2020 KEA Teacher of the Year
State affiliate award: The KEA Teacher of the Year will receive a $1,000 cash award and commemorative plaque.
National Award: The 2020 KEA Teacher of the Year will be KEA's contestant for the 2021 NEA Teacher of the Year. All state affiliate nominees receive the California Casualty Teaching Excellence Award which funds travel to the gala.
Each year, NEA selects five (5) finalists from the submissions they receive. The five NEA finalists each receive The Horace Mann–NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence which include $10,000 cash and expenses-paid travel to The NEA Foundation’s annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, DC. One NEA Teacher of the Year will be selected from among the finalists; that person will receive an additional $25,000 in cash and a personalized commemorative gift.
State affiliate: All current certified members of a KEA local affiliate are eligible. Each KEA local affiliate may submit one nomination per year. If a local has more than one possible nominee, then the local affiliate will determine the nominee. Only nominations submitted and endorsed by a KEA local affiliate will be considered. The KEA Teacher of the Year will be honored at the 2020 KEA Delegate Assembly in Louisville.
NEA award: The national selection panel chooses the five recipients of The Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence from among the state affiliate winners. Panelists are appointed by the President and CEO of the NEA Foundation and the President of the NEA.
The Horace Mann awardees will be invited for personal interviews with the national selection panel in July or August 2020. Based on the interviews, the single recipient of the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence will be chosen.
Applications for the state award are judged according to the following five criteria:
1. Professional Practice: The awardee demonstrates instructional expertise, creativity, and innovation. The awardee uses a variety of pedagogical techniques and effectively addresses students' different learning styles and needs. The awardee is an instructional leader at the local, state, and national level.
2. Advocacy for the Association: The awardee is a current, active member of the local, state, and national education association and has assumed leadership roles at one or more of these levels. The awardee is an active member of other professional organizations and engages in activities that advance the profession and public education. The awardee speaks out on behalf of public education, educators, and students.
3. Community Engagement: The awardee frequently interacts with parents and other community members on substantive education issues. The awardee brings community resources to the classroom and conducts service-learning projects with his or her students in the community.
4. Leadership in Professional Development: The awardee continually engages in experiences to improve his or her practice and to gain new skills and knowledge. The awardee shares this new learning with colleagues in a variety of venues. The awardee's participation in and commitment to professional development has a visible impact on his or her institution, students, and community.
5. Attention to Diversity: The awardee works to provide a learning environment that meets the needs of all students, regardless of differences. The awardee recognizes and explicitly addresses the full array of values, cultures, and experiences represented in our diverse modern society both through curriculum and instruction and in other interactions with students.
1. Deadline for submission is February 14, 2020 by 5 p.m. EST.
2. Include only the materials requested in these guidelines.
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