TNTP, a nonprofit organization working to ensure that all students get excellent teachers, recently opened the third annual application period for the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice. The prestigious award is given to four public school teachers a year who demonstrate exceptionally effective teaching with students from high-poverty communities.
Winners each receive $25,000 and a six-week summer residency experience with TNTP. It is one of the largest monetary awards for practicing teachers in the nation, and the only one that exclusively honors teachers of low-income students. Nominations and applications may be submitted online at tntp.org/fishmanprize.
In 2013, four winners were selected from more than 570 applicants in 42 states. During the summer, the winners traveled to New York, Chicago, and Washington, DC, to reflect critically on their classroom practices, converse with education leaders including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and write “Going Deep”, a collection of personal essays on the practice of effective teaching. To learn more about the winners’ experience, see the recent post on the TNTP blog, authored by 2013 winner Javier Velazquez.
The early application deadline is Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Early applicants will learn whether they have been selected for the next application stage about a month before other applicants. The final deadline is Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
For more information on how to apply or nominate a teacher for the Fishman Prize, please visit tntp.org/fishmanprize.