Nomination & Selection Process
Nominations will only be accepted using the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation online nomination form on this website. Nominations for the 2018 teacher Fellowship closed on October 6, 2017. The nomination window for 2019 awards will open on October 9, 2017.
To be eligible to compete for a fellowship, teachers must be nominated by students, parents, other teachers, community members, or administrators. Because the program's purpose is to recognize the contributions of Wisconsin classroom teachers, staff members whose assignments are administrative or supervisory are not eligible. All PreK-12 classroom teachers who plan to continue teaching in their current capacity for a minimum of 50% full time equivalency during the 2017-18 school year are eligible. Pre-school teachers must teach in a Pre-K program that is affiliated with an elementary school. Previous fellowship recipients are ineligible, however previous fellowship nominees who did not receive a fellowship may re-apply if nominate.
Once nominated, a teacher will receive an email notification of his or her nomination, and a link to begin the application process. The deadline for submitting a completed application is December 1, 2017.
Each diocese/jurisdiction will assemble a selection committee to review their own teachers' applications. Committee representation should include students, parents, teachers, administrators, school board members, civic and business leaders, and local newspaper people. Local nominees' applications are forwarded to the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools office by December 15, 2017.
Successful applicants' materials will be forwarded to a State Selection Committee. Representatives of the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, Cooperative Education Service Agencies, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools, Wisconsin Newspaper Association, and state education-related associations serve on the State Selection Committee. The committee will choose fellowship recipients in late January, 2018, and applicants will be notified of their selection in early March, 2018. Fellowship recipients will be honored and receive certificates representing their awards at a special luncheon held in the spring of 2018.