Freqently Asked Questions
Anyone may nominate. A current student, former student, parent, teaching colleague, administrator or member of the community may wish to recognize outstanding efforts by putting forward the name of an exceptional teacher. Just fill out the online form to start the process. Self nominations or nominations of family members will not be accepted.Back to Top
Nominations are open to all teachers in Ontario's publicly funded elementary and secondary schools, including public, Catholic, and francophone school boards.Back to Top
Fill out the online nomination form listing relevant information about your teacher choice to support the nomination. Collect your information before you start filling in the form.
You'll need to explain your choice and describe how your nominee meets the criteria. You'll also need two references who will provide their support for the nomination in a letter of support referencing the criteria. Ask your references to email their letter to you, so you can paste them into the online nomination form.
You will also need contact information for your teacher nominee, including school name, school address, and school board.
When you submit the nomination, it will be sent to the Ontario Teachers’ Federation for consideration by a committee and, if successful, a final jury.
Multiple nominations will be considered as one nomination. The earliest received nomination will be used for consideration. Additional supporting letters would be preferred to additional nominations.Back to Top
Anyone may act as a reference. You may choose a colleague who has seen the teacher in the classroom, a parent who knows the teacher, a student who has benefited from outstanding support, a community member who’s seen leadership in action or anyone else who knows the work of the teacher. It is a good idea to get references from a variety of people.Back to Top
A reference is another person who will support your nomination with a letter of reference that uses the award criteria.Back to Top
Nominated teachers receive a Certificate of Nomination, and shortlisted candidates receive a Certificate of Honorable Mention.
Winning teachers are hosted at a fall awards ceremony in Toronto where they are presented with a personal award of $1,000 and a Certificate of Recognition. Their schools are recognized as well with a $1000 prize and a Certificate of Recognition.Back to Top
An awards ceremony honouring the winners is held in Toronto in the early fall.Back to Top
The deadline for nominations is on March 31, at 11:59pm. All online submissions must be completed by this time, and all support materials must be received. The website will stop accepting nominations once the deadline has passed.Back to Top
Nominations are sent electronically to the Ontario Teachers’ Federation. A committee of classroom teachers from OTF’s Affiliates will review the forms and develop a short list of up to 10 candidates per category for consideration by the final jury. The final jury includes representatives of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation, the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan, high level representatives of educational stakeholder groups, as well as general supporters of publicly funded schools in Ontario.Back to Top
The Ontario Teachers’ Federation and the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan are pleased to recognize and celebrate excellence in teaching by sponsoring this awards program. Read more about the sponsors on the About page.Back to Top
Fill out the Nomination form explaining what makes your candidate exceptional, with letters of support from two additional references. Be sure everyone references the Award Criteria.
Additional supporting materials such as testimonial confirmation letters, samples of students' work or the teacher's work can be uploaded online, mailed or faxed.
Please note: All submitted materials become the property of OTF and cannot be returned. All supporting material must be received by the nomination deadline of March 31, 2015 at 11:59pm.Back to Top
Check out the Award Criteria page.
A beginning teacher is in his or her first five years of practice.Back to Top