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Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY)

Award to a Michigan Teacher to Recognize
Exemplary Contributions to Education

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Michigan Department of Education (MDE)

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10/20/17 11:59 PM - Deadline for Nominations


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Award to a Michigan individual teacher to recognize outstanding contributions to the quality of education. This awards program provides an opportunity for an exemplary teacher to serve, lead, learn, and grow. The selected candidate will have access to professional development programs and be considered in the national award pool.

The Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY) is the spokesperson for Michigan's 100,000+ teachers. The MTOY attends all State Board of Education meetings as a non-voting member of the board. Additionally, the MTOY has the opportunity to meet with the State Superintendent, Governor of Michigan, President of the United States, and other State and National Teachers of the Year.

The MTOY is Michigan's applicant for National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) and attends four national conferences through the NTOY program, including attendance at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.

The MTOY has the opportunity through Walden University for a full scholarship to the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership programs. The MTOY brings recognition to the district he or she represents and has expanded opportunities for advancement in the field of education.

The MTOY will:

-Serve as an ambassador for all Michigan teachers and for the MDE calling positive attention to education as an honorable profession, and urging students and others to consider teaching as their chosen profession. The MTOY works to elevate the teaching profession and serves as an ambassador for the MTOY’s own district.

-Inspire and challenge colleagues through professional development sessions and keynote addresses.

-Act as a role model for innovation in education.

-Work directly with the MTOY coordinator to: learn about the MDE, the SBE, the Network of Michigan Educators (NME), and government protocols; establish effective communication strategies (personal web page and frequent review of e-mail messages); set priorities for the year; confirm commitments, speaking engagements, committee and task force assignments and appointments, and more.

-Meet with the MDE management staff: State Superintendent, State Board Executive, Public Information Officer (PIO), Legislative Directors, and the MDE Office Directors. The purpose of these meetings is for the MTOY to become familiar with the work of the agency, the current issues and messages of key leaders, and for agency leaders to learn about the MTOY.

-Attend State Board of Education meetings as a non-voting representative of Michigan educators. MTOY will represent the Network of Michigan Educators (NME) at the Board meetings. The MTOY should provide the voice/opinion/expertise of the teacher as policy issues are being addressed at Board meetings. The MTOY will prepare and present monthly reports to the Board. The Board Report and any presentation accompanying it must be sent electronically to the MTOY Coordinator at least one week before every meeting.

-The MTOY will become familiar with the goals of the State Board and structure much of his/her focus toward these goals, promoting current State Board strategic initiatives.

-AssistwithpolicydevelopmentasrequestedbytheSBE,theState Superintendent, and members of the Legislature.

-Actively participate in the NME, serving on the Steering Committee and the annual conference planning committee. The MTOY will have a public role at the annual recognition banquet.

-Apply for the position of National Teacher of the Year (NTOY). (The NTOY serves in an on-loan capacity at the national level, traveling around the world, speaking on behalf of the teaching profession. Tom Fleming, 1991-92 MTOY, served as the 1992 National Teacher of the Year.)

-Participate in the National Teacher of the Year programs including: the National Conference, in January; the ceremonies announcing the National Teacher of the Year in Washington, D.C., in April; NASA International Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, in July.

-Respond to requests for providing professional development sessions or speaking engagements in the following areas: pre-service and student teaching; curriculum issues (demonstrate promising practices); and areas of expertise and personal interest.

-Call attention to recognition programs including MTOY, Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program, MDE Talent Pool, etc. Serve on award selection panels as appropriate.

-Prepare her/himself for interactions with the media; serve as a positive spokesperson on radio and television and with the print media.

-Participate in events sponsored by Meemic Insurance Company, with expenses covered by the Meemic Foundation’s financial sponsorship.

-Maintain a blog that addresses appropriate educational issues for Meemic newsletter.

-Other duties as assigned.

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GrantWatch ID#: 150051

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Benefits include:

-Being a spokesperson for Michigan’s 100,000+ teachers and bringing recognition to your district.
-Attending all State Board of Education meetings as a non-voting member of the board.
-Receiving additional teacher-leadership training at national conferences and network with other state TOYs.
-Attending Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama with other state TOYs.
-Working with the Meemic Foundation to create and host professional development opportunities for your fellow teachers.
-Possibility of receiving invitations to be a part of state-level workgroups and committees.
-Being Michigan’s applicant for National Teacher of the Year (NTOY), if selected as MTOY.
-Meeting the President of the United States, members of Congress, the Governor of Michigan, and other state lawmakers.
-Free three-year subscription to SMART Technologies Learning Suite software.
-Walden University offers full-tuition scholarships to State Teachers of the Year enrolling in the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership programs within 15 months of being named their state’s TOY.
-As MTOY, Meemic supplies a $1,000 check to your school for classroom expenses and provides financial support for your travel to events as MTOY.

Term of Contract:

The time period for 2018-2019 MTOY responsibilities begins with the start of the 2018-19 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The MTOY will:

-Be a certified Michigan Teacher in good standing with her/his district/employer.
-Have at least five years of successful teaching experience in Michigan.
-Be involved in the direct education of students.

Pre-Application Information:

Use the online form to nominate a teacher for MTOY. Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 PM on Friday, October 20.


-September 12, 2017: Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY) nominations period begins.
-October 20, 2017: Nominations period ends at 11:59 PM.
-Early November 2017: Nominated teachers receive an email inviting them to complete Part A of the MTOY application.
-December 29, 2017: Deadline date for MTOY Part A Applications via email by 11:59 PM.
-Late December 2017 to Mid-January 2018: Application A review and candidates selected to move to the second part of the process, Application Part B. Those selected to continue are considered semi-finalists.
-Late January 2018: MTOY semi-finalists notified by email and invited to submit Part B of the MTOY application. Application Part B will only be accepted from the semi-finalists. Those not chosen as semi- finalists will receive a notification by email of their application status.
-Early March 2018: Deadline date for MTOY Part B Application email to (exact date will be communicated to applicants at time of notification of semifinalist status)
-March 2018: Part B applications are reviewed, and regional Teachers of the Year selected.
-April 2018: Selection panel interviews regional Teachers of the Year to select the MTOY.
-May 2018: 2018-2019 Michigan Teacher of the Year announced.
-June 2018: MTOY and regional Teachers of the Year are invited to the Michigan State Board of Education meeting where they are introduced to board members and receive recognition.
August 2018: Time period for 2018-2019 MTOY responsibilities begins with the start of the 2018-19 school year.

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More information about the National Teacher of the Year program may be found here:

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

Nomination Form:

Joshua Roesner, MDE Teacher of the Year Coordinator

Office of Educator Talent
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan