TNTP, formerly The New Teacher Project, has launched a new prestigious award called the Fishman Prize. The $25,000 award will be bestowed annually to a select group of public school teachers and will give them the opportunity to complete a summer fellowship with TNTP.
The prize will be awarded to no more than five teachers per year. These teachers must be working full-time in public school (including public charters) where 40% or more of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Winners must also demonstrate their ability to help all children succeed, regardless of background; a keen understanding of effective instructional practice and the ability to articulate it clearly; and a passion for teaching and a commitment to the profession.
“Our greatest teachers go largely unrecognized,” said TNTP President Tim Daly. “And yet they possess the knowledge that can make all teachers better. They work incredibly hard to master their craft…We created the Fishman Prize to honor these teachers and to broadcast their expertise to all educators.” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan also chimed in, thanking TNTP for creating the prize to “honor outstanding teachers and challenge them to share ideas with their colleagues.”
For more information about the prize, please visit http://tntp.org/key-issues/view/fishman-prize. Applications are due online by February 3, 2012.