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Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award

Award to a Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC
Teacher for Exemplary Work

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Washington Post - Washington Post Educational Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/31/18 11:59 PM (ET) Receipt of private school nominations and all finalist materials

Description:

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Award of $7,500 to a Maryland, Virginia, or Washington DC teacher in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for extraordinary work within the teaching profession. The funding source aims to promote quality and creative instruction, acknowledge excellence in teaching, and to contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education.

Teacher Award Nominees must be teachers who:
- Instill in students a desire to learn and achieve.
- Understand the individual needs of students, encourage
their talents and foster their self-esteem.
- Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of subject matter and
the ability to share it effectively with students.
- Foster cooperative relationships with their colleagues and
the community.
- Demonstrate outstanding leadership.
- Maintain their teaching position throughout the 2018-19
school year.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140335

Number of Grants:

One Teacher of the Year Award

Estimated Size of Grant:

The winning finalist will receive a signature trophy, a $7,500 monetary award, a feature spot in a page ad that runs in The Washington Post newspaper, a profile in The Washington Post and on washingtonpost.com.

Term of Contract:

All winners and finalists should remain under embargo until mid-April 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominations for the Teacher Award may be submitted by teachers, students, former students, parents, administrators or the general public.

Teachers from the following regions are eligible for nomination:
- District of Columbia
- Maryland: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties.
- Virginia: Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Staff ord counties; Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park cities.

Teachers may not nominate themselves.

Pre-Application Information:

2017-2018 Program Timeline
- 10/16/2017: Call for nominations. Materials shared with jurisdictions and files posted online.
- 01/31/2018 at 11:59 PM (ET): Deadline for all nomination sheets and packets
- 03/05/2018: The Washington Post to notify the winning Teacher. All winners and finalists should remain under embargo until mid-April 2018.
- 04/13/2018: Promotion activities begin. Winner features posted online on the Washington Post website.
- 04/16/2018: The Washington Post article appears in print.
*Timeline subject to change based on shifting editorial deadlines; jurisdictions will be notified if there are any deviations from the above timeline.

Teachers must first be nominated and one finalist for each category will be selected by their local school system. Nomination deadlines are set by the individual school system. Specific information can be obtained from the school system’s awards coordinator or superintendent’s office.

Nomination materials must include:
- A minimum of four statements of support, one of which
must be by a professional educator.
- A career summary.
- A 200-word biography, written to highlight the specific
award for which the awardee was nominated.
- A description of contributions in each of the nomination
criteria.
- One vertical color photograph. Headshot only. The image
must be a JPG file, and at least 2 MB.

Public Schools:
Each participating public school system will receive and screen nominations and will select one finalist from each eligible jurisdiction, in accordance with the criteria and nomination process. For further information, contact your local school superintendent’s office.

District of Columbia Public Charter Schools:
The District of Columbia Public Charter School Board will receive and screen nominations and select one finalist, in accordance with the criteria and nomination process. For further information, contact the Public Charter School Board.

Private Schools:
In accordance with the criteria and nomination process, an independent committee of educators and community leaders will screen nominations and make the final selection of a finalist from the private schools. Private school nominations must be uploaded to the Washington Post dropbox.

All finalist materials are to be submitted to The Washington Post Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

The winners of the WP Teacher of the Year Award will be notified by The Washington Post on Monday, March 5, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

For further information, please contact:
The Washington Post Community Relations Department
202.334.4917
edufoundation@washpost.com

District of Columbia Public Charter Schools:
- Nominations should be sent to:
District of Columbia
Public Charter School Board
3333 14th Street NW, Suite 210
Washington, D.C. 20010
- For further information, contact the Public Charter School Board at 202.328.2660.

Private School nominations and all finalist materials are to be submitted to The Washington Post Dropbox: https://dbinbox.com/WP_Educational_Foundation

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties;   Virginia: Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties; Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park cities.;   Washington, DC