Nominate Great Teacher for 2016 “Nobel for Teaching"

June 11, 2015, Varkey Foundation has officially opened the nominations and application process for the Global Teacher Prize 2016. The award is considered by some as the “Nobel Prize for Teaching”, with 1 million USD presented annually to the teacher with greatest contributions globally

 

About The Global Teacher Prize

The Global Teacher Prize is a one million dollar award that is given to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.

The Varkey Foundation launched the Global Teacher Prize in 2014 to raise the stature of the teaching profession. We seek to celebrate the best teachers - those who inspire their students and community around them. The Foundation believes that vibrant education awakens and supports the full potential of young people. The status of teachers in our cultures is key to our global future.

The award - the ‘Nobel Prize’ of teaching - operates under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai.

The Prize underlines the importance of the teaching profession and symbolizes the fact that teachers throughout the world deserve to be recognised and celebrated.

There were over 5,000 nominations and applications from 127 countries for the inaugural year of the Global Teacher Prize which generated a huge amount of media interest around the world.

At the Global Education and Skills Forum 2015, USA educator Nancie Atwell was announced as the winner from the Top 10 outstanding finalists.

Judging Criteria

Applicants of the Global Teacher Prize will be judged based on a rigorous set of criteria to identify an extraordinary teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.

The Academy will look for evidence of:

Recognition of a teacher’s achievements in the classroom and beyond from pupils, colleagues, head-teachers or members of the wider community.(For example, through local/national Teaching Awards; Recognition in local/national press or academic publications; References or testimonials from high achieving students, peers, principals; Active Senior level membership of an external organisation or board that furthers an element of education)

Encouraging others to join the teaching profession. Contributing to public debates on the teaching profession, whether through writing articles, blogs, media participation, social media campaigns, events or conferences.(For example, through teaching or mentoring teachers at your school or teacher training college; please provide examples of what you have done to elevate the status of teaching in your country.)

Employing innovative and effective instructional practices and achieving demonstrable student learning outcomes in the classroom.(For example, through the innovative use of technology or non-typical instructional techniques)

Achieving demonstrable student learning outcomes in the classroom.(For example, through the improvement of student grades, student attendance / behaviour; Students becoming high achievers in the world of work)

Achievements in the community beyond the classroom that provide unique and distinguished models of excellence for the teaching profession and others.(Recognition through the media, community Awards, talks, seminars; Membership of local organisations. How do you bring the community into your classroom? How do you define success?)

Ensuring children receive a values-based education that prepares them to be global citizens in a world where they will encounter people from many different religions, cultures and nationalities.(For example, by linking up with schools in other parts of the world, promoting student exchange programmes. Explain your philosophical approach to embedding global citizenship in your classroom. How do you define success?)

The winner will be chosen by the prominent Global Teacher Prize Academy made up of head-teachers, educational experts, commentators, journalists, public officials, tech entrepreneurs, company directors and scientists from around the world.

Meet the Academy

Eligibility

The Prize is open to currently working teachers who teach children that are in compulsory schooling, or are between the ages of five and eighteen. Teachers who continue to teach, even on a part-time basis are also eligible, as are teachers of online courses. The Prize is open to teachers in every kind of school and, subject to local laws, in every country in the world.

The 2015 Global Teacher Prize Ceremony

Nancie Atwell Accepting Global Teacher Prize

2015 WINNER

Nancie Atwell from the United States received her Global Teacher Prize‬ award from Sunny Varkey of the Varkey Foundation, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and President Bill Clinton, at the Global Education and Skills Forum in March 2015.‬‬

BIOGRAPHY

Nancie discovered a love of books as a child while in hospital with rheumatic fever. She teaches English as a writing-reading workshop, an innovation she first described in her book ‘In The Middle’ (the book’s first two editions sold half a million copies). Students choose the subjects they write about and the books they read. Because the structure of the class boosts their capacity and stamina, each year her students are able to read on average forty books representing fourteen genres. At the same time they accomplish an average of twenty-one pieces of writing across thirteen genres. Due to her encouragement and support, many of her students have become published authors.

I’m convinced that teaching language arts is one of the great careers: demanding of time and energy, but meaning-filled, worthwhile, and interesting. I get to demonstrate what is possible, teach what is useful, establish conditions that invite engagement, support the hard work of literary reading and writing, and enjoy the kinds of relationships with adolescents that drew me to education in the first place.

In 1990, Nancie founded the Center for Teaching and Learning, a K-8 non-profit demonstration school created for the purpose of developing and disseminating methods. The school actively seeks children from underprivileged families to serve a student body that represents a diversity of socioeconomic backgrounds and ability levels. 97% of its graduates have matriculated to university.

Nominate a Teacher for the Global Teacher Prize

Do you know a teacher worthy of recognition and celebration?

Help us find an exceptional educator who deserves to be recognized around the world.

The Global Teacher Prize is an annual one million dollar award from the Varkey Foundation to be given to a super-special teacher. One innovative and caring teacher who has made an inspirational impact on their students and their community will receive the reward of a lifetime.

What did the best teacher you ever had give you that no one else could? If you could say one thing to your favorite teacher from school days, what would it be? Teachers deserve recognition for the magic they create every day. Now you can nominate the teacher who helped open your eyes or has lit your child’s imagination.

Why nominate a teacher for the Global Teacher Prize?

  • National and international recognition of their achievements – Special Commendations for Top 50 outstanding applicants

  • Invitation to the Global Education and Skills Forum 2016 in Dubai for Top 10 Finalists

  • Potential to win the Global Teacher Prize and receive a Prize of US$1 million

First Step: Anyone can nominate a teacher who meets the criteria and is currently teaching children between the age of 5 and 18. Please tell the teacher you have nominated that they need to apply for this award.

Second Step: The nominated teacher then needs to fill out his/her own information in the application form. The closing date for applications is 10 October 2015.

The Global Teacher Prize Judging Academy will choose the winner in January 2016 and the public announcement will take place at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, March 2016.

Eligibility

The Prize is open to currently working teachers who teach children that are in compulsory schooling, or are between the ages of five and eighteen. Teachers who continue to teach, even on a part-time basis are also eligible, as are teachers of online courses. The Prize is open to teachers in every kind of school and, subject to local laws, in every country in the world.

 

 

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