Schools Chancellor announces Third Annual Big Apple Awards for Teacher Excellence

NEW YORK (TIP): Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced the thirdannual Big Apple Awards: Recognizing Teacher Excellence in New York City, overseen by the Department of Education in partnership with the Fund for Public Schools. The Big Apple Awards celebrate educators across the City and honor teachers who inspire students, model great teaching, and enrich their school communities. An open, citywide call for nominations for the Big Apple Awards begins today and will continue through January 19, 2015.

Students, families, educators, and community members can nominate a standout teacher in their life by visiting the Big Apple Awards website. Nominees must be current, fulltime public school teachers who have demonstrated exceptional success in impacting student learning, in their instructional practices, and in their professional contributions to their school community. “New York City has so many hardworking, inspiring teachers who are lifting up their students and communities, and I encourage students, families, and educators to think about teachers who are making a difference and nominate them for this well-deserved recognition,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.

Following the open nomination period, a select group of up to 500 nominees will be invited to complete a comprehensive application for the Big Apple Awards. The DOE will interview up to 100 semifinalists, and visit the classrooms of 40 finalists. The rigorous process will culminate with a celebration in June honoring up to 12 outstanding educators as recipients of the Big Apple Awards. The recipients will spend the 2015 – 16 school year representing teachers citywide as teacher leaders and members of the Chancellor’s Advisory Group, while continuing to educate and inspire students in the classroom.

Last year there were more than 3,100 nominations for the Big Apple Awards from across the City and 60% of nominations came from students and families. The 40 finalists represented all five boroughs, while the 12 award recipients included three teachers each from the Bronx and Brooklyn, and two each from Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. These recipients represent the diversity of subject areas, experience, and backgrounds that make up the City’s teaching force.

You can learn more about last year’s winners here. This year’s Big Apple Awards represent another opportunity to celebrate our diverse range of great teachers who are setting the foundation for the next generation of New York City, and engage in a citywide dialogue about what excellent teaching looks like. For more information, visit the Big Apple Awards website, speak to your parent coordinator, or email Teachers may also call HR Connect with additional questions.

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