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Great American Teach Off Awarding $10,000 Grant
posted by: Alix | February 08, 2012, 07:25 PM   

Over the past few years, education reform has been a hot topic nearly nationwide. While the examination of our system is prudent  it is critical to recognize the amazing work our educators are doing across the country. For the second year in a row, GOOD and University of Phoenix are launching The Great American Teach-Off—a nationwide competition that will identify classroom heroes and reward one with a $10,000 grant to use towards his or her classroom.

Any student, parent, community member or educator can nominate their favorite teacher via a simple online application process. Teachers can even nominate themselves by writing a simple 200-word essay about their commitment to the classroom.

Online nominations are being accepted now and will close February 20. Finalists will be selected by March 5, where they will then be asked to make videos about their teaching experience and what they would do with the generous grant. Finally, the videos will be posted online and the public will get to vote on the next Great American Teach-off winner.

While there are many grant opportunities for educators every year, the Great American Teach-Off award has become a phenomenal way for teachers across the country to share ideas about classroom projects via final video submissions.

Last year, Terry Dougherty, a third grade teacher at Roland Rogers Elementary School in Galloway Township, New Jersey was awarded the grant to continue and expand her free tutoring program for the children of local military personnel. Her program, Free Military Child Tutoring—They Are Heroes Too!, stemmed from being a military spouse for thirty years and seeing the separation and transition issues that these children face.

Her video went viral, and teachers from across her area were inspired to assist her in expanding the program beyond her wildest dreams. Amazingly, Ms. Dougherty was even invited to the White House for a special tour in honor of her work.

This year, the contest will continue, and the stakes will be even higher. If you or a colleague have an idea for a classroom project, apply today! If an AAE member becomes a finalist, we can work together to promote a final video showcasing a deserving project.

Click here for more information and contest rules.

Do you have an idea worthy of the Great American Teach-Off contest?

Comment below.

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Who won?
written by Tracie, Onalaska, July 19, 2012

So, who won this year, for 2012? Would love to hear more about what stellar educators are doing!

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