Department of Defense Education Activity

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. Submit all nominations to DSO by November 13, 2020 School Level Principal
November Nominees are notified asked to complete District Teacher of the Year Application Learn more on why you should apply, eligibility & requirements District POC
Early Jan Application for District TOY due to DSO District POC
By end of February District Teacher of the Year announced and sent DoDEA Teacher of the Year Application District Office
March

District Teacher of the Year completes the following between February 15 - March 12, 2021:

  1. DoDEA Teacher of the Year Application
  2. Schedule recording of video
  3. Gathers letters of support 
District POC
NLT March Completed packet is uploaded to Schoology by March 26 by the 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

2022 DoDEA State Teacher of the Year Timeline

 

Oct 5 – Nov 13, 2020 Nominations sought in local communities.
Nov 16, 2020 District POC sends to HQ the number of nominees submitted for each district.
Nov 19 – Jan 11, 2021 District PoCs compile SY 20-21 nominations and provide approved candidates the District ToY application for completion and submission.
District Level Process
On or before Jan 11, 2021 Applications for District TOY due at the District Superintendent’s Office.  Emailed to district POC.
Jan 11-15, 2021 District TOY POC reviews applications to ensure they are complete and that word counts and page limits are not exceeded.
Jan 18, 2021 District TOY POC emails listing of applicants with demographic data to HQ TOY POC.
Jan 18 – Feb 8, 2021 District TOY selected by the district panel based on written application and virtual interview. 
On or before Feb 8, 2021 (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 Feb 15, 2021 Superintendent/ District POC notifies and supports nominated teachers in the TOY application process.
Feb 15- Mar 12, 2021 District Teacher of the Year completes DoDEA TOY application and prepares video.
Mar 12-Mar 26, 2021 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 26, 2021 DODEA TOY application package (including video and official photo) uploaded to Schoology by District POC.
Headquarters Level Process
Mar 1, 2021 HQ Coordinator Identify and notify Selection Panel and Interview Panel members-send save the date as reminders
On or before Mar 26, 2021 DoDEA Application package from District TOY, including photo and video, due at DoDEA Headquarters.  Upload via Schoology
Mar 29-Apr 2, 2021 DoDEA STOY community organized: written applications, videos, photos into two groups on Schoology
Apr 5-16, 2021 Selection Panel Review Period. Panel members will review applications and videos independently using scoring rubrics. Scores are submitted into Schoology.
Apr 19-20, 2021 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.
Apr 21-May 5, 2021 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 5, 2021 HQ Selection Panel scoring rubrics and comments due to Schoology/HQ POC
May 6-10, 2021 Top 3-4 candidates will be scheduled for virtual interview.
May 11-14, 2021

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 17-21, 2021 Provide written recommendation for 2021 DoDEA STOY to Deputy Director for the Director. Debrief the STOY selection with the Director as requested. Compile bio of selected DoDEA TOY and share with HQ Communications office for coordination of communication to the field.
On or before May 21, 2021 DODEA TOY (district superintendent, principal, and district POC) are notified of the selection.
On or before May 26, 2021 Announcement of 2022 DODEA TOY made via Weekly packet and DODEA website.
SY 2021 and 2022 Recognition and professional development opportunities. 2022 STOY year period is January 2022-December 2022
Jun 2021- Oct 2021 Technical work sessions with DODEA TOY to revise national application and platform.
National Teacher of the Year Program Level Process
On or before Oct 31, 2021 The DoDEA State Coordinator submits the DoDEA TOY’s complete official application package to the National TOY Program site.
Jan 2022 National selection committee (NTOY) announces four finalists.
Mar 2022 Four finalists meet with national selection committee (NTOY) in a variety of situations, including individual interviews, for a three-day period.
Apr 2022 2022 NTOY announced and honored in Washington, DC at the White House by the President