We are a community of dedicated, innovative professionals who are passionate about teaching and serving others. These awards recognize our exceptional educators who go above and beyond to impact the lives of our students.
2018 Boston EOY Nominations
The City of Boston, Boston Public Schools (BPS), and the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) are pleased to announce the 2018 Boston Educator of the Year Awards. We are a community of dedicated, innovative professionals who are passionate about teaching and serving others. These awards recognize our exceptional educators who go above and beyond to impact the lives of our students.
Criteria for Nominations
Community or family engagement: Actively ensures that all families are welcome members of the classroom and school community and can contribute to the classroom, school, and community’s effectiveness.
- Uses frequent personalized and culturally sensitive practices and proactive communications to build relationships with families; collaborates with families to effectively address student needs
- Establishes strategic partnerships with community organizations, community members, and businesses to improve school effectiveness and performance, meet the various needs of students and families, and help remove barriers to family involvement
- Ensures that families receive and understand written updates throughout the year regarding their child’s progress towards meeting learning expectations and families developing at-home strategies to support learning.
Student engagement: Inspires students from all backgrounds to academic excellence with creativity and opportunities for self-expression
- Provides opportunities for students to take leadership roles in the classroom
- Helps students set and achieve academic and personal goals
- Gives students opportunities to reflect and discuss their contributions to the classroom culture
Innovation: Uses new methods of instruction and promotes skills and opportunities that help students develop 21st century skills.
- Helps build a culture of change that generates new solutions in classrooms and schools
- Connects students to authentic opportunities in the Innovation Economy
- Redesigns teaching and learning to empower students to successfully access the jobs of the future
Classroom Instruction: Exemplifies the BPS Essentials for Instructional Equity. Demonstrates a passion for teaching and a deep commitment to rigorous learning, community building and collegiality.
- Essential 1: Creates safe and welcoming learning environments that support students to develop healthy habits and that affirm students’ unique cultural and linguistic strengths
- Essential 2: Designs learning experiences that engage all learners and build student ownership of learning (agency)
- Essential 3: Demonstrates a passion for teaching and a deep commitment to rigorous student-centered learning
- Essential 4: Seeks to deeply understand what students grasp about content and uses it to provide feedback that empowers learners and advances learning
Leadership: Takes on leadership roles and additional responsibilities within the school (such as mentoring and helping others, engaging in extracurricular activities, working with the local community, or furthering their own professional development) and works collaboratively with other teachers and staff members.
- Seeks opportunities to make an impact beyond their own classroom
- Works to solve challenges among staff and students
Special Education and/or ELL: Excels at improving student academic and life outcomes for students with special needs or English Language Learner students.
- Establishes positive connections/relationships with students of all backgrounds and ability levels
- Develops an understanding of the cultural background of students and utilizes that knowledge as an access point for engaging students in learning
- Advocates for the needs; of English Learners and builds the capacity of others to meet those needs promotes bilingualism and biliteracy as an asset
- Creates positive, welcoming environments that encourage all students of all ability levels and backgrounds to excel
- Must be a Boston Public Schools educator. This award is inclusive of teachers, paraprofessionals, librarians, and other support staff who contribute to the education of our students. Co-teaching pairs may be nominated as a team.
- Award recipients must be members of the BTU (where applicable) and are subject to approval and confirmation of employment status from supervisor and/or the Office of Human Capital.
The deadline for nomination submissions is March 6, 2018 at 5:00PM.
- To submit a nomination, complete the online nomination form and attach optional supporting documentation.
- Individuals may nominate up to one educator per school. (Co-teachers/teaching teams may be nominated together)
- Self-nominations are not eligible for selection.
- Nomination categories should be used as a guide. The category nomination should address the criteria as specified.
- Nominations will be vetted by an internal working group and a final selection committee comprised of staff, administrators, teachers, family, students and community members.
- Selection committee will honor a minimum of 6 educators .
- Award recipients will be informed of their nominator(s) upon selection.
- January 29 - Nominations Open
- March 6 - Nominations Close
- March 28 - Honorees Notified
- April 11 - Celtics Center Court Recognition (v. Brooklyn Nets, 8:00pm)
- June 6 - School Committee Recognition
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