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2019 Mississippi Administrator of the Year and 2019 Mississippi Teacher of the Year (MTOY)

Awards to Mississippi K-12 Teachers and Administrators
for Contributions to Public Education

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Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) - Office of Teaching and Leading

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01/11/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Awards to Mississippi K-12 classroom teachers and administrators to recognize outstanding contributions to public education. Districts are invited to nominate one teacher and one administrator for the state title. Consideration will be given to teachers that inspire students, are active in the community, and possess leadership capabilities.

About the Mississippi Teacher of the Year Program:

The Mississippi Teacher of the Year Program (MTOY) recognizes outstanding performance by public school teachers. Each local school district may nominate one teacher for the state title. The 2019 Mississippi Teacher of the Year must be a certified classroom teacher (K-12 standard license) in a state-accredited public school who plans to teach next year.

Official applications and instructions are sent to each district's central office. The Teacher of the Year application, signed by the school principal, superintendent, and the candidate is returned to the Office of Teaching and Leading for scoring. Four finalists (one from each Congressional District) will be chosen. The teacher selected as the Mississippi Teacher of the Year will be the state's nominee for National Teacher of the Year the following year.

Upon entering the program, the superintendent agrees to allow his/her local nominee to serve on the 2020 Selection Committee, should the teacher be chosen as the 2019 Mississippi Teacher of the Year. The superintendent also agrees to allow the nominee time out of his/her classroom to make official appearances as state Teacher of the Year. The superintendent shall agree to release the nominee to participate in the Mississippi Teacher of the Year Awards Program. The district agrees to designate a substitute on these occasions.

If the Mississippi Teacher of the Year (MTOY) is selected as the National Teacher of the Year, his/her district agrees to release the teacher from classroom responsibilities for one year to serve as spokesperson and advocate for the teaching profession.

The Expectations:

The Mississippi Teacher of the Year represents all of the outstanding teachers in Mississippi. The teacher serves as an ambassador for the profession as well as a spokesperson for teachers. The MTOY program provides enriching experiences for the selected teachers. The following are examples of opportunities available to the MTOY:

-Present his/her platform for the year served,
-Attend workshops and seminars designed to promote their teacher's platform,
-Represent the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE ) at workshops and conferences,
-Chair committees and task forces to support teaching and learning,
-Assist in the recruitment and retention of teachers in the profession,
-Present his/her area of expertise at workshops and conferences.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179095

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Mississippi Teacher of the Year Program provides the following awards.
-The MTOY will receive a $5,000 salary supplement from the MDE for their year of service.
-MTOY and finalists will receive formal recognition by MDE.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Administrator of the Year: The applicant must be qualified for nomination by serving as an elementary or secondary principal, assistant principal, vocational-technical or alternative school director.

Teacher of the Year: The program is open to all certified classroom teachers in grades K-12 who teach in state-accredited public schools and plan to teach the following year. Administrators, supervisors, college, and university teachers are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

All nominations must be typed and signed by the principal and/or superintendent.

The deadline for submitting school district nominee applications for Mississippi Administrator of the Year and Mississippi Teacher of the Year is 5:00 PM on January 11, 2019.

Timeline (tentative):

October 2018: 2019 nomination applications emailed to district superintendents.

January 11, 2019: The original application and 4 stapled copies must be submitted to the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Teaching and Leading.Faxed entries will not be accepted.

February 2019: A Letter of Congratulations and luncheon registration form will be emailed to nominees.

February 2019: 2019 Selection Committees will meet to select the four Congressional District Finalists for each award.

March 1, 2019: Registration deadline for Awards Luncheon

TBD: Congressional District Finalists Interviews

March 29, 2019: Mississippi Administrator and Teacher of the Year Awards Luncheon (Jackson Convention Center

Each district is allowed to nominate one administrator and one teacher. The procedure used to select the DAOY and DTOY is determined by the school district.

Contact Information:

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

Please send the complete packet via postal mail to:

Mississippi Department of Education
Administrator of the Year Program
Office of Teaching and Leading
P.O. Box 771
Jackson, Mississippi 39205-0771

Sandra Hilliard

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USA: Mississippi