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Nominations open for new Blue Ribbon Teacher Award

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Quality teaching is one of the elements that will drive Metro Nashville Public Schools to be the highest performing urban district in the country. There are great teachers everywhere in Nashville, in every school, doing the front-line work in education that keeps schools running, students achieving and Nashville full of lifelong learners. They deserve to be celebrated by the entire community.

The Blue Ribbon Teacher program will recognize 50 extraordinary teachers in Metro Schools, nominated by students, families, neighbors and colleagues. Blue Ribbon teachers are exceptional by deed or through results of their work, and they will be rewarded with Blue Ribbon status and a cash award of $1,000.

While job performance and classroom achievement are paramount, teaching is about much more than that. It’s also about greater service to students’ lives and showing the kind of leadership that lifts students, schools and the district higher. These teachers deserve more than a pat on the back; their stories and accomplishments deserve to be shared with the community.

Nominees will fit into one or more of these three categories (with examples shown below):

Relationship with students

  • heroism/dedication
  • transformative actions that change students’ lives


  • early adopters of school and/or district initiatives
  • leadership at building or district level
  • engaging school and district colleagues in change efforts
  • Teacher of the Year

Impressive Data

  • student performance, although not limited to standardized testing  (fine arts, career/tech)

A work group will screen nominations through a blind review process, according to set criteria. A Selection Committee made up of parents, community members, higher education officials and business leaders will make the final decisions. That group will not include Metro Schools employees.

The nomination period opens Monday, November 25, 2013 and closes February 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. There is a nominating form on the MNPS website.