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Award to a Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC Teacher
of Grades PreK-12 for Outstanding Achievements in Education

The Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award

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The Washington Post

Deadline Date:

01/24/22 11:59 PM ET Receipt for finalist materials. Nomination deadlines are set by the individual school system.

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Award of $7,500 to a Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC teacher in eligible locations for outstanding work within the teaching profession. Nominations will be received by local school systems, the Public Charter School Board, or an independent committee prior to the deadline. Applicants must teach in a school in one of the following jurisdictions: District of Columbia; Maryland: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties; Virginia: Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties; Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park cities.

The goals of The Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award have always been to recognize excellence in teaching, to encourage creative and quality instruction and to contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education in the Washington metropolitan area.

Nominees must be teachers who:

  • Instill in students a desire to learn and achieve.
  • Understand the individual needs of students, encourage their talents and foster their self-esteem.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it eff ectively with students.
  • Foster cooperative relationships with their colleagues and the community.
  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership.
  • Maintain their teaching position throughout the 2021-22 school year.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140335

Number of Grants:

The annual awards recognize a Teacher of the Year and one finalist from the other local school systems.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The winning finalist will receive a signature trophy, a $7,500 monetary award, a feature spot in a ½ page ad that runs in The Washington Post newspaper, a profile in The Washington Post and on Washingtonpost.com.

All other finalists will receive a certificate of appreciation from The Washington Post.

Term of Contract:

All school system finalists are under embargo until mid-April 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominees must be full-time teachers (in grades prekindergarten through 12) in an accredited school in one of the jurisdictions below. Each nominee must have a minimum of five years’ teaching experience, three of which must be in the school or school system in which he or she is currently serving. Nominees must be serving as a teacher for the 2021-22 school year.

Pre-Application Information:

All finalist materials are to be submitted to The Washington Post Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday, January 24, 2022.

Teacher nominations must first be submitted to the local school system and one finalist will be selected by the local school system as a nominee for The Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award. Nomination deadlines are set by the individual school system. Specific information can be obtained from the school system’s awards coordinator or superintendent’s office. All school system finalists are under embargo until mid-April 2022.

Nominations may be submitted by teachers, students, former students, parents, administrators or the general public. Teachers may not nominate themselves.

2021-22 Program Timeline
- 10/11 Call for nominations. Materials shared with jurisdictions.
- 1/24 Deadline for nomination sheets and packets.
- 03/07 The Washington Post to select and notify the winning Principal and Teacher. All winners and finalists, including individual jurisdiction finalists, should remain under embargo until mid-April 2022.
- *04/18 Promotion activities begin. Winner features posted online on washingtonpost.com.
- *04/19 The Washington Post feature appears in print

Public Schools: Each participating public school system will receive and screen nominations and will select one finalist from each eligible jurisdiction, in accordance with the criteria and nomination process. For further information, contact your local school superintendent’s office.

District of Columbia Public Charter Schools: The District of Columbia Public Charter School Board will receive and screen nominations and select one finalist, in accordance with the criteria and nomination process. For further information, contact the Public Charter School Board.

Private Schools: In accordance with the criteria and nomination process, an independent committee of educators and community leaders will screen nominations and make the final selection of a finalist from the private schools. Deadline for receipt of private school nominations is 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday, January 24. 2022.

About The Washington Post Teacher and Principal of the Year Awards: https://www.washingtonpost.com/pr/2021/10/14/about-washington-post-teacher-principal-year-awards/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The Washington Post Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/request/D8e4c2iv4cKZwt9KRZ9p

For further information, please contact:
The Washington Post
Community Relations Department
202.334.7969
community@washpost.com

District of Columbia Public Charter Schools: The District of Columbia Public Charter School Board will receive and screen nominations and select one finalist, in accordance with the criteria and nomination process. For further information, contact the Public Charter School Board at 202.328.2660.
Nominations should be sent to:
District of Columbia
Public Charter School Board
3333 14th Street NW, Suite 210
Washington, D.C. 20010

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s Counties;   Virginia: Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties; Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park cities;   Washington, DC

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