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New Jersey Teacher of the Year Program

Teacher of the Year Responsibilities

ROLE OF THE COUNTY & STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR

NEW - Being named a County or State Teacher of the Year is not only an award, but an honor  that comes with an enormous amount of responsibility to represent the teaching profession in the county and/or state. 

The Teacher of the Year acts as:

  • A liaison between the teaching community and the NJDOE, County Offices of Education, districts, and communities;
  • An education ambassador to businesses, parents, service organizations, and media;
  • A resource on the state of the profession to be available for workshops and conferences around the state;
  • An education leader involved in teacher forums and education reform; and
  • A representative for the teaching profession by:
    • Articulating the many ways that teachers contribute to the profession,  and
    • Sharing knowledge about specific programs and instructional strategies that benefit teachers and students.

6-MONTH SABBATICAL FOR STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR

The State Teacher of the Year receives a 6-month sabbatical (salary and benefits covered by Educational Testing Service) from January until June from his/her teaching assignment in order to fulfill the role/responsibilities.

Since the State Teacher of the Year will be asked to attend many events and make numerous speeches during the 2014-15 school year, he or she must be poised, articulate, and have the energy to make and withstand a busy schedule.
 
The 2014-15 State Teacher of the Year is expected to attend national events such as:

  • National Teacher of the Year Program Conference: January 21-26;
  • Washington D.C. Recognition Week: April 27-May 2;
  • Education Commission of the States National Forum on Education Policy: June 29-July 2;
  • International Space Camp: July 18-26 (tentative dates);
  • ETS Next Steps Conference: October 2014; and
  • Pearson Education Mobile Video Institute: September/October 2014