NTOY Fact Sheet
National Teacher of the Year Mission
The mission of the National Teacher of the Year Program (NTOY) is to recognize and honor the contributions of the American classroom teacher—the backbone of our nation’s educational system. The program, a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers, is the oldest and most prestigious awards program to focus public attention on excellence in teaching.
Selection Process for National Teacher of the Year
Each year, chief state school officers from the states, the extra-state jurisdictions, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity are invited to nominate a candidate from their state or jurisdiction. The methods and materials used to select the State Teacher of the Year vary from state to state. Candidates for National Teacher of the Year are expected to be dedicated and highly skilled teachers in any state-approved or accredited school, pre-kindergarten through grade twelve, who are planning to continue in an active teaching status. A National Selection Committee1, comprised of representatives of the major national educational organizations, selects four finalists from the nominations received. The four finalists are invited to Washington, DC, for individual interviews with the committee. The National Selection Committee then selects the National Teacher of the Year.
Sponsorship of NTOY directly aligns with one of the ING Foundation’s areas of focus: Children's Education. ING’s participation with CCSSO and NTOY reflects the foundation’s commitment to empowering teachers throughout the U.S.
At ING U.S., we are committed to making sure America’s kids have the resources they need to be successful. At the heart of our work we know how important it is for students to stay in school and graduate on time prepared to continue their education or enter the 21st century workforce.
Every 26 seconds, a student drops out of school. We cannot afford to lose one out of four young people to the dropout crisis. That is why ING U.S. believes we must do all we can do to empower children, their teachers and administrators.
A high school diploma is an important step in preparing a young person to live an independent, secure and happy life while contributing to America’s economic competitiveness as a part of an educated, innovative workforce. But onequarter of our high school student drop out of school without a diploma — more than one million every year. Dropping out makes it harder for these young people to succeed in life, our economy loses hundreds of billions of dollars in productivity, and our communities suffer enormous social costs.
Through our commitment to education, ING U.S. is mobilizing community organizations, educators, parents, youth and others to all work together to help end the dropout crisis.
1National Selection Committee Participating Organizations
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), American Association of School Administrators (AASA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC), National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), National Congress of Parents and Teachers (PTA), National Education Association (NEA), National Middle School Association (NMSA), National School Boards Association (NSBA), National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA)