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Award to a Minnesota Teacher to Recognize Outstanding Contributions to Education

Minnesota Teacher of the Year Program


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Education Minnesota
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/15/23 Save

Grant Description
Award to a Minnesota teacher to recognize outstanding contributions to education. Nominations are invited for licensed teachers working in pre-K-12th grade classrooms or in ECFE or Adult Basic Education programs. The award recipient will represent the profession as an advocate for education and a spokesperson for teachers. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year makes presentations, meets with policymakers, and attends frequent meetings.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible nominees must meet these criteria:
- Teach in a public or nonpublic Pre-K through 12th-grade school or ECFE or Adult Basic Education program, working at least 50 percent of the time directly with students.
- Hold a bachelor’s degree and a Minnesota teaching license.
- Have completed five years of teaching by the nomination deadline.
- Intend to teach for the full following school year after being named.

Pre-Application Information
The nomination deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 15.

- Oct. 2, 2023: Nomination period opens.
- Nov. 15, 2023: Nomination period closes. Nomination forms must be on file in the state program office.
- Jan. 2024: Completed materials must be postmarked, emailed to the state program office.
- Feb. 2024: Semifinalists are selected.
- March 2024: Finalists are selected.
- May 5, 2024: Recognition banquet. All candidates are acknowledged and the 2024 Minnesota Teacher of the Year is announced.

Once nominated, teachers will receive a packet in the mail containing instructions for moving forward in this process. Note: Nominees only can accept nominations in any two consecutive years.

Number of Grants
The program chooses one teacher to represent Minnesota’s thousands of excellent educators.

Contact Information
Online Nomination Form:

For more information, call Ashley Behrens at 651-292-4862 or 800-652-9073.

Education Minnesota
41 Sherburne Ave
St. Paul, MN 55103

Fax: 651-292-4802

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