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Big Apple Awards

Awards to New York City Educators to Recognize
Commitment to Students and School Communities

GrantWatch ID#: 176947
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New York City Department of Education


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Awards to New York City public school and charter school teachers to recognize outstanding commitment to their students and community. Nominations may be submitted by students, colleges, and other members of the school community. Special interest will be given to teachers in critical grades and subjects including grades 2, 7, and 10, and also teachers of special education and English Language Learners.

Additionally, the Lincoln Center Arts Teacher Award honors a dance, music, theater, music or visual arts teacher for a making a difference in the lives of his or her students and for going above and beyond in his or her role as an arts teacher.

A Big Apple Awards nomination is a great way to show your appreciation for a dedicated educator who has made an impact on you and/or your school community. Each nomination contributes to a citywide conversation about teaching excellence and showcases the great work happening in your school community.

More than 200 nominees are recognized as District Finalists, who will be engaged at the district level by their superintendents through a classroom visit and/or interview and invited to join the citywide Teacher Excellence Network.

Big Apple Award recipients are celebrated by the Chancellor and will spend the 2017-18 school year participating in the Big Apple Fellowship and representing teachers citywide as members of the Chancellor's Teacher Advisory Group. All nominees will be considered for additional DOE recognition opportunities throughout the year.

Early Career Fellowship Year:

Nominees with less than five years of teaching experience are considered for the Early Career Fellowship Year. A small group of nominees are invited to apply for selection as Early Career Fellows.

This process serves to recognize, celebrate, and inspire outstanding early career educators who have taught for five years or less in the NYC Department of Education. Early Career Fellows demonstrate high standards for their professional practice, serve as emerging leaders in their school communities, and consistently facilitate student achievement. A select group of teachers will be chosen to participate in the Early Career Fellowship Year, beginning in the September following their selection.

District and charter school teachers are eligible for nominations.

Nominations are due by Friday, December 9.

Anyone in New York City, including, students, teachers, parents, family members, staff members, administrators, and community members, can nominate any district or charter school teacher.

Application period: A select group of 1,000 nominees are invited to submit an application. A DOE committee reviews applications for consideration based on the selection criteria listed below.

District-level selection: Up to 250 applicants will be invited to the district-level selection stage, which may include an interview and/or classroom visit, led by their superintendent team. These District Finalists are recognized as exemplary educators and invited to join the citywide Teacher Excellence Network. Superintendents will designate up to two finalists per district to submit to the Board of Judges.

Board of Judges: A Board of Judges will review the top district-level finalists and recommend final recipients for the Chancellor's approval.

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New York City district and charter school teachers are eligible for nomination.

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