How to Apply

How to Apply


Candidates must be K-12 Indiana school teachers with at least five years of experience. While we hope to select educators from a mix of grade levels, subjects, and geographical locations, we permit multiple nominations from the same district.

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. When they have identified one or more teachers to nominate, superintendents write a brief nomination statement for each teacher to include in their application.

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

  • Personal statement
    A significant portion of your role as an Armstrong Teacher Educator will be presenting to IU students, so we ask that you provide a videorecording of yourself giving your personal statement (five minutes maximum).

    Please communicate 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?

Please note: The technical quality of the video does not matter (e.g., a hand-held phone video with multiple choppy segments is perfectly acceptable).

  • Current resume of the teacher

  • Brief nomination statement 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. 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. We will make every effort to notify all applicants of our selections by early March.

Award recipients are expected to attend the Celebration of Teaching ceremony in Bloomington in April, and then return to campus during the Fall to participate in two Armstrong Teacher Educator discussion panels attended by IU students. The program pays for all travel and lodging expenses for all events, as well as costs to hire substitutes for teachers’ classrooms while they are in Bloomington. Following the second fall 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 from principals and colleagues 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, Adam Maltese, at or (812) 856-8059.

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