Awards for Teachers

National Schools of Character Program

National Schools of Character (NSOC) is an annual awards program recognizing K-12 schools and districts demonstrating outstanding character education initiatives that yield positive results in student behavior, school climate and academic performance. Although winners may differ in method, content, and scope, all emphasize core ethical values such as honesty, respect, responsibility and caring. Selected schools and districts receive a cash award of $2,000, national recognition, and are featured in the Character Education Partnership (CEP)’s annual NSOC book/CD and on CEP’s website.
Deadline: Varies

Journalism Education Association

The JEA offers a list of awards for JEA members and non-members who have made contributions to journalism education.
Deadline: October 15th every year

National High School Journalism Teacher Awards Program

The award for the teacher of the year includes a newsroom laptop computer, The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition and a column in Advisor Update
Deadline: July 1st of every year

ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Awards

The council provides numerous awards for educators.
Deadline: Varies

Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award

The Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award was approved by the Foundation's Board of Trustees in September 2001 and recognizes exceptional teachers who further mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese. The award is presented annually to two pre-college teachers in two categories, humanities and Japanese language, and consists of a certificate of recognition, a $2,500 monetary award, and $5,000 in project funds. It is named in honor of Elgin Heinz for his commitment to educating students about Asia as well as for the inspiration he has provided to the field of pre-college education.
Deadline: February of every year

South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year

The Citadel's Tau Iota Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, presents its annual South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year Award to promote and recognize outstanding teaching of the Hispanic language and culture in South Carolina's public and private K-12 schools. All three finalists will receive award plaques, and the winner will receive $1000.
Deadline: Varies

Center for Inspired Teaching

Through a 24-month residency program, Inspired Teaching Fellows are prepared for successful and sustainable careers as teachers and changemakers in Washington, DC while earning a DC teaching license and a Master of Arts in Teaching.
Deadline: March 14th

2017 Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award

The Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award Program honors teachers who have demonstrated their capacity to change the outcome of students' lives and communities where they teach. The award consists of a $5,000 USD cash prize and covers up to $1,000 USD in travel, hotel and meals while on-site at The 2017 TMA Annual in October, where the award will be presented. 

Deadline: June 12, 2017 

American Library Association

This site offers a variety of awards for school librarians, media professionals, and teachers.
Deadline: Various

ING Unsung Heroes Award

ING honors outstanding teachers in all 50 states through a $2,000 grant program. The First Place Teacher receives $25,000.
Deadline: April 30th every year

Milken Family Foundation: National Educator Awards

This program is designed to honor educators who are making great strides in improving education. From its original presentation of awards to a dozen California educators, the program has grown to national stature.
Deadline: N/A

National Middle School Association

The NMSA has a list of awards that are awarded to outstanding middle grade educators.
Deadline: Various

National Teacher of the Year Program

Sponsored by The Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic, the National Teacher of the Year Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. A national selection committee representing the major national education organizations chooses the National Teacher of the Year from among the State Teachers of the Year. The site contains information about the application and nominating processes, duties of the National Teacher of the Year, and the selection criteria.
Deadline: Varies

The National Teachers Hall of Fame

The National Teachers Hall of Fame annually honors five teachers who have demonstrated commitment and dedication to teaching. Anyone may nominate a teacher. Inductees receive a $1,000 stipend, $1,000 in materials for their school district, a $1,000 scholarship for a student in the inductee's school district who is planning to pursue a degree in education, and more. Candidates must be certified classroom teachers (active or retired) with at least 20 years experience teaching in grades preK-12.
Deadline: Varies

NEA Foundation

The National Education Association’s Foundation for the Improvement of Education offers grants and awards for educators listed.
Deadline: Various

The Global Teacher Prize

The Global Teacher Prize is an annual one million dollar award from the Varkey GEMS 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. 
Deadline: Annual

Air Force Association Teacher of the Year Award

In addition to offering awards and scholarships to students, the AFA gives Teacher of the Year awards on the national, state, and chapter level.
Deadline: Various

Entomological Society of America's President’s Prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Primary and Secondary Education

Entomological Foundation recognizes outstanding teachers who have gone beyond the traditional teaching methods by using insects as educational tools.
Deadline: July 1st of every year

Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year Award

The TOY award identifies and recognizes exemplary family and consumer sciences teachers who exhibit a deep commitment to the profession and association. These teachers have outstanding educational programs, methods, techniques and activities that raise awareness of family and consumer sciences at the elementary and secondary levels.
Deadline: Varies

