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New York State (NYS) Teacher of the Year

Award to a New York Teacher to Recognize
Outstanding Service in Public Education

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New York State Education Department (NYSED)

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Award to a New York PreK-12 teacher to recognize outstanding contributions to public education. This program seeks to honor and celebrate the exceptionally passionate and skilled educators serving students within the state. The selected recipient will go on to be considered in the national pool. The purpose of this program is to:

-Support the development of programs throughout the State that recognize great teachers in their schools;
-Engage exemplary teachers in professional development by completing the New York State Teacher of the Year application; and
-Identify and celebrate one teacher per year as the New York State Teacher of the Year who will represent all of New York State teachers at events throughout the State and at national events with Teachers of the Year from across the United States.

The individuals selected to serve as State Teachers of the Year are the ambassadors for the teaching profession across New York State and will lead by their passion for teaching. The New York State Teacher of the Year is provided with numerous professional development opportunities. In addition, schools and districts may also experience several of the other benefits of the Teacher of the Year Program, such as:

- Day of honor and learning for the New York State Teacher of the Year;
- Information and technical support for principals about how to prepare and support excellent teachers;
- Visit by the Commissioner of Education in the classroom and school of the New York State Teacher of the Year;
- Coaching for other teachers on instructional approaches;
- Every student, teacher, and parent in every school in the State will know that their school has exemplary teachers who are recognized for their craft; and
- Meet the President of the United States.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178321

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any teachers (PreK-12) may be initially nominated by any person within the school or community including parents, students, business leaders, school administrators, or colleagues using the nomination form. The formal nomination should involve a collaborative decision-making process indicating the support of all the groups concerned with the quality of teaching within a school.

A nominee for New York State Teacher of the Year:
- Is a skilled and dedicated professional guiding students to reach their potential
- Demonstrates leadership and innovation that embodies lifelong learning in the classroom and community
- Is poised and articulate regarding current education issues
- Has New York State permanent or professional teaching certification within his or her current teaching area
- Works directly with students in a NYS public school at any grade level/subject area PreK-12
- Has a minimum of five years of current teaching experience
- Plans to continue in an active teaching status during and after the year of recognition
- Is rated “effective” or “highly effective” on his or her annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) or, if the APPR is not applicable to his or her current teaching area, has a record of effective or highly effective teaching performance as evidenced by student learning gains, assessments and recognition of work.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due February 1, 2019. Applications received after February 1, 2019 will not be considered.

A teacher may be initially nominated using the nomination form. A complete application including letters of support is then submitted for each nominee.

The application process for New York State Teacher of the Year contains the following four rounds. Applicants will be contacted after each round and notified if they have been selected to advance to the next Round.

Round 1: Required Information: Due February 1, 2019
Round 2: Response Questions: Due March 29, 2019
Round 3: Site visit to applicant's school/classroom: Early May 2019
Round 4: Personal Interview with Selection Committee: May 30, 2019 (Albany)

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Electronic applications are preferred and should be sent as one pdf file to

Hard-copy applications may be sent to:
Teacher of the Year Program
NYSED, Office of Curriculum and Instruction
EBA 860
89 Washington Ave.
Albany, New York 12234

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USA: New York City;   New York