As you know, we launched our second annual Big Apple Awards: Recognizing Teacher Excellence in New York City to recognize outstanding educators in our schools. We are thrilled to share that we have received close to 2,000 nominations from more than 650 schools! Equally exciting, almost 60% of the nominations have come from students and families!

Thank you so much for all of the work you have done so far in your school community to help us recognize great teachers.  Our goal, of course, is to have a nomination from every school. We would especially like to increase the number of nominations in underrepresented districts. (Click here to view nominations by district.)

As community leaders, we hope you can help us spread the word and encourage others in your district to nominate the outstanding teachers that they know. (Click here to print a multilingual flyer.) Anyone can submit a nomination: students, families, teachers, administrators, and community members. Nominations are due by next Friday, January 17th.

If you have any questions about this award or should you want more information about nominations within your district, please write to

Thanks again for your support and we look forward to working with you to engage our communities in recognizing our outstanding educators!


 The Big Apple Awards Team & The Division of Family and Community Engagement