Award for Excellence in Teaching

Teaching Tolerance Award for
Excellence in Teaching

Educators must do more than simply prepare students for mandated tests; they must prepare students to live in an increasingly diverse society. Excellent anti-bias educators do this by teaching the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in diverse settings, achieve academically, work collaboratively and stand up against injustice. The 2020 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching will recognize five educators who teach these competencies at a master level, support students to thrive in a diverse democracy and provide leadership outside of the classroom.

The application is now closed and all award applicants will be notified of their status in January.

Award Criteria


Award Schedule

  1. November 1, 2019: Online application opens.
  2. December 8, 2019: Online application closes. Only complete applications will be considered.
  3. February 2020: Teaching Tolerance notifies 10 finalists.
  4. February 2020: Each finalist submits a portfolio that includes:
    • a 100-word biography;
    • one original lesson plan that demonstrates excellence in the award criteria;
    • a 250-word reflection on student work, including examples;
    • a short teacher-created video (3–5 minutes) that demonstrates the candidate’s proficiency in the award criteria.
  5. March 2020: The awards committee reviews finalists’ portfolios and selects five awardees.
  6. Early spring 2020: Awardees and their principals are notified. Teaching Tolerance staff coordinates classroom interviews and filming.
  7. May 2020: Winners are publicly announced. 
  8. October 2020: Winners are honored at a celebration in Montgomery, Alabama.


Meet These Former TT Award Winners






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Welcome to Learning for Justice—Formerly Teaching Tolerance!

Our work has evolved in the last 30 years, from reducing prejudice to tackling systemic injustice. So we’ve chosen a new name that better reflects that evolution: Learning for Justice.

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