Educators Who Excel at Teaching Diverse Students

Nominations Sought

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance
program is seeking nominations for a new award that will honor educators who excel at teaching students from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. The Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching has been created both to recognize these teachers and to promote their practices in the nation’s schools. Five winners will be selected to receive $1,000 at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., in December. They also will be videotaped in their classrooms to allow educators across the nation to learn from their teaching.
“Quite simply, it’s easier to understand how to do something when you can see it being done by others,” said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello. “This award not only will recognize the talented teachers who are reaching students from diverse backgrounds, it will provide many other teachers with the tools to enhance their expertise.” The award is supported by a generous grant from The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University. The Riley College, the leading provider of quality online education degrees, prepares educators as scholar-practitioners who can inspire and impact their diverse learning communities.
“Our college is committed to increasing educator effectiveness and student achievement, and we are proud to sponsor this award recognizing teachers making an important difference in the lives of their students from diverse backgrounds,” said Dr. Kate Steffens, dean of Walden’s Riley College of Education and Leadership.
An expert panel of scholars and National Board Certified teachers will pick the winners. The SPLC is administering the contest in collaboration with professional organizations, including the National Education Association. The Education Week Teacher channel on is providing media support. The award is part of Teaching Tolerance’s professional development initiative, which aims to help teachers become more effective.
All teachers are eligible to apply and need not make use of teaching resources developed by the SPLC to be eligible for the competition.
Deadline: June 1, 2011