The winning teacher’s school will also receive $20,000 to go towards arts initiatives.
Beyond teaching in a Manhattan public school, nominees must teach grades K-12 and have at least five years of experience in the classroom. Teachers can be nominated by parents, students, principals, or colleagues. Approximately 25 candidates will be selected as semifinalists. The finalists and grand prize winner will be chosen based on the candidates' “dedication and focus on challenging and inspiring students of all abilities, and utilizing innovative teaching techniques and approaches to curricula and activities with a strong emphasis placed on the student experience and community.”