEd Events

Stars of Education

Stars of Education, presented by PNC Bank, is an annual awards dinner to celebrate and honor those who form the backbone of public education in our schools.

Each year we celebrate and recognize the recipients of WakeEd’s Teacher Innovation Grants and WakeEd’s SummerSTEM coaches, in addition to inducting honorees into the Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame and presenting the Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award.

Lifetime Achievement

The Robert E. Bridges Lifetime Achievement award is the highest honor given by WakeEd. This award is given to an individual who has dedicated his/her life to improving and creating an unmatched impact on public education. Learn More

Friend of Education

The Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award is given to someone who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to public education and shares the personal qualities of the late Senator Vernon Malone, who passed away in 2009. Learn More

WCPSS Hall of Fame

The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Hall of Fame honors outstanding educators, alumni and community leaders who through their lives have either deeply impacted WCPSS or, as an alumnus, dramatically added to the quality of life in our city, state or nation. Learn More


STEMposium is an annual STEM symposium that highlights educator experiences and outcomes from SummerSTEM. Inspired educators and their students present their successful project-based learning units to the public.