Our merit-based awards program has a rigorous application process designed to identify educators demonstrating increases in student achievement, enhancement of student self esteem, and collaboration with community stakeholders.
NOMINATIONS AND VIDEO SUBMISSIONS
School and community stakeholders nominate teachers, assistant principals, and principals for the award. Nominations open on the last day of August each year. Applicants then advance to video submissions.
ESSAYS AND PROJECT PROPOSAL
Applicants complete essays aligned to the award criteria along with an innovative STEAM, Literacy or 21st century skill development project proposal.
Semi-finalists advance to live classroom and school observations conducted by past winners of the award.
FINAL INTERVIEW PANEL
Finalists participate in a day of interviews with past winners.
EMPOWERING EXCELLENT EDUCATORS
Each teacher and school leader winner is awarded $7,500 that includes funding for a school project of the winner’s choice ($3,500), funding for a professional development opportunity to increase the winner’s effectiveness in the school or classroom ($1,500), and a personal stipend ($2,500).
$3,500 : PROJECT
$2,500 : PERSONAL STIPEND
$1,500 : PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
SURPRISE DAY & AWARDS CEREMONY
Excellent educators are notified of winning the award in special surprise day ceremonies, and then celebrated in front of peers and community members at a special awards ceremony.
In 2015, the AFAEE expanded its impact to include five districts in Metro-Atlanta: Atlanta Public Schools, Cobb County Schools, DeKalb County Schools, Fulton County Schools and Gwinnett County Public Schools.
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