Now Accepting Applications and Nominations for the Teaching Tolerance Award!

Are you an exemplary K–12 classroom teacher who prioritizes equity and social justice? Do you know someone who is? We want to hear from you!

We’re pleased to announce that the application window for the biennial Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching opens today. We know teachers in the TT community are doing transformative anti-bias work across the country—and we want to hear about it. You can apply or nominate someone you know.

The award honors five K–12 classroom teachers who demonstrate excellence in teaching practices that align with the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards. The goals of these standards are to help students:

  • cultivate positive views of themselves;
  • treat each other with kindness and appreciate different perspectives;
  • recognize and think critically about injustice;
  • develop the skills and desire to take action against injustice.

The achievement of these goals will be evaluated through the categories of instruction, classroom management, family and community engagement, and teacher leadership.

Teaching Tolerance will select award winners based on their demonstrated skills in these areas. Over the course of the award’s two-year tenure, awardees will showcase their teaching practices and contribute to TT programming. Each awardee will receive a $5,000 cash award and travel to Montgomery, Alabama, for a celebration during October 2020.

“This award has allowed Teaching Tolerance—and educators across the nation—to meet some inspiring and amazing teachers,” says Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello. “They show how anti-bias work is done, with excellence and passion. And their stories offer a compelling counternarrative to those who disparage the professionalism of teachers.”

The application deadline is December 8, 2019, at midnight (CST).

Click here to view the application and award details or to nominate a colleague.

We hope you will apply and share the application widely with other anti-bias teachers. If you have questions regarding the Teaching Tolerance Award, please send them to