Saturday, March 24, 2012

2012 Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching Awards - Applications due Apr 30th!

Submitted by Teaching Tolerance Staff on March 9, 2012

Teaching Tolerance is now accepting applications for the 2012 Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching award. This award recognizes educators who are adept at fostering productive, caring relationships with students and their families, building on students’ prior knowledge and providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students. Successful candidates will have a record of success meeting the needs of students from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

In January 2013, Teaching Tolerance will honor five outstanding teachers at an event in Washington, D.C. Last year’s award event included two panel discussions featuring prominent education experts such as Sonia Nieto, Jacqueline Jordan Irvine and A. Wade  Boykin as well as teacher awardees and other accomplished practitioners. Each awardee will receive $1,000. Prior to the event, the five teachers will be videotaped in their classrooms as models of effective practice. This footage will be used in online professional development modules and in schools of education to enhance teacher training by modeling effective practice.  Click here to view videos from the 2011 awardees.

Teachers must agree to be videotaped and secure the permission of their schools and students.

All pre-K to 12 teachers within the United States are invited to apply. Applications must be received by April 30, 2012. An expert panel of teachers and scholars will select the five awardees.

Learn more about how to be a culturally responsive educator.

Applications are accepted online and can be found here.

If you have questions regarding the Teaching Tolerance Award, please send them to

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