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Fellowships, Grants, and Awards for Teachers

Teachers Central to Leadership Fellowship (TCTL)

The Teachers Central to Leadership Fellowship (TCTL) is a unique opportunity for DCPS educators to help shape policy at the district level.

This five-week program places 5-8 educators on teams in the DCPS central office during the summer. Fellows provide critical input on issues such as curriculum, recruitment and selection of teachers, professional development, and communications. They meet weekly with DCPS leaders and have opportunities to share their perspectives and expertise.


Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award

The Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award was developed by Washington Post Company Educational Foundation to commemorate Agnes Meyer, the wife of the Post’s former owner and a staunch supporter of public education. The awards program aims to recognize excellence in teaching, encourage creative and quality instruction, and contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education in the Washington metropolitan area.

Each year, The Washington Post recognizes one DCPS teacher to be honored at a ceremony in the spring and awarded a $3,000 prize. Recipients must have five years of teaching experience, including three in DCPS, and must be full-time, pre-K-12 teachers.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions about the award or nomination process. Nominations are due January 30, 2015.


CityBridge-NewSchools Education Innovation Fellowship

The CityBridge-NewSchools Education Innovation Fellowship is a competitive year-long fellowship designed to introduce a cohort of Washington, DC’s strongest teachers to the most promising innovations in blended learning*.  The fellowship will run from January 2015 through December 2015. Sixteen to 20 teachers who have more than two years of teaching experience and currently teach in DCPS or D.C. public charter schools will be selected as members of the 2015 cohort.

Fellows will meet for one full day per month to visit schools implementing blended models, meet with thought leaders in the field, participate in technology demonstrations, and engage in school redesign workshops. The cohort will take at least two trips, including one to California in April 2015 during spring break. In addition, Fellows will design and lead blended learning pilot programs during the summer of 2015 and the 2015-2016 school year.

All fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend for participation in the program, as well as a $2,500 professional development grant to be used for the purchase of technology, personalized coaching, pilot program implementation costs, or other approved development opportunities. Each Fellow’s school will also receive a $1,000 unrestricted grant for related expenses, such as substitutes to cover for the Fellows when they are out of the building for fellowship days.

Applications are due in early October. To learn more about the fellowship and how to apply, please visit citybridgefoundation.org/Collaboration/Fellowship.


DCPS-Ivymount Fellowship

The goal of the DCPS-Ivymount Fellowship is building DCPS capacity to serve students with high-functioning autism. DCPS-Ivymount Fellows will train and co-teach for one year with a team of Ivymount experts. The fellowship offers a variety of professional development opportunities, including didactic workshops, direct observations, coaching, co-teaching, mock lessons/role plays, and weekly check-ins.

This one-year fellowship is for DCPS teachers who have demonstrated an expressed commitment to students with autism spectrum disorder. Training will begin in July at the Ivymount School in Rockville. Teachers will be paid their DCPS salary; there is no additional stipend.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.


DonorsChoose.org is a non-profit organization that connects public school teachers with people who want to provide financial support to individual classrooms. The organization provides an avenue for public school teachers to submit project requests for specific materials. Donors choose which projects to support and then DonorsChoose.org delivers the materials directly to schools. In return, teachers post photos of the materials in use and mail student thank you letters to donors.

To learn more about this program and how to be a successful DonorsChoose.org teacher, visit: donorschoose.org/teachers.


Fishman Prize

Launched in 2012, the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice is an annual award for exceptionally effective teachers working in high-need public schools awarded by TNTP. No more than five teachers are awarded the prize each year. The prize is named for Shira Fishman, a TNTP-trained math teacher currently teaching at McKinley Technology High School in DCPS.

In addition to receiving $25,000, Fishman Prize winners participate in an intensive summer residency during which they reflect critically on their classroom practice, explore the larger issues that shape their profession, and write a short paper on the elements of effective teaching. The residency enables the winners to share their expertise with educators across the country without taking time away from the classrooms where they do their best work.

For more information or to apply for nominate, visit tntp.org/fishman-prize.


Math for America DC Master Teacher Fellowship

The Math for America (MfA) DC Master Teacher Fellowship is a five-year program for outstanding, experienced secondary school mathematics teachers. Teachers in the program participate in professional development activities, work with other MfA DC fellows, and pursue mathematical and educational interests. Participants in the program receive a $55,000 stipend over five years.

