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New York State (NYS) Teacher of the Year

Award to a New York Teacher to Recognize
Outstanding Service in Public Education

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New York State Education Department (NYSED)

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Award to a New York preK-12 teacher to recognize outstanding contributions to public education.This program seeks to recognize and celebrate the exceptionally passionate and skilled educators serving students within the state. The selected recipient will go on to be considered in the national pool. The purpose of this program is to:

-Support the development of programs throughout the State that recognize great teachers in their schools;
-Engage exemplary teachers in professional development by completing the New York State Teacher of the Year application; and
-Identify and celebrate one teacher per year as the New York State Teacher of the Year who will represent all of New York State teachers at events throughout the State and at national events with Teachers of the Year from across the United States.

Teacher of the Year:

A Teacher of the Year is a skilled professional who has demonstrated excellence in the classroom and in the community. This teacher is respected by colleagues and all stakeholders in education.

At all levels, the Teacher of the Year is also the face and voice of exemplary educators. As a representative of the profession, this leader is asked to engage and inspire other teachers and community leaders.

At the state level, the New York State Teacher of the Year represents excellence and speaks for 220,000 New York State public school teachers by engaging in presentations, attending meetings, and participating in professional development at local, state and national levels.

While all of these qualifications are considered, the most important one is the superior ability to inspire learning in students of all backgrounds and competencies

Program Benefits and Responsibilities:

The New York State Teacher of the Year speaks on educational topics to organizations and groups, engages with other state teachers of the year, and traditionally participates in recognition events with the President of the United States at the White House. The New York State Teacher of the Year participates in state and national professional development and teacher leadership opportunities.

The New York State Teacher of the Year becomes New York's entrant in the National Teacher of the Year Program.

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Selection criteria - A nominee for New York State Teacher of the Year:
-Is a skilled and dedicated professional guiding students to reach their potential
-Demonstrates leadership and innovation that embodies lifelong learning in the classroom and community
-Is poised and articulate regarding current education issues
-Has New York State permanent or professional teaching certification within his or her current teaching area
-Works directly with students in a NYS public school at any grade level/subject area PreK-12
-Has a minimum of five years of current teaching experience
-Plans to continue in an active teaching status during and after the year of recognition
-Is rated “effective” or “highly effective” on his or her annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) or, if the APPR is not applicable to his or her current teaching area, has a record of effective or highly effective teaching performance as evidenced by student learning gains, assessments and recognition of work

Pre-Application Information:

A teacher may be nominated by any person within the school or community, including parents, students, business leaders, school administrators, or colleagues or may self-nominate.

If you are nominating a teacher, complete the Teacher of the Year Nomination Form. If you are self-nominating, complete the New York State Teacher of the Year Application.

Applications received after February 1, 2018 will not be considered. Step 1 applications are reviewed by the Teacher of the Year Advisory Council. Selected applicants will be notified and asked to complete Step 2.

Applicants moved to Step 2 of the application process will be notified on or before March 9, 2018 and asked to submit their response.

Site visit to applicant’s school/classroom for identified applicants will take place Early May 2018

A personal interview with selection committee will be held May 30, 2018 in Albany.

Applications must include the signature of your current school principal, school district superintendent, and union president.

The application process for New York State Teacher of the Year contains the following four steps. Applicants will be contacted after each step and notified if they have been selected to advance to the next step:

-Step 1: Required Information - Due February 1, 2018
-Step 2: Response Questions - Due March 30, 2018
-Step 3: Site Visit to the Applicant’s School/Classroom - Early May 2018
-Step 4: Personal interview with selection committee - May 30, 2018 in Albany

For more information about the National Teacher of the Year Program, visit: for more information.

Contact Information:

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

The New York State Education Department
Office of Curriculum and Instruction
89 Washington Ave. 860EBA
Albany, New York 12234

(518) 474-5922

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