The application window for the biannual 2014 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching opens today. As a reader and friend of Teaching Tolerance, your work reflects our mission—and we want to hear about it!
The award honors five successful anti-bias educators whose practice exemplifies these commitments:
Anti-bias educators who actively reduce prejudice create classroom communities that value students’ many experiences, familial connections and community influences. They use instructional practices and strategies that help students explore intersecting identities, question prejudices and change biased behaviors. Students learn to respect and appreciate diverse experiences, equipping them to reduce prejudice themselves.
Improving Intergroup Relations
Practitioners who demonstrate excellence in improving intergroup relations create opportunities for interaction within and across various identities. They help students learn to value the contributions of individuals from diverse backgrounds and to develop the skills necessary to build relationships across identity group lines. They also equip students with strategies to recognize and interrupt prejudice, stereotypes and bias (their own and others’).
Creating Equitable School Environments
Creating an equitable school environment ensures all students receive equal and relevant learning opportunities that allow them to succeed. Exemplary practitioners employ instructional strategies and practices that meet students at their individual levels and encourage their intellectual, social and academic growth. Teachers who incorporate a variety of instructional practices, classroom resources and differentiated supports make sure all students meet high academic expectations. These educators assist students’ academic growth and encourage respect among classmates.
Teaching Tolerance will collaborate with winners to produce exemplar videos showcasing their award-worthy classroom management and culturally responsive teaching.
"This award does more than honor skillful practitioners," Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello said. "It promotes the value of anti-bias education and provides models so more teachers can bring research-based, inclusive practices to their classrooms."
The application deadline is Jan. 13, 2014 at midnight. Five awardees will receive a $2,500 cash award and travel to Montgomery, Ala., for an intensive collaborative workshop and award celebration during summer 2014.
Click here to view the application and award details.
We hope you will consider applying and sharing the application with other K-12 anti-bias educators in your network!
If you have questions regarding the TT Award please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.