Big Apple Awards 2018

Big Apple Awards 2018

Nominations are now open for the Big Apple Awards through the NYC Department of Education. 

This year you can recognize and nominate outstanding:

  • Teachers who:
    • Inspire students
    • Model great teaching
    • Enrich their school communities
  • College and career counselors who:
    • Have made significant strides in advancing postsecondary readiness
    • Provided exemplary college and career supports and services at their school
    • Demonstrated success on critical postsecondary metrics

Applications will be reviewed on competencies listed below:

  • Impact on student college and career learning
  • College and career counseling practices
  • Contributions to school and postsecondary community

How can I help teachers in my community get nominated?

Anyone can nominate teachers themselves through this website. You can also spread the word by posting a link to this page on social media — be sure to use #ThankATeacherNYC. Nominations open each fall and are announced through the Department of Education’s Facebook(Open external link) and Twitter(Open external link) accounts. The nomination period lasts approximately two months.

What does it mean to be a Big Apple Award winner?

Recipients receive surprise classroom visits from the Chancellor, Deputy Chancellors, and other members of the NYC education community, notifying them of their award. This allows us to honor and celebrate these exceptional teachers with their students and colleagues.

That next year, they serve as Big Apple Fellows, in addition to continuing their amazing work in the classroom, they serve on the Chancellor’s Teacher Advisory Group. They meet monthly to develop their leadership skills and expertise in education.


For more information, and to nominate a teacher or college and career counselor, please visit the NYC Department of Education’s page here:


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