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 thank dedicated teachers, celebrate teaching excellence, and consider candidates for the Big Apple Awards. Learn more by reading details about our process below.
In June, recipients receive surprise classroom visits from the Chancellor, Deputy Chancellors, and other members of the NYC education community, notifying them of their award. This allows us to honor and celebrate these exceptional teachers in the presence of their students and colleagues.
In the school year following the award, recipients serve as Big Apple Fellows, in addition to continuing their amazing work in the classroom. 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. Learn more about the Big Apple Fellowship Year
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.
Nominees with less than five years of teaching experience are considered for the Early Career Fellowship Year. A small group of nominees are invited to apply for selection as Early Career Fellows.This process serves to recognize, celebrate, and inspire outstanding early career educators who have taught for five years or less in the NYC Department of Education. Early Career Fellows demonstrate high standards for their professional practice, serve as emerging leaders in their school communities, and consistently facilitate student achievement. A select group of teachers will be chosen to participate in the Early Career Fellowship Year, beginning in the September following their selection. Learn more about the Early Career Fellowship Year
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