- McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence
The McGlothlin Foundation announces the 17th annual McGlothlin Awards Call for Entries
Two of the Blue Ridge region’s best teachers will be selected as winners for the 2016 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence. The two winners, who will be awarded $25,000 each, will be announced April 7, 2016 at a ceremony conducted by the McGlothlin Foundation, Blue Ridge PBS and Radford University’s College of Education and Human Development.
“Blue Ridge PBS is proud to honor teachers with the McGlothlin Awards, one of the largest teaching awards in the nation,” said William Anderson, Executive VP for the station, “We have unsung heroes right here in our region’s classrooms. The McGlothlin Awards celebrate their work, their excellence and innovation in teaching.”
Blue Ridge PBS administers the months-long candidate application and judging process for the McGlothlin Awards, now in its 17th year. The awards are given annually by the McGlothlin Foundation of Bristol, Va. Only teachers in selected portions of Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky are eligible. Two winning teachers, one from grades K-5 and one from grades 6-12, must use $10,000 of the $25,000 award for international travel, and then apply that experience to enrich their teaching.
Deadline for Round One is 5:00 p.m., October 22, 2015. Classroom teachers may be nominated or may nominate themselves. In the first round, judges look at the teachers’ resume, references and personal teaching philosophy. If selected for the second round, the teachers must submit an original, standards-based lesson plan and 20 minute video of themselves teaching that lesson. As the final step, the judges observe the finalists’ classroom and conduct interviews with the finalists and their spokespersons. Criteria include classroom instruction, classroom management, interaction with students, and use of instructional technology such as computers, video, or digital cameras.
“The judges are challenged to finalize their selections,” said Adele Morris, Director for this year’s McGlothlin Awards, retired technology director for Craig County Public Schools and past McGlothlin Awards judge.
"The McGlothlin Foundation's goal is for the awards to inspire recipients, their students, their peers, and indeed, their entire school. It is our intent to find the best teachers in today's classrooms around our region. We want to recognize their fine work, reward them for it, and by so doing inspire others to the high qualities they exemplify. Certainly, this award will recognize in a rather significant way what we consider one of the most important professions-and one with so many unsung heroes." Tom McGlothlin
Special thanks go to Tom McGlothlin and the McGlothlin Foundation for making this important recognition of teaching excellence possible. The McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence are administered by Blue Ridge PBS.