Big Apple Awards

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2022-23 Big Apple Awards

You can now nominate a teacher for the Big Apple Awards during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6, 2022)!

Take a moment to thank (and nominate) a teacher today!

Meet the 2020-2021 Big Apple Award Recipients

2020-2021 Big Apple Award recipients

What are the Big Apple Awards?

The Big Apple Awards recognize and celebrate New York City teachers who:

  • inspire students
  • model great teaching
  • enrich their school communities

By honoring these teachers, we recognize all those who go above and beyond to serve our students and families!

For The Second Year: Big Apple College and Career Counselor Ambassador Award!

We are also pleased to recognize individuals whose efforts have gone above and beyond to improve NYC students’ access and success in postsecondary attainment. The Big Apple College and Career Counselor Award will honor counselors who lead postsecondary planning activities in their school that have made significant strides in advancing postsecondary readiness, provided exemplar college and career supports and services at their school, and demonstrated success on critical postsecondary metrics. Award recipients will participate in a fellowship year of executive leadership coaching while exploring the local and national postsecondary landscape and its impact on informing citywide policy.

Applications will be reviewed on competencies listed below:

  • Impact on student college and career learning
  • College and career counseling practices
  • Contributions to school and postsecondary community

Big Apple Awards by the Numbers

  • Eight years of recognizing teacher excellence in New York City
  • Nearly 7,000 nominations received in 2019 from students, families, teachers, and community members.
  • 75 percent of schools had at least one teacher nomination. That means three out of every four schools in the city had a nominee!
  • 65 percent of nominations came from you—students and their families.
  • 200+ applicants were recognized as finalists

The Big Apple Award Selection Process

It’s a multi-step process that takes many months—and it all starts with you! Students, families, administrators, and community members can all nominate any DOE teacher. We then initiate a rigorous selection process that includes multiple stakeholders across the DOE.

Why Nominate a Teacher?

  • It’s a great way to show your appreciation for a dedicated teacher!
  • Each nomination helps us learn more about what makes a great teacher—and showcases the incredible work happening in schools citywide.
  • It’s not just about the award recipients: all nominees are considered for additional DOE recognition opportunities, and finalists are recognized by their district superintendent
  • Big Apple Award recipients are celebrated by the chancellor and may have the opportunity to participate in the Big Apple Fellowship, which includes engagement in leadership development sessions and the Chancellor’s Teacher Advisory Council.

Receiving the Big Apple Award

Recipients are notified of their award in a surprise appearance from the chancellor, deputy chancellors, and other members of the NYC education community. This allows us to honor and celebrate these exceptional teachers in their teaching environment, sometimes even with their students and colleagues!

Big Apple Award Selection Criteria

The specific criteria used to evaluate Big Apple Award nominees is as follows:

Impact on Student Learning

  • The teacher sets and exceeds standards-driven goals for stellar student achievement (academic, social, and behavioral)
  • The teacher establishes trust with students to allow for true collaboration and broaden impact on student learning

Instructional Practices

  • The teacher uses rigorous instruction through a variety of teaching methods, creates a supportive environment in the classroom that actively engages students in learning, and acts as a collaborative teacher by working with others to innovate and hone their practice
  • The teacher establishes trust with colleagues to allow for true collaboration and strengthen instructional practices

Contributions to School Community

  • The teacher demonstrates effective leadership in and out of the classroom and shows relentless efforts to build strong family-community ties
  • The teacher establishes trust with families and school leaders to allow for true collaboration and expands the impact of the professional contributions

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