Nominate an outstanding educator for the Blue Ribbon Teacher Award & $1,000 cash prize
Metro Schools is partnering with the greater Nashville community to recognize devoted and talented teachers who empower students to excel, dream and thrive. The Blue Ribbon Teacher Award honors teachers who represent the highest level of professional excellence. Selected by nominations from parents, students, community members, business and civic leaders, up to 50 nominees are chosen and bestowed with the prestigious Blue Ribbon Teacher status along with a $1,000 cash prize.
Since the program’s inception in 2012, only 97 teachers have been awarded Blue Ribbon teacher status. The nomination form is available online at MNPS.org. All full-time teachers on the teacher salary schedule are eligible, including all those who teach in zoned schools, magnet schools and charter schools.
“The Blue Ribbon Teacher Award program shows our appreciation for our teachers motivated by our mission; to provide every student with the foundation of knowledge, skills and character necessary to excel in higher education, work and life,” said Interim Director of Schools Chris Henson. “We recognize their service and commitment to the students of the Metro Nashville and Davidson County community everyday.”
The program is a collaborative effort between Metro Schools, Nashville’s Agenda Steering Committee and the Nashville Public Education Foundation as a way for the entire community to help recognize and support excellent classroom teachers across the district. The nomination period opened today and runs through Feb. 29, 2016.
Blue Ribbon Teachers may be nominated in one or more of three categories:
· Impressive Data: Teachers who have achieved high student performance and growth.
· Relationships with Students: Teachers who have changed students’ lives through intense dedication and even acts of heroism.
· Leadership: Teachers who support their colleagues, adopt new initiatives and strive to be leaders in their building or the district as a whole.
“Education is one of the single most important issues facing our city,” said Lewis Lavine, a member of the Nashville’s Agenda Steering Committee. “Teachers are at the heart of everything we do and every change we make. The Blue Ribbon Teacher award is a way to honor them, and to show others how their work has made an impact on Nashville students and the community as a whole.”
“There is nothing more important to the success of students and our public school system than having terrific teachers,” said NPEF President & CEO Shannon Hunt. “We are honored and delighted to take part in any effort to champion and celebrate great teachers. With them, anything is possible – for kids, schools and our community.”
After all nominations have been received, nominees are screened through a blind process and forwarded to a Selection Committee made up of parents, community members, and business and civic leaders.
The final selections are not influenced by Metro Schools’ personnel. Winners will be announced in the spring and a reception to honor them held at the Vanderbilt University Chancellor’s Residence in May.
Click here to nominate a teacher today.