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Nominations sought for Excellence in Teaching Award


This video features last year's winners of the Excellence in Teaching Award.




The annual Excellence in Teaching Award program is accepting nominations of CMSD teachers whose outstanding classroom practices make them models for their peers.

The program, now in its third year, recognizes teachers who demonstrate instructional expertise, creativity and innovation, make learning engaging, vibrant and relevant and set a standard for excellence. The goal is to motivate and inspire teachers, help teachers share practices and enhance the reputation of teachers in Cleveland.

The 10 winning teachers will each get $5,000.  In return, the teachers will agree to share their practices through steps such as providing sample lessons, opening their classrooms for observation, blogging or conducting workshops.

Fellow teachers, principals and academic staff may nominate teachers by going here. The deadline is May 15.

Nominees will be invited to submit an application. Each nominee also must obtain endorsements from his or her principal and a colleague.

Reviewers representing PreK–12 educators, higher education, philanthropy, community and civic representatives will screen completed applications with the nominees’ names redacted. Winners will be announced later this year and honored at a gala on Nov. 15.

Last year, 239 teachers were nominated. The teachers represented 86 schools and covered the spectrum of grade levels and subjects. For more information on last year's winners, go here.

The awards program is a partnership between the Cleveland and George Gund foundations, the Cleveland Teachers Union and CMSD.

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