National Association of Biology Teachers

This site has a list of awards especially for biology teachers with prizes ranging from new equipment to professional development trips.
Deadline: Various

National KIND Teacher Award

The National Association for Humane and Environmental Education recognizes an outstanding teacher who consistently incorporates humane and environmental education into his or her curriculum.
Deadline: Varies

National Science Teachers Association

NSTA has numerous grants and award programs available for teachers. 
Deadline: Various

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) awards are given for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the secondary level." Middle school and high-school teachers are eligible. Eleven national finalists are selected, one from each National Association of Geosciences Teachers section. Some sections also recognize state winners. Individuals may apply themselves or nominate a colleague for the award.
Deadline: February 1st of every year

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science

Established by an act from Congress and the National Science Foundation, this is hailed as the highest award for math and science teachers.   In even-numbered years, honors are bestowed upon K-6 teachers, while 7th and 8th grade teachers are honored in odd-numbered years.  Recipients receive $10,000, a citation from the president, and a trip to DC for a week of ceremonies in their honor and much more. 
Deadline: May 1st of every year

Verizon Tech Savvy Awards

The Tech Savvy Awards are presented to programs that demystify technology for parents so that they can learn about the technology their child is using and better support his or her educational growth. The awards are presented by the National Center for Family Literacy and are the first national awards to be given to intergenerational digital learning programs. One national award of $25,000 and four regional awards of $5,000 will be presented at the National Conference on Family Literacy. All 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, libraries and schools are eligible to apply. Programs should demonstrate innovative and creative use of digital learning in order to increase a parents understanding of the technology and empower them to become actively involved in their child’s education.
Deadline: Varies

Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching

The Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching program honors 10 teachers in the Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and Will Counties in Illinois each year. Winners receive a paid sabbatical to take classes at Northwestern University, a laptop computer, a $3,000 stipend, and induction into the Golden Apple Academy.
Deadline: December 1st of every year

MACUL Outstanding Teacher and Educator of the Year

The Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) recognizes and honors MACUL members who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in implementing the use of technology to improve education. The TEA program presents a TEA Technology Classroom to two recognized MACUL recipients; an Outstanding Educator of the Year (school administrator or technology coordinator) and an Outstanding Teacher of the Year. The TEA program also provides a technology award to one runner-up in each of these award categories, and to the recipient of the Technology Coordinator Award of Excellence.
Deadline: Various

TEAMS (The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages) Annual Teaching Prize

TEAMS is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support the teaching of medieval studies in all disciplines at K-12 and undergraduate levels. Winning lessons will be published in the fall edition of the Once and Future Classroom. The first prize recipient will receive a cash award of $1000, and the second prize recipient will receive $500. Additionally, the first prize recipient will be provided with a subsidy to attend the following year's International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to formally accept his or her award. Circumstances allowing, the possibility also exists for first prize recipients to be asked to present their papers at a TEAMS-sponsored session at the conference. 
Deadline: April 15, of every year

American Historical Association: The Beveridge Family Teaching Prize

Established in 1995, this prize honors the Beveridge family’s longstanding commitment to the AHA and K-12 teaching. Friends and family members endowed this award to recognize excellence and innovation in elementary, middle school, and secondary history teaching, including career contributions and specific initiatives. The prize is awarded on a two-year cycle rotation: in even-numbered years, to an individual; in odd-numbered years, to a group. The winner receives a $1500 cash prize and a trip to Washington, D.C.
Deadline: Varies

National History Day Educator Award

The History Channel presents this award to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to history education through service to the National History Day program. The winner receives $5,000 and a special plaque that is presented at the NHD national contest in June. To be eligible, the individual must be a participant in the National History Day program and may be a teacher, media specialist, district or state History Day coordinator, judge, or parent. Nominees are evaluated based on success in involving students in the program, service to the History Day program, and service to the discipline of history in general.
Deadline: May of every year

Organization of American Historians

The Organization of American Historians sponsors or cosponsors awards, prizes, fellowships and grants given in recognition of scholarly and professional achievements in the field of American history.
Deadline: Varies

Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award

Sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies, this award is given to outstanding teachers, researchers, and other individuals and programs. This program recognizes classroom social studies teachers for grades K-6, 5-8, and 7-12, who teach social studies regularly.
Deadline: Varies

National Association of Special Education Teachers

Each year, NASET presents awards in a variety of categories for outstanding professional accomplishments. This site offers many awards for special education teachers. 
Deadline: May 1st of every year

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