Award for Excellence in Teaching

Teaching Tolerance Award for
Excellence in Teaching

The biennial Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes five classroom educators from across the United States who teach the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in diverse settings, achieve academically and work collaboratively. These educators employ research-based practices to help students: develop positive identities, exhibit empathy, consider different perspectives, think critically about injustice, and take informed action.

The deadline for applying and nominating educators for the 2018 award closed on December 10, 2017. We’ll announce the top ten finalists in February and the winners in July 2018.

Award Details

The 2018 winners will each receive a $2,500 cash award and an all-expenses-paid trip to historic Montgomery, Alabama, to be honored at the Awardee Summit.

To be considered for the award, you must: 

  • Be a K–12 classroom teacher;
  • Teach in the United States;
  • Provide concrete examples of practice and success; 
  • Secure approval to interview and film you and your students in your school;
  • Contribute to projects that demonstrate best practices in anti-bias education over the two-year tenure of the award;
  • Be available to travel to Montgomery, Alabama, for the July 2018 Awardee Summit, a collaborative workshop and award ceremony.

Awardees must be able to participate in an interview at their school and to secure permission to conduct classroom filming with students during February or March of 2018. Teaching Tolerance will film awardees in their classrooms, allowing their expertise to serve as a model for the half million educators in the Teaching Tolerance community. The goal of filming is to capture best practices in cultural responsiveness and excellence in teaching. Filming may take up to two days. Additional footage from classroom visits will be used in Teaching Tolerance professional development resources, social media and marketing; it also will be made available to Teaching Tolerance’s nationwide audience.

Email award@tolerance.org with any questions.

Award Schedule

November 1, 2017: Online application and nominations open.

December 10, 2017: Online application closes. Only complete applications will be considered.

January 2018: Teaching Tolerance staff members select and notify 10 finalists.

February 1, 2018: Finalists each submit a portfolio that includes:

  • a 100-word biography;
  • one original lesson plan that demonstrates excellence in the award criteria;
  • a 250-word reflection on student work, including examples;
  • a short, teacher-created video (3–5 minutes) that demonstrates the candidate’s proficiency in the award criteria.

February 2018: The awards committee reviews finalists’ portfolios and selects five awardees.

Early spring 2018: Awardees and their principals are notified. Teaching Tolerance coordinates classroom interviews and filming.

July 2018: Winners are publicly announced and honored at a celebration in Montgomery, Alabama.

Frances Weaver | Former Teaching Tolerance Award Winner
Former Award Winner Frances Weaver

Former TT Award Winners