On Wednesday, November 19, 2014 a reception was held in honor of the more than 500 6th - 12th grade teachers nominated for the prestigious 2015 Golden Apple Award. District Superintendents and building principals joined Golden Apple Foundation Board Members, Sponsors, and School Board members in congratulating the nominees at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Rockford.
The nomination is the first stage of a search for teachers who represent excellence in middle school and high school teaching in Winnebago and Boone Counties. The next step is for teachers to respond to their nomination with a self reflective essay and letters of recommendation. Nominees must have five years of teaching experience and be currently teaching full time in a 6-12th grade classroom. A selection committee will complete a review of the teacher’s professional portfolios and 20 teachers will be chosen to continue in the process of classroom observations and interviews, which are conducted by trained community volunteers.
Five teachers will be selected to receive the Golden Apple Award and will be honored at the 19th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet at the Radisson Hotel on May 1, 2015. Each of the Golden Apple Teachers will receive a cash award, a professional development stipend, a Rockford University Scholarship, a laptop computer with software from Entré Computer Solutions, a classroom computer from Rockford Computers for Schools, and will be inducted into the Golden Apple Teacher Academy.
Golden Apple Foundation is a volunteer driven organization thatinspires, celebrates and supports educational excellence in our community. The Teacher Recognition Program is designed to reward excellence in the classroom and to also use the strengths of the honored teachers through the Golden Apple Teacher Academy. Academy members mentor new teachers and work together to increase public awareness of educational excellence in our schools, promote the profession of education and provide a positive educational outreach to the community.