Educators and community members encouraged to nominate by Jan. 5 deadline
Chicago, IL, November 3, 2015 – Golden Apple now is accepting nominations for the 2016 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teachingand the Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award.
Both awards recognize exceptional educators and their contributions to building a stronger, better-educated society.
The 2016 Golden Apple Awards will recognize 10 outstanding full-time teachers in grade 9-12 classrooms, and the Golder Award will spotlight one principal or head of school at a public or private school. All nominees must be educators within Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry or Will counties.
Administrators, teachers, counselors, parents and students are invited to nominate an outstanding high school teacher and/or school principal who has made a significant difference to students and the school community. Nomination forms are available online, (i.e. Golden Apple Award and Golder Award), and are due by Tuesday, January 5, 2016.
Created by founders Mike and Pat Koldyke, Golden Apple’s mission is to inspire, develop and support teacher excellence in Illinois. Golden Apple has recognized outstanding educators from Chicago and its collar counties annually since 1986 with the Golden Apple Award.
The Golder award is presented in memory of Stanley C. Golder, a founding board member of Golden Apple, whose energy, creativity and commitment to Golden Apple’s mission set the highest standard for dedication and accomplishment. The Golder Award for school leaders was first presented in 2014 and honors one Pre-K through 12th grade principal, head of school or leader of a public or non-public school in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs.
Golden Apple award recipients play a critical role in furthering the programs of Golden Apple, particularly as members of the faculty who help prepare future teachers in the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois to be resilient and successful teachers within schools of need. Each Golden Apple Award recipient receives a tuition-free, spring quarter sabbatical to study at Northwestern University and a $5,000 cash award. Importantly, award recipients also become lifetime Fellows of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators. The Academy plays a critical role in furthering the programs of Golden Apple, particularly as members of the faculty who help prepare future teachers to be resilient and successful teachers within schools-of-need across the state, referred to as the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program.
To be eligible for the Golder Award, candidates must have served as a principal or head of school at one or more public or non-public schools for five or more consecutive school years. Strong candidates have exhibited exemplary performance and outstanding leadership in education. Recipients receive a cash award of $10,000 — $2,000 to be used for his/her own personal professional development, and $8,000 for a school project of their choosing.
Recipients of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching and The Stanley C. Golder Award are notified during surprise visits to their schools in the spring. In addition, the recipients will be recognized at the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership annual event that will be taped and broadcast for wide distribution.
About Golden Apple
2015 marks Golden Apple’s 30th year of innovating teacher preparation to transform both the careers of teachers, as well as the lives of students in Illinois. Our focus is on advancing educational excellence for Illinois’ most under-served students. We begin by recognizing high school and collegiate talent with a passion for teaching and a drive to create positive change for students and their communities. We enhance their college education with exemplary advanced teacher preparation, game-changing resources and lifelong support, through our Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program.
Golden Apple is composed of recognized superior educators, including Golden Apple Award recipients and finalists, leading a passionate team of devoted staff with technical and program expertise, as well as a connected and committed board of directors charged with overseeing our strategic vision. Visit http://www.goldenapple.org for more information.