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Washington State Teacher of the Year

Awards to Washington Teachers to Recognize
Contributions to the Teaching Profession

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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State of Washington - Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

Deadline Date:

03/01/20

Description:

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Awards to Washington public school teachers to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of education. Nominees will be evaluated on their innovation and leadership, community involvement, quality of teaching, knowledge, and collaboration with colleagues, students, and families.

Washington's Teacher of the Year program recognizes as many as ten regional finalists and selects one state Teacher of the Year annually. This state Teacher of the Year is Washington’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year.

State and Regional Teachers of the Year Will:

  • Attend a long weekend (Friday - Monday) of interviews, leadership retreat, and awards ceremony (mid-September).
  • Complete a collection of teacher tales to be shared with the public.
  • Travel the state and their regions to share their expertise with community groups, businesses, government officials and future teachers.
  • Identify and advocate for educational issues of particular interest to them.
  • Receive small cash awards and additional prizes in recognition of their achievements.

The State Teacher of the Year Will:

  • Represent the state at all required National Teacher of the Year events including several national leadership conferences and the national recognition week in Washington, D.C.
  • Serve as the Teacher-in-Residence for Washington's Teacher of the Year program January - June.
  • Respond to and fulfill Teacher of the Year speaking requests, presentations, etc.
  • Collaborate with the Washington Teacher Advisory Council (WATAC) leadership team to engage with alumni award winners.
  • Identify statewide issues of interest to them and author publications to support them.
  • Design and carry out a personal communication plan to include a social media and web presence, traditional media strategy, and other publications.
  • Network with teacher preparation programs across the state.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179840

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Washington's Teacher of the Year program recognizes as many as ten regional finalists and selects one state Teacher of the Year annually.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any Washington public school teacher who has a current certificate, works directly with students for at least 50% of their time, has not already been recognized as a Regional or State Teacher of the Year, and plans to continue teaching through 2021 - 22 is eligible for Washington State Teacher of the Year.

Pre-Application Information:

The nomination form opens in January and closes March 1.

The Teacher of the Year is selected in early September. Regional finalists attend a day of interviews followed by a weekend leadership retreat in Olympia. The State Superintendent announces the Teacher of the Year the following Monday during the annual Teacher of the Year award ceremony at MoPop in Seattle.

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Submit a nomination online:
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5412157/2021-Teacher-of-the-Year-Nomination

Hilary Seidel
360-725-6117
hilary.seidel@k12.wa.us

State of Washington
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Old Capitol Building
PO Box 47200
600 Washington St. S.E.
Olympia, WA 98504-7200

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