Our Awards for Teaching Excellence recognize educators whose professional practice and advocacy for the profession are exemplary. They are shining examples of the millions of educators who work in America’s public schools.


Congratulations to the public school educators who were nominated by their NEA state affiliates for the NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence!

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Nominate an Educator

Each year, we invite all NEA state, federal, and direct affiliates to nominate one outstanding educator for the NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence. All current members of an NEA local affiliate or bargaining unit are eligible, including teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff. These prestigious awards recognize, reward, and promote excellence in both teaching and advocacy for the profession. They also honor public education and the dedicated members of the National Education Association.

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Awards Gala

The NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala is an annual celebration of the men and women who work in America’s public schools and of the unique bonds that educators and students share.

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Awards Resources

Submitting a nomination for The NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence just got easier. Here you will find all the resources you need.  

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