(From the NAIS website)
Each year NAIS selects a group of teachers to be NAIS Teachers of the Future. These individuals exemplify creativity and innovation in the classroom. They inspire academic excellence in students and are respected leaders among their peers. They effectively weave environmental sustainability, globalism, equity and justice and/or use of technology into their classroom teaching.
Through the NAIS Teacher of the Future program, these teachers are given a chance to distinguish themselves as teacher-leaders and to share their work with the broader independent school community. Each Teacher of the Future will:
- lead an NAIS online educational discussion forum throughout the 2013-14 school year.
- create and post a demonstration teaching unit video (three to 10 minutes in length) on NAIS's online community and on NAIS iTunes U.
- attend a two-day summer event in Washington, DC from July 29 to August 1, 2013. (Onsite expenses paid by NAIS and transportation will be reimbursed for up to $500. More details will be announced after selected teachers agree to participate in the ToF program.)
- serve in an advisory capacity for current and future professional development initiatives for independent school teachers and students.
This program and the development of online education communities are part of NAIS’s goals to provide valuable networking opportunities and to enhance the excellent education provided at independent schools. The teachers can advance independent school education by spurring discussion and idea-sharing about innovation in teaching and learning.
From September through June of each year, the Teachers of the Future seed and moderating online discussions and upload his or her demonstration teaching unit video (three to 10 minutes in length).
We are currently accepting nominations for the Teachers of the Future program. Submit your nominations by May 20, 2013.
Teachers can nominate themselves and/or any other teachers from their schools or other schools. More than one teacher can be nominated from each school but this year, we will only select one teacher from a total of as many as 25 schools.
Nominees must work at NAIS member schools. They should exemplify excellence in independent school teaching; they should be individuals who inspire academic excellence in students in the classroom and who serve as opinion leaders among their colleagues and peers.
To align with NAIS’s vision for sustainable schools, we look in particular for nominees who have demonstrated excellence in environmentalism, globalism, equity and justice, and/or use of technology. These teachers of the future may show excellence in teaching students to be good stewards of the environment; and/or they may embrace a wide view of education that prepares students to succeed in a globally interconnected future; and/or they may have successfully created inclusive environments inside and outside of the classroom; and/or they may have modeled best practices in the use of technology.