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The Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award

Award to a Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC Teacher
to Recognize Outstanding Achievements in Education

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The Washington Post

Deadline Date:

01/25/21 11:59 PM ET

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Award of $7,500 to a Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC PreK-12 teacher in eligible locations for outstanding work within the teaching profession. The award is intended to recognize excellent instruction, acknowledge outstanding teaching, and to contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education. Applicants must teach in a school in one of the following jurisdictions: 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 Stafford counties; Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park cities.

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 2020-21 school year.

The Washington Post established the Teacher of the Year Award to recognize teachers who exemplify excellence in their profession. The goals of The Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award has always been to recognize excellence in teaching, to encourage creative and quality instruction and to contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education in the Washington metropolitan area.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140335

Number of Grants:

One (1) finalist will be selected as The Washington Post Teacher of the Year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The winning finalist will receive a signature trophy, a $7,500 monetary award, a feature spot in a ½ page ad that runs in The Washington Post newspaper, a profile in The Washington Post and on washingtonpost.com. All other finalists will receive a certificate of appreciation from The Washington Post.

Term of Contract:

All winners and finalists should remain under embargo until mid-April 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominees must be full-time teachers (in grades prekindergarten through 12) in an accredited school in one of the eligible jurisdictions. Each nominee must have a minimum of five years’ teaching experience, three of which must be in the school or school system in which he or she is currently serving. Nominees must be serving as a teacher for the 2020-21 school year.

Nominations may be submitted by teachers, students, former students, parents, administrators or the general public. Teachers may not nominate themselves.

Pre-Application Information:

2020-21 External Program Timeline:
- 10/19: Call for nominations. Materials shared with jurisdictions and files posted online.
- 1/25: Deadline for nomination sheets and packets.
- 03/08: The Washington Post to select and notify the winning Principal and Teacher. All winners and finalists, including individual jurisdiction finalists, should remain under embargo until mid-April 2021.
- 04/19: Promotion activities begin. Winner features posted online on washingtonpost.com.
- 04/20: The Washington Post feature 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.

All finalist materials are to be uploaded in a Dropbox and sent via email by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday, January 25, 2021.

Selection and Finalist Submission Process:
Teachers must first be nominated and one finalist 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. All school system finalists are under embargo until mid-April 2021.

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.

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.

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. Deadline for receipt of private school nominations is 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday, January 25. 2021.

A selection committee of individuals who represent teachers, administrators, parents and The Washington Post will review nomination materials for each finalist. Nominations are scored using a standardized rubric. One (1) finalist will be selected as The Washington Post Teacher of the Year. The winner will be notified by The Washington Post on Monday, March 8, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Public Schools: For further information, contact your local school superintendent’s office.

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

Private school nominations must be uploaded in a Dropbox and sent via email to the address below.

For further information, please contact:
The Washington Post
Community Relations Department
202.334.7969
community@washpost.com
washingtonpost.com/community

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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

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