Blue Ribbon Teacher Awards Program
Blue Ribbon Teacher Awards Program
WHAT IS THE BLUE RIBBON TEACHER PROGRAM?
The Blue Ribbon Teacher Awards aim to recognize excellence in teaching throughout Metro Nashville Public Schools. Each year, the Blue Ribbon Teacher program will identify up to 50 extraordinary teachers to receive a $1,000 award. MNPS, in collaboration with Nashville Public Education Foundation and community partners, wants to honor teachers who are accomplishing great things with our students in the classroom. This year, Blue Ribbon awards will focus on teachers who exhibit instructional excellence, promote student growth, and exemplify teacher leadership.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR BLUE RIBBON STATUS?
Full-time MNPS teachers, including charter school teachers, who are on the certificated staff salary schedule.
WHEN CAN I APPLY FOR BLUE RIBBON STATUS?
The application period opens November 12, 2018, and closes January 21, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Submit applications at www.mnps.org.
HOW DO I APPLY TO BE A BLUE RIBBON TEACHER?
Applications should be submitted electronically at the MNPS website, www.mnps.org.
HOW WILL BLUE RIBBON TEACHERS BE SELECTED?
The Office of Human Resources and Organizational Development will review completed applications to ensure eligibility requirements are met.
17–18 observation average 4.00 or higher
Instructs students 50% or more of the time
An MNPS work group will screen the applications. The work group will use screening criteria and will be trained in the screening process.
Applications that meet the screening criteria will be forwarded to the selection committee. This Selection Committee, with members chosen by the Director of Schools and Nashville’s Agenda Steering Committee, will blind-review the applications using a rubric based on the application criteria. The Selection Committee will be composed of a group of diverse parent, community, higher education and business leaders external to MNPS. The Office of Human Resources and Organizational Development will manage logistical support to implement the program components.
“Metro Schools dedicated to becoming the fastest improving urban school district in our nation - and great teachers are the foundation to realizing this vision. In classrooms across this district we have many life-changing moments taking place every single day due to the expertise, commitment, and caring of our great teachers. This Blue Ribbon Teacher recognition program and the support from local leaders give us the opportunity to celebrate and reward stellar teachers who are making a significant difference in teaching and learning for children. I want to encourage our great teachers to apply for this award and thank our community partners who have made this recognition possible.”
- Dr. Shawn Joseph, Director of Schools
“There are so many incredible success stories to tell throughout our schools, and highly capable teachers are at the heart of those stories. The Blue Ribbon Award provides us with an opportunity to honor those contributions. Your nominations will give the city the chance to hear about the work you and your colleagues do each day to improve lives. I am grateful to each of you.”
- David Briley, Mayor of Nashville
“My mom was a public school teacher so I know the kind of commitment teaching takes. I also know what a game changer an extraordinary teacher can be in a student’s life. Our hope is that through the Blue Ribbon Teacher Award we are able to both shine a spotlight on the teaching heroes among us and in turn, lend community support to help make their job a little bit easier.”
- Keel Hunt, Chairman, The Strategy Group