Through the Honored Schools online platform, students (and parents on behalf of younger students) within each participating school community are encouraged to recognize teachers by telling a story of how the teacher made a difference in their life. Every teacher who is recognized will receive their student’s story and will be publicly recognized at their school and on the Honored Schools website. Also, each recognition story serves as a nomination for the annual Honored Schools Life-Changing Teacher Award.
Honored Schools launched its pilot program in January 2020 with seven public schools and one public charter school in the Washington, DC metro area:
- In June 2020, Honored Schools will name its first Life-Changing Teacher Award recipient from these select schools.
- In the 2020-2021 school year, Honored Schools will expand to serve more schools.
At the end of each school year, one teacher from each of the five Honored Schools regions of the U.S. will receive the prestigious Honored Schools Life-Changing Teacher Award, which includes $5,000 and national recognition. Award recipients will be selected from each region’s pool of submissions by Honored’s national panel of teachers and students, in consultation with Honored Schools principals. The selection criteria focuses on the important impact — personal, academic, and/or inspirational — the teacher has made on their students’ lives.