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Award to an Arkansas Public School Teacher for
Outstanding Instruction in PreK-12 Classrooms

2023 Arkansas Teacher of the Year (ATOY)

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) - Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Conf. Date:

05/11/22

Deadline Date:

06/06/22 Noon

Description:

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Award to an Arkansas PreK-12 teacher to recognize outstanding contributions to the quality of public education. The selected candidate will spend a year of service providing technical assistance to other teachers and participate in professional development opportunities. Each public school district in Arkansas may select one teacher as its District Teacher of the Year and nominate that teacher for the ATOY.

As part of the NTOY program, the Arkansas Teacher of Year (ATOY) program honors and utilizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms in Arkansas public schools. The mission of the ATOY program is to promote the profession and recognize quality teachers who implement "best practices" in Arkansas public school classrooms. The ATOY is released from the classroom during the year of service and serves as a spokesperson and advocate for the teaching profession. The ATOY program functions under the leadership of the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) in partnership with the State Board of Education.

Each public school district in Arkansas may select one teacher as its District Teacher of the Year and nominate that teacher for the ATOY. 

Duties include the following:

  • Serving on paid administrative leave from his or her district to work with the Division of Elementary & Secondary Education.
  • Developing professional development and providing technical assistance to Arkansas teachers and students.
  • Serving as a non-voting member of the State Board of Education.
  • Serving as an ambassador for education in Arkansas 
  • Making appropriate public appearances across the state.
  • Representing Arkansas in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170962

Number of Grants:

1

Term of Contract:

The ATOY will begin his or her duties on July 1, 2023 and will end his or her duties on June 30, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Candidates must be skillful and dedicated teachers in grades pre-kindergarten through 12.
- The ATOY candidate must be engaged directly in instruction in a classroom setting for more than 70 percent of the individual's contracted time.
- Instructional Facilitators must be engaged directly in instruction with students in a classroom setting for more than seventy percent (70%) of the individual’s contracted time to qualify.
- Librarians and Guidance Counselors are eligible to participate in the ATOY.
- Administrators are not eligible.

Candidates who are not actively engaged in teaching in a public school at the time at which observations are made shall be disqualified.

Previous ATOY winners are not eligible for nomination.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be an ATOY Application Support Zoom meeting on Wednesday, May 11th at 3:00 p.m. Webinar information will go out on social media and the ATOY webpage on May 4th.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit the online application is at noon on June 6, 2022.

Timeline:
March 14, 2022: Application Window Opens
May 11, 2022: ATOY Application Support Zoom meeting at 3:00 p.m.
June 6, 2022: Applications are due by NOON.
June 10, 2022: Applications go out to the selection panel for scoring
July 15, 2022: Regional Finalists will be notified
August 2022: Finalist Recognition Ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion
August 2022: Finalist Recognition at the Arkansas Travelers Game (tentative)
September 2022: The ATOY selection panel visits four finalists’ schools for classroom observations and interviews
December 2022: Announcement of 2023 ATOY will be made prior to this date
January 2023: 2023 ATOY begins training for year of service
July 1, 2023: 2023 ATOY begins year of service

If a candidate is named District Teacher of the Year on more than one occasion, he/she may re-apply as ATOY so long as three years have passed from the previous application year. Previous ATOY winners are not eligible for nomination.

Contact Information:

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

Candidates nominated by their districts must complete an online application which is available at this link: https://forms.gle/of4TkkHqiuNxZFjn6

After completing and submitting the form, you must e-mail the Arkansas Department of Education at ATOY.Application@ade.arkansas.gov to let the ATOY coordinator know your application has been submitted.

Venus Torrence
501-683-4786
Venus.Torrence@ade.arkansas.gov

Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Communications
Four Capitol Mall, Room 404-A
Little Rock, AR 72201

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