Herb Kohl

Educational Foundation, Inc

Accept a Nomination

The application and letters of recommendation submission deadline for teachers nominated for the 2021 Herb Kohl Fellowship is Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 5:00:00 p.m. Central Time. 

If you have been nominated for a 2021 award, start your application today! You will need to secure three letters of recommendation before you can submit your application as complete.  You will use the application to invite your recommenders to complete a letter of recommendation form on your behalf.  You will be able to see if they have been invited, have accepted and are drafting a letter, have completed their letter, or declined the invitation.  You will not be able to access the letters themselves.

All three letters of recommendation must be submitted before you can submit your application.  An application packet will not be considered if it has fewer than three letters of recommendation.  No extensions of time past the November 17 deadline will be granted to applicants or recommenders.  Please plan accordingly.  


Nominees will be sent an email notification of their nomination and a link to the online application form.  In order to provide all nominees an equal opportunity, they must follow all instructions in the application form. 

Nominees will be evaluated on the following:
1.  personal educational philosophy
2.  how they work to raise achievement for all students
3.  innovative projects/programs
4.  commitment to their community
5.  unrealized goals for their classroom or professional development
6.  positive aspects they see in education and changes they would like to see made

Each nominee must submit three letters of recommendation; one must come from someone outside the immediate school community who is not currently employed by the diocese/jurisdiction or is a board member.  Letters may come from former students, parents, community members, colleagues in a professional association not directly linked to their school or diocese/jurisdiction, or a university or college professor. All letters should enhance the nominee’s application by illustrating specific examples of the teacher's skills and contributions, knowledge, or attributes emphasized in the application materials.

Each jurisdiction receives an application allotment based on the total student enrollment of the jurisdiction.  Jurisdiction representatives receive this allotment number in September. Applications and letters of recommendation for the 2021 Fellowship must be completed online by November 17, 2020 at 5:00:00 p.m. Central Time.  

Please note that some jurisdictions may have separate rotation schedules in which schools are eligible to participate each year.  If you are unsure if your jurisdiction has its own rotation schedule, please check with your superintendent/WCRIS representative first before completing an application.  Your superintendent/WCRIS representative, with contact information, can be found on the WCRIS website www.wcris.org under “WCRIS Board Members”.