2017-01-25 / Academics

Governor Proposes to Extend the Excellence In Teaching Awards

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed to extend the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Awards to honor 60 additional teachers. Winners will receive an honor from the Governor, the opportunity to advise education policy makers, and a stipend of $5,000. The funds can be used for continued learning and professional endeavors, including fees for national board certification, additional university courses, or attendance at a state or national conference.

In 2016, Cuomo established the first-ever teaching awards to recognize outstanding educators who exemplify the highest professional standards and work to inspire students, instill a love for learning, and ensure that school is exciting, motivating and challenging. Building on the success of last year’s awards, Cuomo proposes an additional round of awards for excellent teachers in the state who exemplify the high caliber of teaching in classrooms every day.

Anyone can nominate a public school teacher of any grade or subject. Teachers are selected by a panel of education leaders from organizations including the New York State United Teachers, the United Federation of Teachers, SUNY, and the New York State PTA, superintendent and principal associations. The awardees are teachers from every region of the state whose careers are devoted to working with students in grades Pre-K to 12, and teach diverse subjects such as music, math, reading, science, technical education, art and physical education.

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