We're Looking for Outstanding Teachers

The Big Apple Awards, now in its sixth year, is a citywide recognition program that celebrates the educators of New York City who inspire students, model great teaching, and enrich their school communities.

We are thrilled to join the New York City Department of Education in announcing the opening of nominations for the 2018 awards. If you would like to recognize an outstanding teacher in a NYC public school, charter school, or early education center, please complete the nomination form by November 27.

Last year students, families, administrators, and community members submitted nearly 8,000 nominations in hopes that an inspiring teacher would be named one of the 200 finalists. After an interview and/or classroom visit, 19 teachers were chosen to be a 2017-18 Big Apple Fellow. Those 19 award recipients, representing a combined 227 years of teaching experience in NYC, will spend this year developing as leaders and serving as the Chancellor’s Teacher Advisory Group, while continuing their work in the classroom.

In addition to the 19 current recipients, there are 52 Big Apple Awards alumni who have been recognized over the past five years. A new Big Apple Alumni Council is being formed to create opportunities to expand these teachers’ collective impact on education in NYC, continue their individual growth as teacher-leaders, maintain connections to their Big Apple Awards network, and convene peers around key topics. Participation in the Alumni Council will allow past award recipients to continue engaging with colleagues across the city by sharing their expertise and excellent teaching practices.

The Big Apple Awards are made possible, in part, by support from the Fund for Public Schools. The Fund will continue its partnership with Lincoln Center Education – which works in collaboration with the DOE on several arts education programs – to sponsor the Arts Education Award. Additionally, the Physical Education Award – a new category that was added last year – will once again be funded by the New York Road Runners, a longtime DOE partner that provides fitness and wellness programs to over 800 schools, community centers and after school programs across the 5-boroughs.

David Belsky