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Alaska Teacher of the Year (TOY)

Award to an Alaska Classroom Teacher for
Outstanding Contributions to Education

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Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

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Award to an Alaska teacher to recognize outstanding contributions to the quality of classroom education. Nominations are invited on behalf of teachers who exemplify teaching excellence, leadership, and community involvement. The winning teacher will go on for consideration in the national pool.

The classroom teacher is the backbone of the American educational system. No one person has a greater impact on the education of a child than does the teacher who creates the primary learning and instructional environment. The mission of the Alaska and National Teacher of the Year Program is to honor our nation’s greatest teachers while providing rigorous professional learning for them as teachers and advocates.

Nominate a teacher in your district who has the respect and admiration of their 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.

About the National Teacher of the Year Program:

The National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The NTOY is chosen from among the State Teachers of the Year by a National Selection Committee representing the major national education organizations. Each April, the NTOY is introduced to the American people by the President of the United States.

Participation in the NTOY Program is available through the State Teacher of the Year Program. Each year the 50 states, five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity name a state teacher of the year.

During the official year of recognition, the NTOY Program is released from classroom duties to travel nationally and internationally as a spokesperson and advocate for the teaching profession. The teacher's home state and district ensure the teacher's salary and benefits. All scheduling and logistical arrangements for the National Teacher are coordinated through the NTOY Program. National Teachers average over 150 events each year before audiences ranging from several hundred to over ten thousand. Television, radio, and the print media readily utilize National Teachers to represent the voice of education. The National Teacher may be called upon to represent American educators to audiences in other nations. National Teachers are frequently requested to sit on national and state commissions and policy advising bodies.

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GrantWatch ID#: 172911

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Alaska classroom teachers are eligible for nomination.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations are due by Monday, April 2, 2018.

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

Please submit the nomination form electronically to:

Cecilia Miller, Program Coordinator
(907) 465-8703

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska