The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is accepting nominations for the 2012-2013 Arkansas Teacher of the Year (ATOY). Each school district is encouraged to designate a district Teacher of the Year. It is imperative that each Regional Educational Service Cooperative and Pulaski County is represented with at least one (1) Teacher of the Year candidate at the regional level, and ideally more than one.
The district's designated teacher is invited to download the ATOY application packet from the Arkansas Teacher of the Year program webpage: http://arkansased.org/teachers/recognition_toy.html or complete the attached form.
Funding from The Walton Family Foundation will allow the ADE to recognize one teacher from each of the areas served by the 15 regional service cooperatives and one from Pulaski County as ATOY regional finalists. Each such recognized teacher will receive a cash award in the amount of $1,000.
The teacher candidate must be engaged directly in instruction with students in a classroom setting for more than seventy percent (70%) of the person’s contracted time and is not a guidance counselor or librarian.
The district Teacher of the Year candidate should follow the directions in the packet carefully, while being precise and focused in responding to the essay items. Completed packets, including one set with original signatures and six additional copies, must be returned to the Department of Education on or before the close of business (4:30 p.m.) on Friday, August 3, 2012.
Four teachers will be selected from the regional finalists as ATOY state semi-finalists. The selection panel will visit each selected teacher's classroom prior to naming the 2013 ATOY.
The ATOY will receive an additional cash award of at least $14,000.
The ATOY will be placed on administrative paid leave for one year to work In-Residence with the ADE and to develop professional development and provide technical assistance to teachers and students. The ATOY will serve as a non-voting member on the Arkansas State Board of Education and as an ambassador for education in Arkansas, making public appearances across the state. The ATOY is nominated to represent Arkansas in the National Teacher of the Year Program competition.
Again, it is very important that each Regional Educational Service Cooperative and Pulaski County is represented in the ATOY process; therefore school district participation should be a priority.
For additional information, please contact:
Arkansas Department of Education
Gloria Stephens, Coordinator
Arkansas Teacher of the Year Program
Four Capitol Mall, Room 402-A
Little Rock, AR 72201