ND Teacher of the Year Process

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Phase I: 178 school district nominate a candidate(s) for State Teacher of the Year.

In an effort to bring recognition to the teaching profession, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is changing its practice in selecting the North Dakota Teacher of the Year. In changing this practice, NDDPI is asking every school district in North Dakota to nominate at least one outstanding teacher as a candidate for State Teacher of the Year (STOY).
 A student, co-worker, administrator, school or district committee, friend or family member can nominate a teacher.The end date to nominate a teacher is May 11, 2018
Phase I:
178 local school districts nominate a candidate(s) for Teacher of the Year & submit
form to NDDPI.

Phase II:
Selection of potentially 53 County Teachers of the Year, one per county.
Phase III:
County Teachers vie for Regional Teacher of the Year, 8 Regional Teachers of the Year are named
Phase IV:
8 Regional Teachers of the Year compete-Four Finalists named for ND State Teacher of the Year in August.
Phase V:
One North Dakota State Teacher of the Year named by end of September 30.
Phase II: The district’s teacher nominee will then compete for their respected county as County Teacher of the Year. The recipient as County Teacher of the Year will have information sent to local media agencies. All potential, fifty-three County Teacher of the Year recipients are asked to complete an application. (Late Spring of 2018)

Phase III: Based on their applications, the field of fifty-three applicants will narrow down to Eight Regional Teacher of the Year semi-finalists. (Summer of 2018)

Phase IV: A state selection committee, as described in North Dakota Century Code, will name four finalists to be interviewed for North Dakota Teacher of the Year. (August 2018)

Phase V: A North Dakota State Teacher of the Year is named no later than (September 30, 2018)


To be eligible for a candidate for the North Dakota Teacher of the Year recognition, a person must:
  • Possess a current teaching certificate licensed by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board
  • Be employed in any North Dakota state-approved or accredited school, pre-kindergarten through grade twelve and plan to continue in an active teaching status
  • Is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence;
  • Collaborates with colleagues, students and families to create a school culture of respect and success;
  • Deliberately connects the classroom and keys stakeholders to foster a strong community at large;
  • Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning; and
  • Expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way.
To nominate a candidate, please complete the nomination form, follow the steps, then click submit.