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Oklahoma Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program

Award to an Oklahoma PreK-12 Teacher for
Excellence in Classroom Education

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Oklahoma State Department of Education

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05/15/19 4:00 PM Receipt


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Award to an Oklahoma PreK-12 teacher for outstanding contributions to the teaching profession. Nominees should be skillful teachers dedicated to providing quality classroom education. Nominees should be planning to continue as an active teacher without being engaged in additional administrative activities.

According to the director of the National Teacher of the Year Program, a classroom teacher is one who teaches a group of students every day within the confines of the classroom and does not have administrative duties. Nominees should communicate effectively and demonstrate creative and imaginative teaching on a day-to-day basis. The nominee should have the ability to inspire the value of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities and assure academic success. It is important to emphasize that the search is not for “the best teacher,” but for one who exemplifies the finest in the profession.

Strong candidates have the respect and admiration of colleagues, as well as the following qualities:
1. Is an expert in his or her 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 embody lifelong learning.
5. Expresses him or herself in an engaging and articulate way.

The Oklahoma Teacher of the Year serves as Oklahoma Ambassador of Teaching, representing Oklahoma in the national competition by sharing knowledge and resources with fellow educators around the state and encouraging education as a profession.

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GrantWatch ID#: 180476

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 classroom teachers in state-accredited schools who are planning to continue in an active teaching status are eligible for nomination. No minimum years of teaching experience are required to be qualified for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.

Nominations should be made without regard to age, sex, race, or religion.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

At the local district level, the Teacher of the Year program is coordinated through the district superintendent, and it is his or her responsibility to make sure that every teacher is given the opportunity to participate in the recognition process. The local school district determines the local selection process and announces the local Teacher of the Year.

The state selection committee will follow procedures identified below for each of the twelve finalists to select the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.
- Conduct an interview
- View a digital video file of classroom teaching. Each of the twelve regional finalists will be responsible for submitting a ten-minute digital video file of classroom teaching in early September. If the local district does not have taping capabilities, assistance will be provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (each finalist may view previous Oklahoma Teacher of the Year videos upon request)
- Recommend the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year to the State Superintendent

- Wednesday, May 15, 2019, by 4 PM: Application Submission Deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted.
- June 4, 2019: The 12 finalists will be selected by the regional judging selection committee.
- By June 14, 2019: The 12 finalists will be notified via phone and email.
- July 23, 2019: The 12 finalists will be announced at EngageOK On the Road at Southmoore High School.
- August 28, 2019: The State Selection Committee will interview the 12 finalists. The process will consist of an interview, and evaluating candidate videos (each of the 12 finalists will electronically submit a ten-minute video of classroom teaching)
- September 17, 2019: The announcement of the Teacher of the Year will take place at State Fair Park at the Teacher of the Year Ceremony. (Rehearsal will be September 16, 2019.)

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Applications must be submitted from the Application Candidate’s District Superintendent’s email address to:

If you have any questions regarding the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year process, please contact:

Justin Newton, Events Coordinator
Oklahoma State Department of Education
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 115
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105-4599
(405) 522-8767

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