Have you heard of the Toyota Teacher of the Year award? Each year this award gives an outstanding educator $20,000 to support an innovative family engagement project and significant national recognition for his/her exemplary work with families. The winner also receives a scholarship to attend the 2013 National Conference on Family Literacy. One national runner-up will receive a $2,500 grant for his/her program and a scholarship to the conference. Apply now>>
Last year’s Teacher of the Year Shari Brown, instructor at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in North Carolina, shares her reasons why you should apply for this award:
- The award showcases teachers as role models and gives students a sense of pride in their teachers.
- The award provides you with a platform to speak about educational issues relating to family literacy.
- You gain positive exposure for your family literacy program in the community and the award gives the community a sense of pride.
- The award allows you the opportunity to collaborate and share experiences with other teachers, leaders, and advocates in the field of family literacy.
- The award funds innovative ideas that would go “undone” because of lack of funding.
Now you know why to apply; time to act fast! Less than two days remain to apply for 2013 — applications close February 13! Apply now>>
Need some inspiration for your family engagement project? Click here to learn how Shari used the award to fund a community garden.