Big Apple Awards
The Office of Teacher Leadership (OTL) oversees both Teacher Career Pathways (TCP) and Big Apple Awards (BAA) programs. For questions about either program, reach out to us at email@example.com.
What are the Big Apple Awards?
2020-2021 Chancellor’s Teacher Advisory Council Memos
BAA Fellows are currently participating in the Chancellor's Teacher Advisory Council, where they engage with Chancellor Carranza and DOE leadership to advise on key school matters. Read the memos below to learn more about the work being done this year.
Learning Management Systems
Curriculum, Pedagogy, & Assessment
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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 Fellows’ Network...
The Big Apple Awards 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.
Feedback & Reflection...
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.
Thinking in Systems...
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!