Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence

  • **The 2019-2020 application process has closed. Eligible teachers are encouraged to apply beginning in April 2020. The deadline for applications and recommendation letters is always the last Thursday in June. Performing Arts Teaching Chairs categories of 1) Music and 2) Theater and Performing Arts open in February, with applications and documents due in late March. The remaining 14 categories open in April. ** All Teaching Chair winners are recognized at a luncheon in November. 

    The Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence program recognizes outstanding classroom teachers by conferring upon them the honorary titles of Chairs for Teaching Excellence for one year and a $5,000 honorarium.  Modeled after the university-level Chair program, the Fort Worth ISD program is unique in two respects:  1) its role in a public secondary school setting, and 2) its rigorous selection process.

    Selection Process
    Teachers in the designated subject area submit an extensive application that requires two recommendations. If selected to interview with the selection committee, the candidate must not only answer questions but be filmed giving a 20 minute mini-lesson in their classroom. The selection committee selects the Chair based upon the application, recommendations, interview and video recording of the 20 minute mini-lesson. Read eligibility guidelines here.

    The Honorarium

    The $5,000 honorariums are presented to the Chairs at the awards luncheon at the conclusion of the selection process. Teachers selected as Chairs are encouraged to pursue further education and training and share knowledge and expertise with colleagues.

    2019 - 2020 Chairs for Teaching Excellence

    • Angela D. Paulos Chair for Teaching Excellence in Visual Arts   -   Sponsor: Fort Worth Arts Education Partnership
    • Central Market Chair for Teaching Excellence in Acquisition of Language
    • Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts  -   Sponsor: Performing Arts Fort Worth
    • Blue Zones Project Chair for Teaching Excellence in Health & Physical Education 
    • Broadway at the Bass Chair for Teaching Excellence in Dance and/or Theater  -   Sponsor: Performing Arts Fort Worth
    • Chase Chair for Teaching Excellence in  Secondary English
    • Crescent Real Estate Chair for Teaching Excellence in Career & Technical Education
    • Atmos Energy Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Science
    • Kroger Chair for Teaching Excellence in Special Education    
    • Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Reading
    • Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Math and/or Science
    • Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Middle School STEM
    • Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in High School STEM
    • Sewell Lexus and Infiniti of Fort Worth Chair for Teaching Excellence in Humanities
    • TTI, Inc. Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Mathematics
    • XTO Energy Inc. Chair for Teaching Excellence in Early Childhood Education 

    For more information on how to sponsor a Chair, call 817.814.2977 or send an email to Judy Ramos