Completed applications must be submitted to each applicant's school principal no later than November 4, 2016.
Each public school district may nominate at least four teachers, one for each of the four categories: elementary, middle/junior high, high school, and special services. Special services includes those teachers who serve the district in a Pre K - 12 capacity other than that provided by a regular classroom teacher. Nominees in this category must have daily face-to-face contact with students. Some examples of teachers in special services are: special education teachers, gifted and talented teachers (or other exceptional needs), reading resource teachers, speech therapists, guidance counselors, and instructional media personnel.
Those districts having an enrollment between 2,000 and 9,999 students may nominate an additional teacher in each of the four categories (a total of two in each category). Districts with an enrollment of 10,000 or more students may nominate two additional teachers in each category (a total of three in each category).
Each school district will assemble a selection committee to review teacher applicants. The committee should be representative of students, parents, civic and business leaders, teachers, school boards, administrators, and the local newspaper.
The local selection committee will forward the applications of its chosen nominees to the regional selection committee, which is coordinated in each of the state's 12 cooperative educational service agencies (CESAs). The CESA regional committees must receive the applications no later than November 23, 2016.
Each CESA selection committee should be representative of teachers, principals, parents, district administrators, school boards, local newspaper professionals, and business and civic leaders within the CESA. By December 9, 2016, the CESAs will advance their regional nominees to the state level.
The state selection committee will consist of representatives from the CESAs, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools, Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, the community, and education-related associations. The committee will convene on January 31-February 1, 2017 to score applications. The results will be tabulated following the state selection committee meeting, and applicants will be contacted in early March, 2017.
Applicants chosen to receive Fellowships will be invited to attend a recognition luncheon in the spring. Fellows and their schools will receive their grants in late June, 2017.
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841