Outstanding Teacher of the Year

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Tips to fill out the nomination documents

  1. Submit an application online
  2. Have all your materials ready before beginning the application
  3. Make sure that your application is complete
  4. Include specific details in each question
  5. Provide specific examples of how this teacher has engaged students

Materials Needed for Nomination Form

Gather items before you begin

  • Name
  • Phonetic Spelling of First and Last Name (for awards ceremony)
  • Email Address
  • Home Address
  • Home Telephone
  • School
  • Principal
  • Local School District
  • Teacher's School Telephone
  • Grades/Subject currently teaching
  • Nominated for which category - Elementary? Middle/Junior High? Senior High?
  • Primary Nominator Name
  • Primary Nominator Telephone
  • Supporting Nominators Names (Must include a colleague, parent and current/former student letter of support)
  • Let us know the student nominator was/is current or former
  • Teacher's Educational Background (Degree, Major, College Year/Expected)
  • Teacher's Educational Career (Three most recent teaching positions held)
  • Specific examples within the last 1-3 years of how this teacher has done the following:
    • Engages students (Motivation, role model, active participation of students etc.)
    • Meets the individual needs of students. (Differentiated instruction, academic coaching, student success, etc.)
    • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the subject area. (Lifelong learning, sharing with peers, student success, etc.)
    • Demonstrates classroom management. (Consistent and fair with students, physically and emotionally safe classroom, learning conducive environment, etc.)
    • Relates to parents and colleagues. (Participation in parent/teacher activities, accessible to parent using a variety of communication tools, professional collaboration with colleagues, etc.)
    • Demonstrates citizenship and leadership in the school community. (Ethics and values - walks the talk, respected by students and peers, etc.)
  • Supporting Statement: Colleague letter, name and telephone.
  • Supporting Statement: Parent letter, name and telephone
  • Supporting Statement: Student letter, name and telephone

Video Transcripts

 

>> Hi. My name is Steven Snead and I'm the supervisor of the curriculum and assessment unit at Oakland Schools. I'm here to talk about the Oakland County outstanding educator of the year award and how you, the applicant, can make sure that the applications that you submit present your educators with the best possible chance of being competitive in our award. So, step number one, submit an application online. We have so many talented educators across Oakland County who are helping students grow, and learn, and attending to student wellbeing. We love to hear the stories about how educators are truly making a difference in the lives of our children, so we invite you to submit an application. New this year is an online application portal that we're asking applicants to use to submit their applications for this year's entries. Here's the tip. You want to make sure that you have all of your applicant's materials ready before you submit the application. There are questions that you'll need to respond to and documents you'll need to upload. You definitely want to make sure that you have all of those things ready and with you when you submit your application. You won't have an opportunity to go back and forth between application and materials, so again make sure that all of your materials are with you and you're ready to tell that great story of how that Oakland County educator has impacted student lives. The second tip we want to offer to applicants is to ensure that your application is complete. We are asking so many questions about the impact the educators make because we truly want to know the stories that you have to say relative to each applicant. Sometimes we review incomplete applications and we aren't able to really gain a complete understanding of what that teacher has done to impact student learning and wellbeing. We use a rubric to normalize our scores across multiple reviewers, so when one aspect of the application is incomplete, we can't fairly and accurately judge each application. So, make sure when you're applying that you have carefully responded to each question, you've completed all aspects of the application, and you've uploaded all necessary materials so that we can see the great impact that that educator has made on students. Now, the third tip to submitting a great application is critical. We definitely need you to supply specific examples in each question. Having specific examples helps truly unlock the potential of each applicant and we want to make sure that we see specific examples of practice in each applicant's question. Here's an example of what we mean. One of the items on the application asks nominators to provide specific examples of how the teacher has engaged students. Here's an example of a response that, while good, misses the mark in terms of truly telling the full story of how a teacher has engaged students. Mr. Oaks is a great teacher and students just love his class. He engages all students and all students genuinely enjoy learning about science. Now, here is an example from a winning application from a previous year's application. As a U.S. history teacher, Mr. Oaks motivates his students to understand the curriculum as well as to develop an interest to learn even more. Some examples include arranging for a U.S. civil war historian to come in and speak with his classes; using the online student-paced learning platform, Nearpod; and creating lessons using the iCivics program in which students can play video games and learn about the Bill of Rights. This year, he has adapted songs from the musical Hamilton for a lesson and afterward was gifted the hardcover Hamilton lyrics by a student with a note that read "Hamilton favored the elites, right? I'm no Hamilton, but you're an elite U.S. history teacher. Thanks to you, I got into Hamilton and it's one of my favorite things ever." What a great and powerful story that that application presents to us to tell us the true impact that that educator has made on student learning and wellbeing. As a reviewer, we take our duty to carefully examine each application very seriously. Each application is read multiple times by independent reviewers using a rubric that asks us to evaluate each response carefully and critically. We look forward to receiving applications from teachers in the elementary level, middle level, and high school level. Again, we are so excited to welcome applications for this year's Oakland County Outstanding Educator of the Year. We look forward to reviewing those applications and we thank you all for doing great things for student learning every day.
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The Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards are presented annually to honor and reward teachers in Oakland County who have achieved, through their effort and example, the highest standards of excellence in their profession. Oakland Schools has created these awards out of a conviction that a quality public education system is essential to the health and vitality of our community. We believe that encouraging excellence in education is the shared responsibility of all who reap its benefits.

