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The Big Apple Awards, now in its fifth 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.
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 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.
Nominees with less than five years of teaching experience are considered for the Big Apple Early Career Excellence Awards (ECEA). A select group of nominees are invited to apply. The ECEA are a subset of the annual Big Apple Awards. The ECEA are designed to recognize, celebrate, and inspire outstanding early career educators who have taught for five years or less in the NYC Department of Education. ECEA recipients demonstrate high standards for their professional practice, serve as emerging leaders in their school communities, and consistently facilitate student achievement. Recipients will have the opportunity to participate in the Early Career Excellence Award Fellowship Year. While continuing to educate and inspire students in the classroom, ECEA Fellows will participate in both instructional and leadership development opportunities, form a professional learning community with other ECEA Fellows and the Big Apple Fellows, and serve as advisors to the Early Career Success team.
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