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The Big Apple Awards, now in its fourth year, is a citywide recognition program that celebrates the educators of New York City who inspire students, model great teaching, and enrich their school communities. By honoring the success of these teachers, the NYC Department of Education recognizes the countless teachers who go above and beyond to serve our students and families.
With thousands of nominations each year, the Big Apple Awards selection process engages educators, principals, superintendents, district staff, and a DOE Board of Judges to help identify our recipients. Learn more by reading details about our process below.
Recipients receive classroom grants to deepen their work with their students, and are also recognized by the Mayor, Chancellor, and members from the education community at the culminating Big Apple Awards ceremony in June. View our ceremony video from the 2015 Big Apple Awards ceremony.
In the school year following the award, recipients participate as Big Apple Fellows in addition to their teaching duties. They serve on the Chancellor's Teacher Advisory Group and meet monthly to further develop and lead through their classroom. Through these experiences, the fellows have a platform to broaden their impact in education.
During all stages of the process, candidates are selected based on their ability to demonstrate exceptional success in their impact on student learning, in their instructional practice, and in their professional contributions to their school community.
Sets and exceeds standards-driven goals for stellar student achievement (academic, social, and behavioral).
Establishes trust with students to allow for true collaboration and broaden impact on student learning.
Uses rigorous instruction through a variety of teaching methods, creates a supportive environment in the classroom that actively engages students in learning, and acts as a collaborative teacher by working with others to innovate and hone their practice.
Establishes trust with colleagues to allow for true collaboration and strengthen instructional practices.
Demonstrates effective leadership in and out of the classroom and shows relentless efforts to build strong family-community ties.
Establishes trust with families and school leaders to allow for true collaboration and expands the impact of the professional contributions.
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