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Teaching Video & References
Submit your application.
To get started, complete the online application, including basic background information and responses to four short essay questions that help us get to know your students and your classroom. Before you begin, we strongly recommend that you read the collections of essays from previous Fishman Prize winners.
Submit a videotaped teaching sample and reference form.
Selected applicants will be asked to submit a teaching video, student work samples, and a reference form from either their current principal or another school leader who can offer perspective on their success in the classroom. Guidelines on how to create and upload the videos will be provided.
Participate as a Semi-Finalist in an unannounced classroom visit by TNTP.
Selected applicants will be asked to allow a TNTP staff member to conduct an in-person visit to their classroom for a single observation within a 2- to 3-week period.
TNTP will arrange in-person classroom observations that will take place in March and April 2017.
Attend an in-person interview for Finalists.
A small group of finalists will be invited to an in-person interview event with a panel of judges. The interviews will take place in New York City. TNTP will cover travel costs and associated expenses. The judges will select up to four winners.
This event will take place in May 2017. Winners are announced a few weeks after in-person interviews.
To be eligible for the Fishman Prize, an applicant must:
- Be a current, full-time PK-12 classroom teacher. The teacher, sometimes known as the "teacher of record," is responsible for providing instruction regularly over the course of the current school year, evaluating student performance, and assigning grades and ratings. Eligible teachers may hold other roles simultaneously, as mentors or school administrators, for example.
- Teach at a public school (including public charter schools, BIE-operated schools, and tribal schools).
- Teach at a school where at least 40 percent of all students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
In addition to meeting the above eligibility requirements, successful candidates must demonstrate:
- An extraordinary ability to lead students from all backgrounds to academic excellence in caring classroom communities.
- A keen understanding of academic content and effective instructional practice and an ability to articulate it clearly.
- A passion for teaching and a deep commitment to advancing the teaching profession.
Applicants do not need to be nominated to be eligible to apply.