Have a favorite New York City school teacher? Nominate him or her for a Big Apple Award.
Anyone can nominate any current city traditional or charter school teacher for the award. The criteria that teachers will be judged on include: impact on students’ learning, instructional practices, and professional contributions. Nominations can be submitted online at schools.nyc.gov by Jan. 17, 2014 and must include the teacher’s name, school and borough.
After initial review, a select group of nominees will be invited to complete a more comprehensive application in March. Semi-Finalists will be interviewed; finalists will be visited in their classrooms.
Up to 10 winners will be announced in June. Recipients will receive classroom grants for their students and schools. Big Apple Award recipients will continue to stay in the classroom, while serving as citywide ambassadors for the 2014-15 school year.
Last year, out of 2,000 nominations, 51 teachers from across all five boroughs were chosen as finalists, five of whom taught in Queens.