What is the timeline for the application process?
Please see How to Apply to view this year’s application process timeline.
How much time should I spend on the application?
While the amount of time it takes to finish the application varies from person to person, we recommend that you give yourself a few days to thoroughly read and respond to all portions of the application. Giving yourself as much time as possible to work through the application will help to ensure that you’ve answered all questions thoughtfully and to the best of your ability.
How many winners will be selected?
The Fishman Prize will be awarded to a maximum of five winners each year.
Who determines the winners?
TNTP staff reviews applications and selects the finalists. A panel of judges determines the winners. In 2013, the panel included:
- Shira Fishman, DC Public Schools teacher
- Tim Daly, TNTP President
- Karolyn Belcher, TNTP Executive Vice President for New Teacher Effectiveness
Am I eligible if I don’t work in a Title I school?
Yes, although eligible applicants are required to work in schools with at least 40% of students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Price Lunch, which generally excludes non-Title I schools.
Are private school teachers eligible?
No, the Fishman Prize recognizes public school teachers, specifically.
If I applied last year, am I allowed to reapply?
Absolutely, as long as you haven’t won previously. We believe that great teachers are constantly honing and improving their classroom practice, so an applicant who did not win in previous years may be ready to try again this year.
If I applied last year, how do I reapply?
Visit our online application system and sign in with the same account you used to apply previously. Instructions are provided if you have forgotten your username or password. The current application will appear in the Application tab of your Dashboard when the application period opens. You will not be able to submit anything from your previous applications and will need to completely fill out a new application.
When can I find out who the winners are?
Winners are typically selected in the spring, and announced in April or May.
Are there restrictions on how the monetary award can be used?
No. Use of the monetary award is solely at the winners’ discretion.
Do the finalists receive anything?
Yes. Finalists who do not win the Fishman Prize will receive $1,000 each and national recognition.
How will the Fishman Prize paper topic be decided?
The paper topic will be decided by the Fishman Prize winners at the beginning of the summer residency, with guidance from TNTP staff.
How will the Fishman Prize paper be used?
The paper allows Fishman Prize winners to share their expertise with the TNTP community and educators across the country, with each paper contributing over time to a robust knowledge base on effective instructional practice. TNTP will make the paper freely available to the public, distribute it to educators nationwide, and use it to enhance its own knowledge and teacher training programs. Click here to read the 2013 and 2012 essays.
Read Going Deep, essays by the 2013 winners.
Meet the Winners
Our 2013 winners' commitment to teaching leads to high-achieving students and thriving classrooms.
The Fishman Prize was created to honor outstanding teachers working in high-poverty public schools. Learn more.