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2019 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program

Awards to Wyoming PreK-12 Teachers to Recognize
Excellence in the Teaching Profession

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Awards to Wyoming PreK-12 classroom teachers to recognize outstanding contributions to the quality of education within the State. Please note that only district-level winners may apply for the state-level award; applicants are advised to verify their school district’s deadline for consideration in the district-level award.

Teacher of the Year Program:

The Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program recognizes the contributions of a certified classroom teacher in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. There are three awards for which a teacher may be eligible:
-District Teacher of the Year (DTOY)
-Wyoming Teacher of the Year (WTOY)
-National Teacher of the Year (NTOY)

Each DTOY awardee is eligible to be considered for the WTOY award.

Duties & Responsibilities of the WTOY:

The successful candidate who serves as the Wyoming Teacher of the Year must maintain his/her current employment position. If the WTOY is selected as the National Teacher of the Year, they will be released from classroom responsibilities during the year of national recognition.

Being named Wyoming Teacher of the Year comes with the significant responsibility of representing the entire teaching profession in Wyoming.

The WTOY acts as:
-A liaison between the teaching community, Wyoming Legislature, WDE, districts and communities. -An education ambassador to businesses, parents, service organizations, and media.
-A resource on the state of the profession; to be available for workshops and conferences across the state.
-An education leader involved in teacher forums and education reform.

The WTOY is expected to attend both state and national events such as education meetings, conferences, and workshops. Since the WTOY will be requested to attend many events and make presentations and speeches during the year, they must be poised, articulate, and have the energy to withstand a busy schedule.

The WTOY automatically becomes the nominee for the NTOY Program, which is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Selection Criteria for WTOY:

A candidate for WTOY is a DTOY who teaches pre-kindergarten through grade twelve, who is planning to continue in an active teaching status.

The candidate for WTOY has the respect and admiration of their colleagues and:
1. Is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence,
2. Collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success,
3. Deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large,
4. Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies
lifelong learning, and
5. Expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179339

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Each DTOY that applies to be the WTOY will receive a monetary award. Award amounts are contingent upon the availability of state funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A candidate for WTOY is a DTOY who teaches pre-kindergarten through grade twelve, who is planning to continue in an active teaching status.

Pre-Application Information:

Each school district determines its own nomination and review process. Teachers can be nominated from each school in the district, or districts may choose to nominate teachers from one small, one medium, and one large school within the district. The method for selecting candidates is determined by the district, and teachers can be nominated by parents, students, colleagues, principals, and so on. The DTOY review committee may consist of building principals, district superintendents, colleagues, student organizations, building staff/faculty, general public, and local legislators (relatives of the DTOY candidates should be excluded from the review process).

Districts are no longer required to submit their DTOY selection process to the WDE.

DTOY applicants must submit their own application to the WDE no later than Friday, June 15, 2018. Only the application for the DTOY awardee should be submitted to the WDE. Only one (1) application per district will be accepted.

The DTOY awardees from each district will be considered for the WTOY award. Additionally, the WTOY awardee will be considered for the NTOY award.

The top five finalists will be required to submit a video of themselves teaching. The video should demonstrate the teacher’s instructional ability.

Timeline Description:

-By a deadline established by your local school district: Submit the application to the point person(s) who facilitates the TOY program in your district.

-June 15, 2018: Each local school district submits application for the 2019 DTOY awardee to the WDE. All DTOY awardees become candidates for the WTOY award.

-June 15 through September 2018: WDE Team moves through its selection process for WTOY.

-No later than October 2, 2018: Each participating district announces its DTOY awardee. The local school district may choose to announce its DTOY any time before this date but no later than this date. Please note: a DTOY that becomes a finalist for WTOY will be notified sometime between June and August.

-No later than October 9, 2018: 2019 WTOY awardee is announced by the WDE.

-November 2018: Monetary awards for the DTOYs and WTOY are processed. Award amounts are contingent upon availability of state funding.

-November 2, 2018: Application for the National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) award is due. This is submitted by the WDE on behalf of the WTOY.

-November through December 2018: The National Selection Committee moves through its selection process for NTOY.

-January 2019: Four NTOY finalists, their state superintendent, and state teams of the four states selected will be notified by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

-March 2019: The four NTOY finalists will be brought to Washington, D.C., where they will meet with the Selection Committee in a variety of situations, including individual interviews.

-April/May 2019: The 2019 National Teacher of the Year will be announced and honored in Washington, DC.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the application online here:

Robin Grandpre, WDE Teacher of the Year Coordinator
(307) 777-5315

Wyoming Department of Education
Attn: Robin Grandpre Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
2300 Capitol Ave.
Cheyenne, WY 82002

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