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Award to a Nebraska PreK-12 Teacher to Recognize
Outstanding Contributions to Education

2023 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

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Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) - Nebraska Awards of Excellence Program

Deadline Date:

08/18/22 11:59 PM CDT - Postmark or Electronic Submission

Description:

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Award to a Nebraska PreK-12 classroom teacher to honor outstanding achievements and contributions to education. All award finalists will receive a $1,000 grant for educational projects and professional pursuits. Key qualifications include the use of effective teaching methods and the ability to inspire and motivate students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.

The Nebraska Teacher of the Year candidate has the respect and admiration of colleagues and:

  • Is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve  excellence;
  • Collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success;
  • Deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large;
  • Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning; and,
  • Expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way. 

In order to encourage innovative educational programs to benefit students and local school districts, the Nebraska State Board of Education awards a grant to each of the finalists so each honored teacher can pursue an educational project of special interest. In the past, teachers and their students have acquired (or produced) special curriculum materials, purchased classroom technological equipment, acquired new skills through attendance at seminars, studied arts and humanities, sponsored student field trips, and purchased unique items not otherwise budgeted for (such as artwork for display and a school sign for placement outside a new building).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158260

Number of Grants:

The Nebraska Application Review Committee selects five Award of Excellence Teachers. Out of these five, the Nebraska Teacher of the Year will be determined.

Estimated Size of Grant:

In order to encourage innovative educational programs to benefit students and local school districts, the Nebraska State Board of Education awards a $1,000 grant to each of the finalists so each honored teacher can pursue an educational project of special interest.

Sponsors and other friends of the Nebraska Teacher of the Year Program have provided stipends to the Awards of Excellence recipients and to the Nebraska Teacher of the Year.

Term of Contract:

Nebraska Teacher of the Year state obligations begin November 2022. National Teacher of the Year obligations begin January 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Certified teachers, who plan to continue in an active teacher status in any state-approved or accredited school pre-kindergarten through grade 12, may be nominated. Supervisory and administrative responsibilities are secondary considerations.

The Award program serves to recognize the contributions of the classroom teacher. Candidates must be exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teachers; have the respect and admiration of parents, colleagues, and students; play active and useful roles in the community as well as in the school; be poised and articulate; and possess the energy to withstand a busy schedule. Although the selection committee will consider all items on the application, effective classroom teaching and the capability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn are the most important qualifications.

Teachers who have been nominated in prior years but did not achieve at least an Award of Excellence ranking may be nominated.

Teachers who have received recognition as Nebraska Teacher of the Year or who have been recognized as an Award of Excellence Recipient in the previous three years are not eligible for nomination.

Pre-Application Information:

Tentative Timeline:
- March 2022: Application packets available.
- Deadline Extended: August 18, 2022, 11:59 pm (CDT:) Postmarked or Submitted deadline for receipt of applications.
- Deadline Extended: August 31: Finalists will be selected.
- Deadline Extended: September 7/8: Finalists will be interviewed.
- Deadline Extended: Mid-September : Finalists will be announced.
- November 3, 2022: Recognition Event.

Those individuals interested in nominating a teacher will complete and submit the nomination form. The teacher will then receive the Teacher of the Year application to be completed and submitted. Candidates do not need to be nominated to complete the application. Whether nominated by someone else or applying directly for the honor, each candidate must personally complete the application form.

The Nebraska Application Review Committee examines all applications submitted and selects five Award of Excellence Teachers. Each of the Award of Excellence Teachers will be interviewed to determine the Nebraska Teacher of the Year, who will be eligible for consideration as the National Teacher of the Year.

The Nebraska Teacher of the Year’s duties will be extensive. The selected candidate will maintain a regular teaching schedule while also fulfilling the duties of the Teacher of the Year position. For further details, see the URL for Full Text below.

Contact Information:

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

Nebraska Teacher of the Year online Nomination Form: https://nde.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bPp6BBO22QdYHHw

For additional information, please contact:
Lora Sypal, Teacher of the Year Coordinator
Nebraska Department of Education
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Telephone: (402) 471-5059
Email: lora.sypal@nebraska.gov

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