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Awards of Excellence Program - Nebraska Teacher of the Year Program

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

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Nebraska Department of Education (NDE)

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 11:59 PM CST Postmarked or Receipt


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Award to an outstanding Nebraska PreK-12 classroom teacher, and $1,000 grants to award finalists to recognize the contributions and achievements of classroom teachers. Eligible candidates should be dedicated, skilled, and knowledgeable; 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.

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 that 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 art work for display and a school sign for placement outside a new building).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158260

Estimated Size of Grant:

A $1,000 grant and gifts from sponsors.

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.

Whether nominated or applying directly, each candidate must personally complete the application form. All answers must be in the teacher's own words.

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 State 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:

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. (Central Standard Time) August 1, 2019.

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.

The Nebraska Application Review Panel examines all applications submitted and selects up to 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.

- March 2019; Application packets available.
- August 1, 2019 (CST): Postmarked or Submitted deadline for receipt of applications.
- August/September 2019: Finalists will be selected and notified.
- September/October 2019: Finalists will be interviewed in Lincoln.
- November 7, 2019; Recognition luncheon

The Application Review Panel and the Interview Panel want to see the candidate's teaching strategies and how he or she effectively communicates with students. Candidates are asked to submit an unedited YouTube video of a single lesson, not to exceed 15 minutes, of instruction.

Contact Information:

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

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Applications should be sent to:

Lora Sypal
(402) 471-5059

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Nebraska