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

2024 Nebraska Teacher of the Year


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
158260

Funding Source
Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska Awards of Excellence Program
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Geographic Focus
USA: Nebraska

Important Dates
Deadline: 08/01/23 11:59 PM CDT Save

Grant Description
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 advances growth for students of all backgrounds and abilities;
  • Builds collaborative relationships with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of equity and success;
  • Deliberately connects the classroom to community to impact student growth and learning; 
  • As a lifelong learner and teacher leader, they utilize innovation to create learning experiences within and beyond the classroom, and
  • Expresses themselves in an engaging and clear way, conveying the lived classroom experience to a variety of audiences. 

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. Since 1988, 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).



Recipient

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.

Ineligible
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 2023: Application packets available.
- Deadline for receipt of applications: August 1, 2023, 11:59 pm (CDT:)
- August 2023: Finalists will be selected.
- Late August 2023: Finalists interviewed in Lincoln, Nebraska
- September 2023: Announcement of finalists
- September 2023: 2024 Nebraska Teacher of the Year Announced -- Press release of 2024 finalist and Nebraska Teacher of the Year
- December 2023: Awards 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 Full Grant Text RFP link.

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.

Term of Contract
Nebraska Teacher of the Year state obligations begin December 2023. National Teacher of the Year obligations begin January 2024.

Contact Information
Nebraska Teacher of the Year online Nomination Form: https://nde.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e2J87A9WreweQEC

Application form: https://ndeweb.na1.echosign.com/public/esignWidget?wid=CBFCIBAA3AAABLblqZhDQ9tDfftyXm77kxGjPllMdompVl1FNLRPdKZjDREeDaj-tu1MiyNVORJbm-2EBHaM

For additional information, please contact:
David Jespersen
David.Jespersen@nebraska.gov
402-471-4537

Nebraska Department of Education
500 S. 84th St., 2nd Floor
Lincoln, NE 68510-2611
402-471-2295

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