1) To Say Thank You
A Big Apple Awards nomination is a great way to show your appreciation for a dedicated educator who has made an impact on you and/or your school community.
2) To Define "Great Teaching"
Each nomination contributes to a citywide conversation about teaching excellence and showcases the great work happening in your school community.
3) To Honor Talented Educators in Every Part of the City
More than 200 nominees are recognized as District Finalists, who will be engaged at the district level by their superintendents through a classroom visit and/or interview and invited to join the citywide Teacher Excellence Network.
4) To Highlight a Citywide Example
Big Apple Award recipients are celebrated by the Chancellor and will spend the 2017-18 school year participating in the Big Apple Fellowship and representing teachers citywide as members of the Chancellor's Teacher Advisory Group.
5) To Continue the Celebration Year-Round
All nominees will be considered for additional DOE recognition opportunities throughout the year.