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Big Apple Awards

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

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New York City Department of Education (DOE)

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Awards to New York City PreK-12 teachers who enrich their school community, demonstrate excellence in teaching and inspire students. The purpose of this award is to recognize the teachers who go above and beyond to benefit students and families within the city.

This program is especially interested in recognizing 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.

Why Nominate a 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 Finalists, who will be engaged at the district level by their superintendents through a classroom visit and/or interview.
-Big Apple Award recipients are celebrated by the Chancellor and will spend the 2018-19 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.

Benefits of Receiving the Big Apple Award:

In the spring, recipients receive surprise classroom visits from the Chancellor, Deputy Chancellors, and other members of the NYC education community, notifying them of their award. This allows the Department to honor and celebrate these exceptional teachers in the presence of their students and colleagues.

In the school year following the award, recipients serve as Big Apple Fellows, in addition to continuing their amazing work in the classroom. They serve on the Chancellor's Teacher Advisory Group and meet monthly to further develop and lead through their classroom. Through these experiences, the fellows have a platform to broaden their impact in education.

Big Apple Fellows:

The Big Apple Fellowship Year marks the culmination of the extensive Big Apple Awards selection process, and provides an opportunity for these exceptional teachers to continue to develop as leaders and ambassadors for their profession. Fellows' year-long experience focuses on three main goals:

-Engage in a dialogue with senior leadership regarding citywide policies and programs;
-Share excellent teaching practice with colleagues; and
-Deepen professional practices through specialized leadership development experiences.

Big Apple Award Selection Criteria:

During all stages of the process, candidates are selected based on their ability to demonstrate exceptional success in their impact on student learning, in their instructional practice, and in their professional contributions to their school community.

Impact on Student Learning:
-Sets and exceeds standards-driven goals for stellar student achievement (academic, social, and behavioral).
-Establishes trust with students to allow for true collaboration and broaden impact on student learning.

Instructional Practices:
-Uses rigorous instruction through a variety of teaching methods, creates a supportive environment in the classroom that actively engages students in learning, and acts as a collaborative teacher by working with others to innovate and hone their practice.
-Establishes trust with colleagues to allow for true collaboration and strengthen instructional practices.

Contributions to School Community:
-Demonstrates effective leadership in and out of the classroom and shows relentless efforts to build strong family-community ties.
-Establishes trust with families and school leaders to allow for true collaboration and expands the impact of the professional contributions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176947

Number of Grants:

One recipient per district will receive the Big Apple Award.

Term of Contract:

Big Apple Award recipients will spend the 2018-19 school year participating in the Big Apple Fellowship and representing teachers citywide as members of the Chancellor's Teacher Advisory Group.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominations are invited on behalf of a current teacher in a NYCDOE district school, a charter school, or in a pre-kindergarten classroom at a community-based early childhood center.

Pre-Application Information:

Students, parents, teachers, colleagues, principals, and community members can submit a nomination for a current teacher. Self-nominations are accepted.

Nominations are due by Monday, November 27.

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.

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 Finalists are recognized as exemplary educators. 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.

More information about the Fellowship Year may be found here:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York