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Applications Now Being Accepted for 2017 Chairs for Teaching Excellence

Fort Worth, Texas – Applications are now being accepted for Fort Worth ISD’s 2017 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence. This program recognizes outstanding classroom teachers in FWISD. Recipients are awarded the title of Chair for Teaching Excellence and a $5,000 honorarium.

The Chairs for Teaching Excellence program was established in the FWISD in 1994. It is modeled after the university-level chair program and is designed to recognize and reward exemplary teachers. This program is unique because of its role in a public school setting and for its rigorous selection process.

Teachers may self-nominate or they may be nominated by principals, colleagues, or parents. Each nominee must complete an application and collect written recommendations. If selected for further consideration, the teacher will be interviewed and must agree to be recorded, teaching a lesson to students. There are separate selection committees for each Chair.

Selectees are honored at an awards luncheon to be held in November, 2017, at a location to be announced. Teachers selected as Chairs are encouraged to pursue further education and training and share knowledge and expertise with colleagues.

Many more teachers apply for this honor than are selected. Since its inception, generous sponsors have awarded more than $1,000,000 to teachers.

Applications may be submitted electronically and can be found on the Partnerships  homepage or click  here.  The deadline is close of business, June 29, 2017. Mailed applications must be postmarked by midnight, June 28, 2017.

Anyone interested in learning more about the eligibility criteria for Chairs for Teaching Excellence or how to support the teachers of Fort Worth ISD may contact  



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