Award Programs



Teacher and Principal of the Year Programs

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CALLING ALL EXCELLENT TEACHERS AND LEADERS – STATE APPLICATIONS DUE BY JANUARY 23, 2019

The Louisiana Department of Education recognizes that great teachers and school leaders are critical to student success. Annually, the Department, in partnership with Dream Teachers and the Louisiana Association of Principals, recognizes and celebrates some of the state’s most exceptional educators through the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs. These programs provide an opportunity to acknowledge those teachers and leaders who are making exceptional gains with students. Their commitment to student success exemplifies Louisiana’s vision for teaching and leading in the education profession.

All school systems are encouraged to select up to three teachers and three principals, one per division (elementary, middle, and high) as their local-level honorees and should submit them to the state-level process. Information regarding the local-level honorees should be entered in the Coordinator’s online portal by January 23, 2019. 

State-level applications are due by January 23, 2019 and must be submitted via the Teacher/Principal of the Year online application portal.






Students of the Year Awards Program

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The Department of Education recognizes that many outstanding students are enrolled in public, private, or charter schools throughout the state of Louisiana. To acknowledge these accomplishments, the Department, in conjunction with the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, annually honors one incredible fifth, eighth, and twelfth grade student based on their leadership, academic performance, achievements, citizenship, and service to the school and community.

Students are selected by their school and submitted to the local education agency/diocese level; these nominees are then forwarded to a Regional Selection Committee. The resulting eighteen finalists then compete at the state level. The winner of the three grade levels are announced on the evening of the final day of competition.

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US Senate Youth Program

Two Louisiana juniors or seniors will be chosen to attend the U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D. C. and will also receive a $10,000 education scholarship. Student nominees, chosen by their schools, must submit an application and a portfolio of required information to the Louisiana Department of Education by October 5, 2018. Please read the National Brochure and Louisiana Logistics Memo for more information including eligibility requirements and the application process. Finalists will be notified by the end of October and delegates will be announced by the Hearst Foundation in mid-December.

Sponsored by the Hearst Foundations.