Professional Development

Armstrong Teacher Educator Award

We bring Indiana’s best educators to Bloomington to work with future teachers. Through the Armstrong Teacher Educator Award, we provide financial support for top Indiana educators to work with current IU faculty and undergraduates in the classroom, on research projects, and in early field experiences.

The Armstrong Teacher Educator Award is more than a “teacher of the year” award. In addition to recognizing educator excellence, the award provides funding so that winning teachers can pursue their own professional development projects in Bloomington or at their home schools.

Since 1997, this award has been funded through the generosity of the Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Fund and the Cook Group companies.

Updated information regarding the award and application process, including 2017 deadlines, will be posted by early November 2016.

Meet the 2016-2017 Armstrong Cohort:

2016-2017 Armstrong Recipients

(From left to right): Linda Golston, Kara Parker, Eric Park, Scott Hill, Jean Russell, Stacy Blosser, Andrew Hodson, Melony Boyd

Read more about this year's Armstrong Teachers

Responsibilities of Armstrong Teacher Educators

We ask Armstrong Teacher Educators to take an active role in shaping the next generation of teachers. For some winners, that means traveling to Bloomington to conduct workshops on career development or taking part in panel discussions of current issues in education. For others, it means partnering with IU faculty on independent research. Some Armstrong scholars have been able to invite IU students to their home schools for classroom observation and student teaching experiences.

See examples of recent Armstrong Teacher Educator activities »

All Armstrong Teacher Educators will attend the annual Celebration of Teaching Event in Bloomington each April, take part in at least three student engagements per semester (either in Bloomington, via distance learning technology, or by mentoring IU students in their local area) and participate in a two-day annual retreat at the start and conclusion of their term. Winners are also expected to submit a brief final report describing their work as an Armstrong Teacher Educator.

Meet some previous Armstrong Teachers »

The Benefits of Becoming an Armstrong Teacher Educator

Armstrong Teacher Educators receive reimbursement for travel and lodging expenses when visiting the Bloomington campus, funding to pay for a substitute teacher while they’re away from the classroom, and free tuition for up to 12 credit hours of graduate study if they choose to enroll at Indiana University Bloomington during their active year as an Armstrong Teacher Educator.

Participants receive up to $1,000 to attend the professional conference of their choice, and, at the conclusion of the program, are awarded a $1,000 honorarium for their service.

How to Nominate a Teacher

Updated information regarding the award and application process, including 2017 deadlines, will be posted by early November 2016.

Armstrong Teacher Educators must be nominated by their district superintendent and school principal. Nomination packets are sent to every Indiana school and school district in November of each year. We especially encourage nominations of persons of color, applicants with disabilities, and members of other under-represented groups. Click below to see the complete nomination requirements, expectations, and find out how to apply.

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If you have questions about the Armstrong Teacher Educator Award, please contact the program administrators.