Teacher of the Year

Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education 2017 NIE Teacher of the Year

ARE YOU a K-12 educator in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco or Pinellas county?

DO YOU use the Tampa Bay Times in your classroom in an innovative, meaningful manner?

The 2017 NIE Teacher of the Year Award will recognize educators who:

  • Use the Tampa Bay Times to enhance student learning and the learning environment
  • Employ innovative newspaper-based lessons, strategies or projects to develop students’ literacy skills
  • Integrate the close reading of news into classroom instruction

The winning educator will be honored at an award reception in May 2017 and will receive:

  • $100 cash prize
  • A grand prize plaque
  • A Tampa Bay Times prize pack
  • An invitation to present the winning lesson, strategy or project at the Aug. 2017 Florida Press Educational Services summer training conference at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Fla.
  • Reimbursement for conference lodging and travel

Entries will be accepted Jan. 15 – March 31, 2017

Official rules:
Click here for complete official rules

Entry Form

Your Information:
First Name:*
Last Name:*
Email Address:*
Phone Number (with area code):*
School Name:*
School County:*
Grade Level Taught:*
Subjects Taught:*
NIE Resources Utilized (check all that apply):*
Tampa Bay Times - print newspapers
Tampa Bay Times - e-Edition
Curriculum supplements / special sections (please describe)
Other (please describe)
If other, please describe:
Please describe how you used the Tampa Bay Times and/or other NIE resources in your classroom. Please address the following points: *
  1. When did the lesson, strategy or project begin and end, or do you employ it on an ongoing basis? How much class time does it require?
  2. How do you make current events, news and newspapers relevant to your students?
  3. How does your lesson, strategy or project foster inquiry and require research?
  4. How do you relate the newspaper to the subject(s) taught?
  5. How does your lesson, strategy or project enhance student learning and the learning environment?
Attachment (optional):

You may attach documents such as lesson plans, photos, examples of student work, etc. here to supplement your entry. Attachments are not required for entry. Please conbine all documents into a single document. (must be PDF, .doc or .docx)

Please note: Submission of a lesson, unit, program, project or explanation of strategies gives the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program the right to publish the documents on its website and in other publications. Please make clear whether NIE has permission to publish any photos that are submitted.

Thank you for teaching the Times!