Since 1970, the Illinois State Board of Education has sponsored the Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year program to honor educators who have made significant contributions to our state's public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools. Awards are presented in seven categories: classroom teachers, early career educators (teachers 1-4 years), school administrators, student support personnel, educational service personnel, community volunteers, and teams. Application materials are evaluated by a selection committee composed of individuals who represent a variety of educational organizations. Visit our website or reach out to the Educator Recognition Programs Coordinator, Ann Kapustiak at akapusti@isbe.net if you have questions about the program.

Please note: If this is your first time using the Submittable platform to complete a nomination or application, you will be required to create an account with Submittable.


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Prior to completing the 2023 Outstanding Early Career Educator Application, please review the information listed below regarding requirements and recommendations for applicants.


NOTE: Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year applicants will be less competitive in this cycle if there are numerous other applicants in the same category from their same school/district. In the spirit of recognizing educators across Illinois, reviewers will take total school/district participation into consideration when evaluating an individual applicant for an award. The review process will not penalize applicants from high-participation schools/districts; rather, it is less likely that an individual applicant will be awarded when they are being evaluated against other applicants in the same category from the same school/district. Exceptional educators with impactful and unique accomplishments from any school/district will be competitive applicants are still encouraged to apply.

Additionally, recent Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year awardees will not be competitive applicants in this cycle if they have been recently awarded for their accomplishments in the last few years of the program. Reviewers will take previous awards into consideration when scoring an individual applicant. Educators who have had significant and distinct accomplishments since their previous award year are still encouraged to apply.


An applicant for 2023 Outstanding Early Career Educator MUST:

  • Have 1-4 years of teaching experience by the end of the current school year;
  • Currently teach in an Illinois school district more than 50% of the school day;
  • Be prepared to hold a teaching position in an Illinois school district during the next two school years.


An applicant for 2023 Outstanding Early Career Educator SHOULD demonstrate:

  • A willingness to advocate for students and teachers;
  • Active collaboration within the professional learning community and with parents and families;
  • Exceptional dedication, knowledge, and skill in any state-approved or accredited school, pre-kindergarten through Grade 12;
  • An ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;
  • A high level of respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; and
  • Leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom that embody lifelong learning.


Applications that do not meet all requirements will not be processed. Completed applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2022.



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Prior to completing the 2023 Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year Awards Teacher Application, please review the information listed below regarding requirements and recommendations for applicants.


NOTE: Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year applicants will be less competitive in this cycle if there are numerous other applicants in the same category from their same school/district. In the spirit of recognizing educators across Illinois, reviewers will take total school/district participation into consideration when evaluating an individual applicant for an award. The review process will not penalize applicants from high-participation schools/districts; rather, it is less likely that an individual applicant will be awarded when they are being evaluated against other applicants in the same category from the same school/district. Exceptional educators with impactful and unique accomplishments from any school/district will be competitive applicants are still encouraged to apply.

Additionally, recent Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year awardees will not be competitive applicants in this cycle if they have been recently awarded for their accomplishments in the last few years of the program. Reviewers will take previous awards into consideration when scoring an individual applicant. Educators who have had significant and distinct accomplishments since their previous award year are still encouraged to apply.


A Teacher Applicant for 2023 Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year Awards MUST:

  • Have completed a minimum of five full years of teaching at the end of the current school year;
  • Currently teach in an Illinois school district more than 50% of the school day;
  • Be prepared to hold a teaching position in an Illinois school district during the next two school years.
  • NOT have been selected as a Finalist or Regional Teacher of the Year since 2018. [Previously awarded Finalists or Regional TOYs are not eligible to participate for a period of five years.]


A Teacher Applicant for 2023 Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year Awards SHOULD demonstrate:

  • A willingness to advocate for students and teachers;
  • Active collaboration within the professional learning community and with parents and families;
  • Exceptional dedication, knowledge, and skill in any state-approved or accredited school, pre-kindergarten through Grade 12;
  • An ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;
  • A high level of respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; and
  • Leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom that embody lifelong learning.


Applications that do not meet all requirements will not be processed. Completed applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2022.  



Accessing the Submittable Platform

For first-time users:
Click on the “Create Your Account” button. Once you have submitted your information, the application form will become visible.


Already have a Submittable account:
Click “Have an Account? Sign-In.” Once signed in the application will become visible.


Please note: As you proceed through the application, new information entered into the form will automatically save. If you need to leave the platform and return, you will be able to continue from the point you left off.


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Prior to completing the 2023 Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year Awards Administrator Application, please review the information listed below regarding requirements and recommendations for applicants.


NOTE: Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year applicants will be less competitive in this cycle if there are numerous other applicants in the same category from their same school/district. In the spirit of recognizing educators across Illinois, reviewers will take total school/district participation into consideration when evaluating an individual applicant for an award. The review process will not penalize applicants from high-participation schools/districts; rather, it is less likely that an individual applicant will be awarded when they are being evaluated against other applicants in the same category from the same school/district. Exceptional educators with impactful and unique accomplishments from any school/district will be competitive applicants are still encouraged to apply.

Additionally, recent Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year awardees will not be competitive applicants in this cycle if they have been recently awarded for their accomplishments in the last few years of the program. Reviewers will take previous awards into consideration when scoring an individual applicant. Educators who have had significant and distinct accomplishments since their previous award year are still encouraged to apply.


An Administrator Applicant for 2023 Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year Awards SHOULD demonstrate:

  • A willingness to advocate for students and teachers;
  • Active collaboration within the professional learning community and with parents and families;
  • Exceptional dedication, knowledge, and skill in any state-approved or accredited school, pre-kindergarten through Grade 12;
  • An ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;
  • A high level of respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; and
  • Leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom that embody lifelong learning.


Applications that do not meet all requirements will not be processed. Completed applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2022.



Accessing the Submittable Platform

For first-time users:
Click on the “Create Your Account” button. Once you have submitted your information, the application form will become visible.


Already have a Submittable account:
Click “Have an Account? Sign-In.” Once signed in the application will become visible.


Please note: As you proceed through the application, new information entered into the form will automatically save. If you need to leave the platform and return, you will be able to continue from the point you left off..


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Prior to completing the 2023 Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year Awards Student Support Personnel Application, please review the information listed below regarding requirements and recommendations for applicants.


NOTE: Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year applicants will be less competitive in this cycle if there are numerous other applicants in the same category from their same school/district. In the spirit of recognizing educators across Illinois, reviewers will take total school/district participation into consideration when evaluating an individual applicant for an award. The review process will not penalize applicants from high-participation schools/districts; rather, it is less likely that an individual applicant will be awarded when they are being evaluated against other applicants in the same category from the same school/district. Exceptional educators with impactful and unique accomplishments from any school/district will be competitive applicants are still encouraged to apply.

Additionally, recent Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year awardees will not be competitive applicants in this cycle if they have been recently awarded for their accomplishments in the last few years of the program. Reviewers will take previous awards into consideration when scoring an individual applicant. Educators who have had significant and distinct accomplishments since their previous award year are still encouraged to apply.


A Student Support Personnel Applicant for 2023 Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year Awards may be one of the following:

  • School nurse
  • Psychologist
  • Social worker
  • School counselor
  • