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Graduate Leading Teacher Award

Duquesne University Leading Teacher Program Excellence Award

The Leading Teacher Program Excellence Award is given to a graduate student whose performance demonstrates excellence in one of the three Themes of the Leading Teacher Program: Leadership, Diversity and Technology and is framed in the Spiritan Tradition of Caring.

Leadership: A leading teacher is a life-long learner inspiring a community of learners to pursue continuous improvement and growth who will serve as a practitioner guided by an ethical and moral framework.

Diversity: A leading teacher is an advocate, creating learning experiences that demonstrate sensitivity, acknowledging students of all abilities and valuing human differences.

Technology: A leading teacher is an architect building learning environments that acknowledge and incorporate the power of technology.

Criteria for Eligibility:
1. Graduate students in the Leading Teacher Program (PreK-4th, Middle Grades 4-8th, Secondary Education, Special Education, English as a Second Language)
2. Successfully completed student teaching within the academic year (2016-2017)
3. Minimum 3.5 quality point average

Application Requirements:
1. Current resume
2. Essay and artifacts (see instructions below)
3. Two letters of recommendation (one from LTP faculty member, one from Student Teaching Cooperating Teacher or University Supervisor (we will create a form for recommenders to complete)
4. Current transcript/DORI record of courses to confirm QPA

Instructions for Essay:

1. Describe how your accomplishments in coursework, field experiences, student teaching, extracurricular activities and community involvement relate to and exemplify one of the three Themes of the Leading Teacher Program and the Spiritan Tradition of Caring at Duquesne University. Provide specific descriptions and evidence of distinguished performance framed in the Spiritan Tradition of Caring in at least one LTP Theme area (e.g., artifacts demonstrating impact on student learning, impact on university, P-12 schools, or community-based efforts)

Application Materials Due: April 14, 2017
Award: Engraved Plaque with Certificate & Pin
Award Announced:
• University Awards Ceremony 
• School of Education Diploma Ceremony 

Duquesne University Leading Teacher Program Excellence Award

Recommendation Guidelines

The Leading Teacher Program Excellence Award is given to a graduate student whose performance demonstrates excellence in one of the three Themes of the Leading Teacher Program, Leadership, Diversity and Technology and is framed in the Spiritan Tradition of Caring.

Leadership: A leading teacher is a life long learner inspiring a community of learners to pursue continuous improvement and growth who will serve as a practitioner guided by an ethical and moral framework.

Diversity: A leading teacher is an advocate, creating learning experiences that demonstrate sensitivity, acknowledging students of all abilities and valuing human differences.

Technology: A leading teacher is an architect building learning environments that acknowledge and incorporate the power of technology.

Please complete your recommendation with these themes in mind. If possible, provide specific examples of the student's accomplishments in each of these themes.

To the recommender: In your letter of recommendation, please include any information in the above theme areas that pertain to the student in addition to any information that you want to share with the awards committee concerning this student.