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Educator Recognition Programs

We know how hard MTA member-educators work to make a difference in the lives of their students. That’s why we want to call attention to the various educator recognition programs hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Each year, DESE uses these programs to honor exemplary Massachusetts public school educators -- and provide opportunities for educators to give feedback on education initiatives.

Massachusetts Teacher of the Year

  • Open to public school educators in every grade level and subject.
  • 2014-2015 nominations must be received by February 6, 2014.
  • Additional information available on the DESE website.

History Teacher of the Year Program

  • Open to American history teachers for grades 7-12 with at least three years of classroom experience.
  • Deadline for 2014 nominations is Feb. 1, 2014; Supporting materials are due by March 15, 2014.
  • Additional information available on the DESE website. Applications available at the Gilder Lehrman Institute Of American History.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

  • Open to all K-6 math and science teachers. (The competition alternates year by year between teachers of grades K-6 and teachers of grades 7-12.)
  • Deadline for 2014 nominations is April 1, 2014.
  • Additional information and applications available on the DESE website and on the PAEMST site.

Distinguished Elementary Educator

  • Open to all grade K-5 elementary school educators. These educators may be considered for advisory boards, task forces and special recognition programs.
  • Deadline for 2014 nominations is March 7, 2014.
  • Applications and additional information available on the DESE website.

George Washington Teachers’ Institute

  • Open to licensed public and non-public Massachusetts teachers in any subject area teaching in grades 3-12.
  • Institute runs from July 26-Aug. 1, 2014.
  • Deadline for applications is March 14, 2014.
  • Additional information available on the DESE website.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

  • The National Board is an independent organization formed to advance the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching, creating a voluntary system to certify teachers who meet those standards and integrating Board-certified teachers into educational reform efforts.
  • Deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2014.
  • More information about National Board certification is available on DESE’s site and from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

Educator Effectiveness Teacher Cabinet

  • New pilot program being launched by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  • Educator Effectiveness Teacher Cabinet comprising teachers from across MA who will provide thoughtful feedback and suggestions about educator effectiveness initiatives.
  • Deadline to apply is Feb. 2, 2014.
  • Applications are available on the DESE website.