Teacher Award Nominations Sought by ISBE

ISBE is seeking nominations for top teacher awards

 ISBE announces new Bilingual Teacher of the Year, Early Childhood Teacher of the Year, and Special Education Teacher of the Year awards

 The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is seeking nominations for Illinois’ top teacher awards. ISBE’s Teacher of the Year and Those Who Excel awards programs honor teachers, teams, administrators, community volunteers, and support personnel who have made significant contributions to Illinois’ students. Any person or organization may submit nominations.

 ISBE also announced three new awards to honor outstanding teachers in specific areas: the Bilingual Teacher of the Year award, Early Childhood Teacher of the Year award, and Special Education Teacher of the Year award. Additionally, for the first time, ISBE will select Regional Teachers of the Year from eight regions. The 2021 Illinois Teacher of the Year, who will be in the running for National Teacher of the Year, will be selected from these 11 educators.

ISBE will announce the winners at a red-carpet banquet in the fall. Spread the word about the awards by sharing this video on social media with the hashtag #ElevatingEducators: vimeo.com/375524493.

 “ ISBE is seeking nominations for:

2021 Illinois Teacher of the Year (public and nonpublic school teachers with five or more years of experience)

Regional Teachers of the Year

Bilingual Teacher of the Year

Early Childhood Teacher of the Year

Special Education Teacher of the Year

Outstanding Early Career Educator (teachers with one-four years of experience)

Those Who Excel Administrator Award

Those Who Excel Team Award

Those Who Excel Community Volunteer Award

Those Who Excel Student Support Personnel Award (school nurse, psychologist, social worker, school counselor, or speech/language therapist)

Those Who Excel Educational Service Personnel Award (aides/paraprofessionals, cafeteria workers, custodians, administrative assistants, bus drivers, resource officers)

 Nominations open March 9 and close June 5. Learn more about the Teacher of the Year and Those Who Excel program requirements and submit a nomination at www.isbe.net/elevatingeducators.

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