THE APPLICATION PROCESS
School and community
stakeholders nominate teachers, assistant principals and principals for the award.
Nominations open at the very beginning of each school year.
Applicants are invited to submit a video of their classroom or a
professional development session.
and project proposal
Applicants complete essays that demonstrate their positive impact on student achievement
and self esteem as well
as their ability to collaborate with
Applicants describe in detail the project they would like to implement to expand their impact in their class or school.
observations and interviews
Semi-finalists advance to
live classroom and school observations conducted by past winners of the award.
And our finalists
participate in multiple
panel interviews, some
with past winners, as well.
The first step in our process to ensuring that all children receive an exemplary education is to identify the educators and the strengths they bring with them into the classroom.
Our merit-based awards program has a rigorous application
process designed to identify educators who demonstrate
increases in student achievement, enhancement of
student self-esteem, and collaboration with
Nominees are asked to outline a project they'd like
funded that will help them make an even greater
impact in their classrooms or schools.
Pre-K through 12th Grade Teacher, Assistant Principal or Principal (*At this time we are unable to consider instructional coaches, counselors or support staff positions.)
Must be in one of the following districts:
Atlanta, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett
Charter or Traditional School
Taught in district during
the 2017-2018 school year
Plans to remain in district
until summer 2020
Must have completed 2 years
in education prior to applying
Top performing educators
are notified of winning the
award in special surprise
day ceremonies, and then
celebrated in front of peers
and community members
during an awards ceremony.