How it Works

Big Apple Awards Overview

During a citywide open call last fall, more than 3,000 nominations were received from students, families, teachers, school staff, administrators, and other community members. More than 700 schools had at least one nominee, while nearly 60% of nominations came from students and families. After the nomination period, a select group of 500 nominees were invited to submit an application, which included essays and letters of recommendations. Following a review of the applications, 100 semi-finalists were interviewed, of which 40 advanced to the finalist round and received a classroom visit. A Board of Judges, made up of NYCDOE senior leadership and a representative from the United Federation of Teachers, selected the final teacher award recipients. Representatives from Lincoln Center selected the final arts educator recipient.

During all stages of the process, candidates were 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. In addition to continuing to be model educators, the Big Apple Award recipients will serve as Big Apple Fellows during the 2014-2015 school year. View a list of 2014 finalists and semi-finalists here. For more information on our 12 Big Apple Award Recipients who will be spending the upcoming school year as Big Apple Fellows, please click here.

Who is Eligible?

Current, full-time NYC Department of Education and charter school teachers who have demonstrated exceptional success in the following areas: Impact of Students’ Learning + Instructional Practices + Professional Contributions.

Impact on Students' Learning Instructional Practices Professional Contributions
Sets and exceeds rigorous, standards-driven goals for stellar student academic, social, and behavioral achievement. Uses student achievement data to inform practice. Maintains high expectations and uses a variety of teaching methods to engage all students in rigorous learning experiences. Demonstrates leadership in and out of the classroom with colleagues and greater school community. Shows relentless efforts to engage students.

For more information, email teacherexcellence@schools.nyc.gov.