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DoDEA Teacher of The Year Program

The DoDEA Teacher of the Year Program is designed to recognize and honor our outstanding teachers who exemplify the quality professionalism of our teaching work force. The DoDEA Teacher of the Year Program is modeled after the National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the Chief States Schools Officers (CSSO), and provides an avenue for the DoDEA Teacher of the Year to be nationally recognized. Any stakeholder may nominate a DoDEA teacher for this award and is highly encouraged to participate in the nomination process.

Timeline Overview

Date Item POC
October - November Nominations FORM Accepted More information on Nominations School principal submits all nominations to DSO by 10 November 17 School Level Principal
November Nominees are notified Nominees complete District Teacher of the Year Application PACKET Learn more on why you should apply, eligibility & requirements District POC
Early Jan Application packets for District TOY due to DSO District POC
By end of February District Teacher of the Year announced District Teacher of the Year receives DoDEA Teacher of the Year Packet District Office
March District Teacher of the Year completes DoDEA Teacher of the Year
  1. application PACKET (Feb 17 - March 17)
  2. schedule recording of video (Feb 17 - March 17)
  3. schedule picture with flag (Feb 17 - March 17)
  4. get letters of support (Feb 17 - March 17)
Review completed application packet with District POC - to include your video, all essays, letters of support and picture (March 18-29).
District POC
NLT 30 March Completed packet is uploaded into Schoology by District POC. District POC
End of May DoDEA Teacher of the Year Announced HQ

 

 

 

Eligibility Requirements for District/DoDEA Teacher of the Year: (* from National Teacher of the Year Program)

  • *Must have the respect and admiration of colleagues and:
    • Be an expert in his/her field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence
    • Collaborate with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success
    • Deliberately connect the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large
    • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning
    • Express him/herself in an engaging and articulate way
  • Must have completed three full years as a DoDEA teacher
  • Must be willing to represent the organization in a way that brings honor to the profession
  • Must be willing to represent DoDEA’s Mission:  to educate, empower, and engage all students

Expectations for those selected as District Teachers of the Year:

  • Participation in face-to-face or online professional learning sessions related to teacher leadership
  • Creation of an action plan that will be used to develop leadership practices in your school or district.  This action plan will be used to document your activities throughout your year of recognition

Expectations for the DoDEA Teacher of the Year:

  • Participation in face-to-face or online professional learning sessions related to teacher leadership
  • Creation of an action plan that will be used to develop leadership practices in your school or district.  This action plan will be used to document your activities throughout your year of recognition
  • Development of a semester-long sabbatical project, in collaboration with DoDEA HQ Leadership and Teacher of the Year POC

2019 DoDEA State Teacher of the Year Timeline

Please use the timeline below for important due dates.

Nomination Period

October 11 – November 10, 2017

Nominations sought in local communities.

November 11-17, 2017

Schools/districts invite nominated teachers to complete the application

November 11, 2017 –

12 January, 2018

Nominated teachers complete the District Teacher of the Year application.

District level Process

On or before

January 12, 2018

Applications for District TOY due at the District Superintendent’s Office.  Emailed to district POC.

January 13 – 19, 2018

District POC reviews applications to ensure they are complete and that word counts and page limits are not exceeded.

January 22 – February 9, 2018

District TOY selected by the district panel based on written application and virtual interview. 

On or before February 9, 2018 (whenever district process has been completed)

District POC notifies DoDEA HQ of selected District TOY PRIOR to notification of winner or announcement in community so that HQ Communications department may assist with coordinating communications.

 By February 16, 2018

Superintendent/District POC notifies and supports nominated teachers in the TOY application process.

February 17-March 17, 2018

District Teacher of the Year completes DoDEA TOY application and prepares video.

March 18 – 29, 2018

District POC collaborates with District TOY winner to edit/revise/improve DoDEA TOY application and video to ensure they fully meet all expectations.

NLT March 30, 2018

DoDEA TOY application package (including video and official photo) uploaded to Schoology by District POC.

Headquarters Level Process

NLT March 1, 2018

HQ Coordinator Identify and notify Selection Panel and Interview Panel members-send save the date as reminders

On or before

March 30, 2018

DoDEA Application package from District TOY, including photo and video, due at DoDEA Headquarters.  Upload via Schoology

April 2-6, 2018

DoDEA STOY community organized: written applications, videos, photos into two groups on Schoology

April 9-20, 2018

Selection Panel Round 1 Review Period.  Panel members will review applications and videos independently using scoring rubrics. Scores are submitted into Schoology.

April 23-24, 2018

HQ reviews top 3 candidates from each group and set up candidate folders for the Selection Panel groups to do a second round of scoring.

April 25-May 2, 2018

Selection Panel Round 2 Review Period of TOP applicants.  Panel members will review applications and videos independently using scoring rubrics.  Scores are submitted into Schoology.

On or before

May 3, 2018

HQ Selection Panel scoring rubrics and comments due to Schoology/HQ POC

May 4-8, 2018

Top 3-4 candidates will be scheduled for virtual interview.

May 9-11, 2018

Virtual interviews with top 3-4 candidates by the HQ Interview Panel.  Date(s) selected based on candidates and time zones.

Note:  Interview panel convenes virtually (estimated time would be 6am EST-9am EST to accommodate the different time zones.  But we will confirm the time once we have commitments from all panel members).

May 14-16, 2018

Provide written recommendation for 2019 DoDEA STOY to Deputy Director for the Director.  Debrief the STOY selection with the Director as requested.  Final decision and endorsement from the Director.  Compile bio of selected DoDEA TOY and share with HQ Communications office for coordination of communication with the field.

On or before

May 23, 2018

DoDEA TOY (district superintendent, principal, and district POC) are notified of the selection.

On or before

May 30, 2018

Announcement of 2019 DoDEA TOY made via Weekly Packet and DoDEA Website.

SY 2018 and 2019

Recognition and professional development opportunities.

2019 STOY year period is January 2019-December 2019.

June 2018-October 2018

Technical work sessions with DoDEA TOY to revise national application and platform.

National Teacher of the Year Program Level Process

On or before

October 26, 2018

The DoDEA State Coordinator submits the DoDEA TOY’s complete official application package to the National TOY Program Office.

January 2019

National selection committee (NTOY) announces four finalists.

March 2019

Four finalists meet with national selection committee (NTOY) in a variety of situations, including individual interviews, for a three-day period.

April 2019

2019 NTOY announced and honored in Washington, DC, at the White House by the President.