This award recognizes an elementary, middle/junior high and high school teacher from Oakland County. In all, three teachers will be selected to receive the Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award that includes a cash prize and a recognition event on
Monday, May 4, 2020.

Information

Each district may submit one nominee in each category. Awards are presented to honor and reward Oakland county teachers who have achieved, through their effort and example, the highest standards of excellence in their profession.

All nominees are celebrated and one winner in each category receives a check for $2,000.

Nominate a Teacher

Eligibility
Nominees must be certified, full-time teachers in grades Kindergarten through 12, who are employed in a public school in Oakland County. Nominees must have a minimum of five (5) full years of classroom teaching experience. Ancillary district personnel, such as social workers, counselors or media specialists (unless they are full-time, certified teachers), are not eligible for this award. If a teacher had been nominated for this award in the past five years, he/she is not eligible to be nominated this year.

Nomination process
In order to make the nomination process consistent, we require all nominations to be submitted electronically using Google Forms. All information is to be typed into this Google form.

Timeline

  • Nominees must be certified, full-time teachers in grades Junior Kindergarten through twelve, who are employed in a public school in Oakland County.
  • Nominees must have a minimum of five (5) full years of classroom teaching experience.
  • This year's nomination process will begin in December 2019
  • Nominations will be due to Oakland Schools in February 7, 2020 at 5:00p.m.
  • Winners will be announced via surprise classroom visit in late March 2020
  • The recognition event for all nominees will take place at Oakland Schools on May 4, 2020
  • Questions regarding the program or event? Email Jessica Walsh

***Very Important***

  1. Nominations are coordinated by the teacher’s principal (or designee) and supported by students (current or former), parents and colleagues. Teachers may not nominate themselves and should not encourage others to nominate them.
  2. Nominations must be complete and cannot exceed word limitations. They must also include supporting statements from a student, parent and colleague.
  3. Nominations that do not carefully follow the directions or meet eligibility requirements can be eliminated or points may be taken off score.
  4. Nominations must be limited to the amount of space indicated on the electronic nomination form (i.e., additional pages will not be considered).
  5. The district coordinators are responsible for verifying all nominations are complete and meet eligibility requirements prior to submitting them to Oakland Schools.

 

Additional Information

Background
The Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards are presented annually to honor and reward teachers in Oakland County who have achieved, through their effort and example, the highest standards of excellence in their profession. Oakland Schools has created these awards out of a conviction that a quality public education system is essential to the health and vitality of our community. We believe that encouraging excellence in education is the shared responsibility of all who reap its benefits.

This award recognizes an elementary, middle/junior high and high school teacher from Oakland County. In all, three teachers will be selected to receive the Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award that includes a cash prize and a recognition event on
Monday, May 4, 2020.

District selection process
Nomination forms should be submitted by the nominator to the district coordinator(s) of the district in which the teacher is employed. Nominators should not submit the nomination form directly to Oakland Schools. Each district will determine its own review and selection process to select the three teachers (one elementary, one middle/junior high and one high school) to be considered for the Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. The nomination forms for the three teachers selected at the district level must be received by Jessica Walsh with Oakland Schools District and School Services, no later than 5p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. Nomination forms received after that date will not be considered.

Please HOLD the following dates for Surprise Visits: March 11 – 15, 2019
***(Once the winners are chosen, surprise visit announcements will be scheduled during this
week. It is imperative we are able to schedule with the winning districts during this time
frame.)

Oakland County selection process
The three nominations received from each of the participating districts will be reviewed and screened by a committee comprised of representatives from Oakland Schools, educational referent groups, parent groups and community members. The committee will determine the three Oakland County award recipients (one elementary, one middle/junior high and one high school) based upon nomination criteria. Award winners will be notified via a surprise announcement in their classroom.

Awards
The Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award includes a $2,000 cash prize from the Oakland Schools Education Foundation. Oakland Schools will recognize all nominees and present awards to the three recipients at a special event at Oakland Schools on Monday, May 2 2020.

How to apply

Fill out the nomination documents

Application deadline February 7, 2020 at 5:00pm

Make sure to gather all require materials before you begin the nomination form.

2018-2019 Outstanding Teachers of the Year

2019 Zach Rondot, Elementary Teacher of the Year

Zach Rondot, Elementary Teacher of the Year

4th Grade, Castello Elementary School, Troy School District

David Kniaz, Middle School Teacher of the Year

David Kniaz, Middle School Teacher of the Year

8th Grade US History, Novi Middle School, Novi Community Schools

Julie Smith, High School Teacher of the Yearv

Julie Anne Smith, High School Teacher of the Year

7th-12th Grade Choir Teacher, Berkley High School, Berkley School District