Teacher and Principal of the Year

Awards to Louisiana Public School Teachers and
Administrators for Contributions to Education

GrantWatch ID#: 177104
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Louisiana Department of Education - Dream Teachers - Louisiana Association of Principals


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Awards to Louisiana teachers and principals to recognize outstanding contributions to education within the state. This program provides recognition to outstanding educators who are making exceptional gains with students. Their commitment to student success exemplifies Louisiana’s teaching profession.

Award Criteria:
-Demonstrates excellence in the field, guiding students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence.
-Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning.
-Collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success.

1 Teacher of the Year; 1 Principal of the Year

Louisiana public school teachers and principals are eligible for nomination.

The nominations portal will open on September 5 and close on September 29, 2017. Teachers, parents, community members, etc., submit Teacher/Principal of the Year nominations/self-nominations. Upon portal close, the nominations information will be made available to districts/charters.

Districts/LEAs will select up to three overall Teacher and Principal of the Year finalists, one per division (elementary, middle and high), to move on to the state competition. By Wednesday, January 17, 2018 all candidate applications must be submitted in the online application portal.

The Department identifies 48 semi-finalists (24 teachers and 24 principals) and notifies them in April. The State team will conduct semi-finalist level competition in April and May.

The Department selects the top 18 Teacher and Principal of the Year finalists (9 teachers and 9 principals) and announces at the Teacher Leader Summit in New Orleans. The Teacher Leader Summit will be held May 29 – June 1, 2018.

State selection committees (composed of community and education leaders) will interview the 18 finalists and select the state-level Teacher and Principal of the Year winners. Honorees will be recognized and celebrated and state-level winners named.

-Nomination Portal Opens: September 5 - 29, 2017
-Application Release: October 10, 2017
-State-level Applications Due: January 17, 2018
-Semi-Finals: April 2018
-Semi-finalists will be announced; May 2018
-Finalists will be announced at Teacher Leader Summit: June 2018
-Recognition: July 27, 2018

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