How to Apply

How to Apply

The deadline for 2018-2019 applications has passed. Please check back in the fall if you wish to nominate someone for the 2019-2020 cohort.


Candidates must be K-12 Indiana school teachers with at least five years of experience. One nomination is allowed per private school or per school corporation with 10,000 or fewer students. Larger corporations with more than 10,000 students may nominate two individuals. We especially encourage nominations of persons of color, applicants with disabilities, and members of other under-represented groups.

Application Process

Teachers must first be nominated by their district superintendent in consultation with their building principal (one nomination per district). When they have identified a teacher to nominate, superintendents write a nomination letter which the teacher will include in his/her application.

Teacher's Application

The nominated teacher then completes the Armstrong Teacher Educator Award Application and attaches to it the following PDF documents:

  • Personal statement (500 word limit) that communicates the following:

    • what describes you best as a teacher?

    • what should we know about your teaching—methods? philosophy? innovations?

    • how do you contribute to your broader school community?

    • how do you want to grow and learn as a professional moving forward?

  • Current resume of the teacher

  • Letter of nomination from the teacher’s superintendent

  • Letter of recommendation from the teacher’s building principal

  • Letter of recommendation from a teaching colleague


Selection Process and Program Expectations

Approximately ten teachers will be selected for the 2019-2020 year. Efforts are made to honor educators from a mix of grade levels and subjects as well as geographical locations. The primary criteria for selection are excellence as a classroom teacher and potential for sharing professional experience with IU teacher education students. Decisions will be announced to all applicants by early March 2019.

Award recipients are expected to attend the Celebration of Teaching ceremony in Bloomington in April 2019, and then return to campus during September 2019 to participate in an Armstrong Teacher Educator discussion panel attended by IU students. The program pays for all travel and lodging expenses for both events, as well as costs to hire substitutes for teachers’ classrooms while they are in Bloomington. Following the September panel, participants will also receive a $500 honorarium.

Armstrong Teacher-in-Residence: Option to Express Interest and Availability

A small subset of Armstrong recipients will also be selected to serve as Teachers-in-Residence, who will make monthly trips to Bloomington to work with IU classes and students in ongoing collaboration with specific IU faculty. Teachers-in-Residence will also attend a two-day summer workshop on the Bloomington campus to orient them to the teacher education program and to begin collaboration with IU faculty in preparation for their role during the school year.

In recognition of this more intensive commitment, Teachers-in-Residence will receive a $2,500 honorarium (in addition to the standard $500 award for all Armstrong Teacher Educators), a $1000 professional development stipend, and up to six credit hours of free tuition for graduate study at IUB during their award year. All travel, lodging, and substitute teacher costs will be covered during their monthly visits to campus.

There is a special section on the application form for nominees to indicate their interest in this expanded role.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for the role of Teacher-in-Residence, the building principal’s recommendation letter must include the following statement:

“I would also support this teacher being named an Armstrong Teacher-in-Residence and will authorize our nominee to be absent from school for three days each month, September through April, to travel to Bloomington and work with IU students and classes.”

Preparing a Strong Application

Every teacher deserves praise, but recommendations should be specific and list examples. If you have acronyms that are unique to your background or school, please spell them out for us and explain them.

When appropriate, applicants are welcome to send copies of additional documents or links to work of which they are particularly proud.

Contact Us

Questions regarding the nomination process or the Armstrong Teacher Educator Award should be directed to the Armstrong Program Chair, Rob Kunzman, at or (812) 856-8122.