Golden Apple is a non-profit organization that works to inspire, develop and support teacher and school leader excellence in Illinois, especially in schools-of-need.
Because the critical contributor to student achievement is the quality of the teacher in the classroom, Golden Apple is dedicated to providing exceptional preparation for teachers at all stages of their careers. We identify motivated future educators with diverse backgrounds and through our Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program, provide advance teacher preparation and mentoring both during and after college to ensure their lasting success in challenging teaching environments.
Our annually bestowed Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching & Leadership celebrate outstanding teachers and school leaders and invite those awarded the platform to further our mission. Our innovative programs build on one another to transform teachers and teaching, enriching student and teacher lives.
Golden Apple’s 3 Strategies for Success
- Prepare Future Teachers with a proven pathway for success through the Golden Apple Scholars program.
- Invest in Veteran Teachers by providing results-proven, professional development programs dedicated to student performance improvement through the Golden Apple STEM Institute.
- Recognize and Leverage Great Teachers by honoring 10 outstanding Illinois educators annually through the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching & Leadership and one or more exemplary principals through the Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award each year. We also have created a dedicated community of mentors to share transformative teaching practices to prospective and veteran teachers through the Golden Apple Academy of Educators.