Global Teacher Prize one million dollar award- nominate your teacher

The Global TeacherPrize is a one million dollar award that will be given to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.

The Varkey GEMS Foundation established the prize to raise the stature of the teaching profession, so that children will dream of becoming the greatest teacher in the world.

We seek to celebrate the best teachers — those who inspire their students and community around them. The Foundation believes that vibrant education awakens and supports the full potential of young people. The status of teachers in our cultures is key to our global future.

The award — the equivalent of a ‘Nobel Prize’ — operates under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai. The prize underlines the importance of the teaching profession and symbolises the fact that teachers throughout the world deserve to be recognised and celebrated.

The winner will be chosen by the prominent Global #TeacherPrize Academy made up of head-teachers, educational experts, commentators, journalists, public officials, tech entrepreneurs, company directors and scientists from around the world.

The closing date for applications will be 31 August 2014, and the winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum 2015 in Dubai next spring.

You can nominate your teacher or Nominate Yourself 

Applicants of the prestigious Global #TeacherPrize will be judged based on a rigorous set of criteria aimed to identify an extraordinary teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.

The Academy will look for evidence of:

  • Having encouraged others to join the teaching profession
  • Improving access to a quality education for children of all backgrounds.
  • Having developed and shared innovative thought leadership that has improved access to quality teaching.
  • Accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide unique and distinguished models of excellence for the teaching profession.
  • Recognition of a teacher’s achievements in the classroom and beyond from pupils, colleagues, head-teachers or members of the wider community.
  • Having prepared children to be global citizens in a world where they will encounter people from many different religions, cultures and nationalities.
  • Having employed innovative and effective instructional practices and achieving demonstrable student learning outcomes in the classroom.
  • Having contributed to public debates on raising the bar of the teaching profession, whether through writing articles, blogs, media participation, social media campaigns, events or conferences. 

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