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Nominate a Teacher

If you are a Northwestern University senior and would like to nominate a teacher with whom you took a course in high school for the Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award (DSTA), please visit teachernomination.northwestern.edu

The priority deadline for nominations for the Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award is December 14, 2020 at 11:59pm CST. Award recipients will be announced in April 2021. Student nominators of the award winning teachers will also be recognized during Commencement events.

Five teachers are selected, based on a process in which graduating seniors nominate teachers who have had transforming impact on students. Each teacher honored will receive an award of $5,000. Additionally, each winning teacher's high school will also receive an award of $5,000.

Please e-mail DSTAwards@northwestern.edu with any questions about the Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award.

Nomination criteria

  • Teacher must be currently working to advance the field of education in a 9-12th grade classroom (or the international equivalent) at the time of nomination.
  • Student nominator must be a current Northwestern senior graduating in either Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021.
  • Both domestic (U.S.) and international (non-U.S.) teachers are eligible to receive this award.