Teachers who are interested in the program must hold at least a bachelor’s degree and preferably a master’s degree with a concentration in math, have at least four years of experience teaching math in DCPS or other public or public charter secondary schools, and meet the current MfA requirement for scores on the Praxis II exam.

To learn more about the application timeline and process, please visit: www.mathforamerica.org/apply/washington-dc/master-teachers.


Milken Educator Award

Established in 1987 as an initiative of the Milken Family Foundation, the Milken Educator Awards program rewards and inspires excellence in the world of education by honoring top educators around the country with $25,000 unrestricted awards. Not an accolade for “lifetime achievement” of the proverbial gold watch at the exit door, the Milken Educator Awards targets early-to-mid career education professionals for their already impressive achievements and, more significantly, for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future.

For more information, visit www.milkeneducatorawards.org.


National History Teacher of the Year

The National History Teacher of the Year Award recognizes outstanding K-12 American history teachers across the country. Any full-time educator of grades K-12 who teaches American history (including state and local history) is eligible for consideration. American history may be taught as an individual subject or through social studies, reading, language arts, and other subjects. Elementary school teachers (grades K-6) and middle and high school teachers (grades 7-12) are honored in separate categories in alternate years. The upcoming 2016 awards will honor middle and high school teachers (7-12) and the 2017 award will honor elementary school teachers (K-6). Teachers can be nominated for either award throughout the year.

For more information, visit www.gilderlehrman.org.


PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators

The year-long PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators (LMDI) Program is designed to foster and grow a national community of digitally-savvy educators. LMDIs will receive one year of free professional development including access to virtual trainings, exclusive resources, and membership into a robust professional learning community, as well as invitations to special events and networking and engagement opportunities with peers and thought leaders. LMDIs may also earn a chance to attend to PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C. in June.

Applications are due in February. For more information, visit www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/digitalinnovators.


Physical Education Emerging Leaders (PEEL) Fellowship (EST-EXP image)

The Office of Teaching and Learning’s Health and Physical Education department oversees the Physical Education Emerging Leaders (PEEL) Fellowship. The year-long PEEL Fellowship builds teacher capacity and establishes schools that serve as a district-wide model of implementing a successful Physical Education program and increasing physical activity opportunities for students. The fellowship runs from August 2016 to June 2017.

All current DCPS Health and Physical education teachers are encouraged to apply for the PEEL Fellowship. The application is available online each March and due in mid-April. For more information, contact [email protected].


Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. Established by Congress in 1983, the PAEMST program authorizes the President to bestow up to 108 awards each year.

Recipients of the award receive the following: a certificate signed by the President of the United States; a paid trip for two to Washington, DC; to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

In addition to recognizing outstanding teaching in mathematics or science (including computer science), the program provides teachers with an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation. This growing network of award-winning teachers serves as a vital resource for improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and keeping America globally competitive.

Nominations are due in April. For more information, visit www.paemst.org.


Standing Ovation for DC Teachers

Standing Ovation is an annual celebration of the district’s highly effective educators and includes awards for teachers, support staff, and school leadership. Each year, nominees are interviewed by a panel including Central Office team members, previous award winners, principals, instructional superintendents, and other DCPS community members. Awards include Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year, and New Teacher of the Year.

Learn more about Standing Ovation and previous award winners at www.standingovationfordcteachers.org. To nominate a colleague, please visit dcps.dc.gov/page/accoldates-dcps-educators.


Spotlight: Tiffany Ross

Tiffany began teaching at Bunker Hill Elementary in 2001 --  the same elementary school she attended as a student.  She now teaches fourth grade at Marie Reed Elementary School, where she has been since 2006.  As a Teacher Plus T3 Teacher Leader, this year, Tiffany learned to set small, more obtainable goals that can be measured and adjusted regularly.  Tiffany was selected as The Washington Post's Agnes Meyer Award Winner for Outstanding Teaching in 2013, and felt honored to be recognized for her hard work and commitment.

Tiffany Ross PhotoTeacher leadership allows me to be a catalyst for change while maintaining my love for engaging students in the classroom.  As a teacher leader, I'm in a position to not only empower student, but to encourage other teachers, grow professionally, and to contribute to the success of the entire school.