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Big Apple Awards 2013

During a three-week, open, citywide call, more than 2,000 nominations for the 2013 Big Apple Awards were received from students, families, teachers, school staff, administrators, and other community members. About 44% of the 1,700 district and charter schools had at least one nominee, while more than half of the nominations came from students and families. After the nomination period, a select group of 500 nominees were invited to submit an award application that included two essays, as well as principal and colleague recommendations. Following a review of the applications, 50 finalists were interviewed and observed while teaching at their school. A Board of Judges made up of NYCDOE senior leadership, along with representatives from the United Federation of Teachers, the New York City Charter School Center, Columbia University, Lincoln Center, and TNTP, selected the final award recipients.

Finalists and recipients were chosen based on their ability to demonstrate exceptional success impacting students’ learning, excellence in their instructional practice, and professional contributions to their school community. Big Apple Award recipients will serve as ambassadors to share their inspirational practice with teachers citywide in addition to continuing to be model educators. View a list of 2013 finalists here. For more information on our 11 Big Apple Awards recipients who are spending this school year as Big Apple Ambassadors, please click here.

2014 Award Selection Timeline

Milestone Date
Nomination* November 2013- January 2014
Application** February- March 2014
Semi-Finalist interviews; Finalist classroom visits April - May 2014
Award ceremony June 2014
Ambassador year September 2014 - June 2015

* A nomination is required
**Select nominees will be invited to apply

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The Big Apple Awards are made possible by generous support from the Fund For Public Schools