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Frequently Asked Questions

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When will the Fishman Prize application open?

TNTP has been proud to offer the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice to extraordinary public school teachers every year for six years. As we look ahead to the future, we plan to continue to offer the Prize every other year to gain additional time to innovate on the award and cultivate relationships with our ever-growing body of past winners and finalists. Please keep an eye out for an update on the Fishman Prize’s return in the fall of 2018, and thank you to all who do the hard work of educating our students every day.

What is the timeline for the application process?

Please see How to Apply to view the 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 four winners each year.

Who determines the winners?

TNTP staff review applications and select the finalists. A panel of judges, including Shira Fishman Printup and other previous Fishman Prize recipients, determine the winners.

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 percent 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 winner's 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 essays.

I received an email saying I've won the Fishman Prize that asks for my personal information. Is this email legitimate?

Recently, the Fishman Prize has been used in phishing attempts that are not sent by TNTP or anyone representing TNTP. We will only send official Fishman Prize correspondence from or If you are ever unsure of an email's authenticity, feel free to reach out via the contact form or forward the email to and someone will verify if the email is from TNTP.