The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program is seeking nominations for a new award that will honor educators who excel at teaching students from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Teachers are invited to apply for the award at www.tolerance.org/award. The deadline for applications is June 1.
The Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching has been created to recognize outstanding teachers and promote their practices in the nation’s schools.
Five winners will be selected to receive $1,000 at an awards ceremony in Washington in late 2011. They also will be videotaped in their classrooms to allow educators across the nation to learn from their expertise.
The award was created because teaching practices that are particularly effective for students from diverse backgrounds can be difficult to visualize and implement.
An expert panel of scholars and National Board Certified teachers will pick the winners.