2025 DoDEA Teacher of the Year Timeline

Nomination Period
January 8 to February 9, 2024 Nominations sought in local communities
District Level Process
By January 31, 2024 District POCs identify interview and selection panel
February 14-16, 2024 District POCs provide the selected candidates the application form for completion and submission
February 19 to March 1, 2024 Candidates complete the District TOY application
On or before March 1, 2024 Candidates email their application to district POCs
March 4-8, 2024 District POCs review applications for completion (word counts and page limits)
March 11, 2024 District POCs email listing of applicants (with email address and principal’s contact information) with demographic data to HQ POC 
March 11-22, 2024 Selection panel reviews and scores applications and Interview panel interviews final candidates
On or before March 27, 2024 District POCs notify HQ POC of selected District TOY PRIOR to notifying the candidate or making an announcement in the local community (to allow HQ Communications Department to assist with coordinating communications)
By April 5, 2024 District TOY is announced in each district by local leadership 
April 8-19, 2024 District TOY completes DoDEA TOY application and prepares video
April 22-26, 2024 District POC collaborates with District TOY to edit/revise/ improve the DODEA TOY application and video to ensure they meet all expectations
NLT May 3, 2024 DODEA STOY application package (including video and official photo) uploaded to TEAMS by district POC
Headquarters Level Process
By May 3, 2024 HQ POC identifies the Selection Panel and Interview Panel members 

May 6-17, 2024


ROUND One selection panel review period. Panel members will review applications and videos independently using scoring rubrics. Scores are emailed to HQ POC
May 20-24, 2024 HQ POC reviews scores to identify top 2 candidates from each group (from Round One reviews) and set up candidate folders for the second round of scoring
May 27 to June 3, 2024 ROUND Two selection panel review period. Panel members will review applications and videos independently using scoring rubrics. Scores are emailed to HQ POC
On or before June 3, 2024 HQ selection panel scoring rubrics and comments are emailed to HQ POC
June 4-7, 2023 Top three candidates will be scheduled for a virtual interview.
By August 12, 2024 HQ POC will send interview invitations to top three candidates 
August 19-21, 2024 Virtual interviews with top three candidates by the HQ interview panel. 
August 26-30, 2024 Provide written recommendation for 2025 DoDEA STOY to Chief Academic Officer for the Director’s approval. Debrief the STOY selection with the Director as requested. Compile bio of selected DoDEA TOY and share with HQ Communications Department for coordination of communication to the field. 
On or before Sept 6, 2024 District superintendent, principal, and district POC are notified of the 2025 DoDEA TOY selection. 
On or before Sept 20, 2024 Announcement of 2025 DoDEA TOY (at the Mark Center during the Teacher Leadership Summit) made via DoDEA website and other methods as determined by HQ.
SY 2024 and 2025 Recognition and professional development opportunities. 2025 STOY year period is January 2025 to December 2025
September 2024 to October 2024 Technical work sessions with DoDEA STOY to revise national application and platform. PDMS days can be provided.
National TOY Application Process
On or before October 31, 2024 The DoDEA state coordinator submits the 2025 DoDEA STOY’s complete official application package to the National TOY Program site
November 2024 The National Selection Committee begins review of all state applications prior to the initial meeting of the Selection Committee.
December 2024 Finalists, Chief State School Officers, and state teams of the four states selected will be notified by the Council of Chief State School Officers.
STOY Year of Service:   NTOY Program Events and Sabbatical
January 2025 DoDEA STOY’s year of service begins
February 2025 National Selection Committee (NTOY) announces four finalists. The four finalists will be brought to Washington, D.C., where they will meet with the Selection Committee
February 2025 NTOY Program Orientation (location TBD)
March 2025 The teacher selected and the three finalists, along with their Chief State School Officers, will be notified of the Selection Committee's decision.
April 2025 2025 NTOY announced and honored in Washington, DC 
July 2025 Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama
August to December 2025 STOY sabbatical
September 2025 DODEA Teacher Leadership Summit
October 2025 Impact & Influence Conference in Princeton, NJ
January 2026 College Football Championship, Los Angeles, CA
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