My agency does not have money to spare. Where should the $1,000 come from?
My community already offers a named teacher recognition award. Are we still eligible to participate?
Yes! Communities that award a minimum of $1,000 with eligibility criteria compatible with those of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards, may also submit their local recipient for nomination to the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards. If selected, the nominee will receive the matching $1,000 from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. When the local recipient also is selected for the national Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards, the title of the local award will be shared by the local donor, The Harold Grinspoon Foundation and The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. However, communities with existing teacher recognition awards are encouraged to establish a second educator award under the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards guidelines, by investing in an additional $1,000.
The new printable Awards application is confusing to me. What are the new procedures?
How do I know if my community is participating? What can I do if my community has not been a part of the Awards in the past?
To find out if your community is participating, please call your central agency or, if no central agency exists, your federation. Click here to see a directory of central agencies. Click here to see a directory of federations in each community. Any community that has a central agency for Jewish education or a federation is eligible to participate in the Awards. If your community is not participating, and you have a teacher of excellence you would like to nominate, please work with your central agency or federation to take part in the Awards.
How are teachers nominated for the Awards?
JESNA, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life have emailed out Awards packages to central agencies for Jewish education and federations across North America.
In participating communities, parts A and B of the application are then sent to schools for the principal or administrator and nominated teacher to fill out. Each school may nominate one teacher. The completed application from each school is then sent back to the agency for consideration. A local selection committee will review all submissions and forward the winning application form to JESNA.
How can I choose just one teacher from my many outstanding educators?
The Grinspoon Foundation, Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, JESNA and your local agency understand that it can sometimes be difficult for a principal to single out one teacher of excellence from among a qualified staff. Some schools who participated in the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards have used the following methods to ensure that no teacher feels the selection process was arbitrary:
Form a committee of school administrators and/or board members to help select the teacher. Ask teachers to vote for other teachers in the school who meet the criteria for the Awards.Solicit nominations from parents and students in the school community Consider recognizing multiple educators every year; each one receives something notable (a plaque, cash, public recognition, etc.) but only one will be a recipient of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards.
Have every school in your jurisdiction nominate a teacher and assure them all of an award. Recognize one teacher from each school annually. Then select one of these teachers who meets the local and national criteria to be the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards winner.
The Awards provide meaningful recognition for outstanding Jewish educators in your community, provides an opportunity for continued professional development and an opportunity for local and national Jewish communities to bring Jewish educator recognition and value to the attention of the general Jewish community.
When is the deadline for the Awards?
Your local central agency or federation has determined a deadline for submission of applications.
When will I know if the teacher I nominated won?
A list of Award-winning teachers will be released in early-June to your local agency, the winning teacher and the winning teacher's school.
How do I get more information?
For more information, please call your local central agency for Jewish education. If your community does not have a central agency, please call your local federation. Click here to see a directory of central agencies. Click here to see a directory of federations in each community.
Can I nominate a teacher?
Teachers may be nominated ONLY by their principal or school administrator. Nominations are then submitted to the local central agency for Jewish education or, where no central agency exists, to the local federation.
For general information about the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards, please contact your local central agency for Jewish education. If your community does not have a central agency, please contact your local federation. Click here to see a directory of central agencies. Click here to see a directory of federations in each community.If you are a Central Agency for Jewish Education/Federation Executive and are interested in more information about the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards, please contact:
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New York, NY 10018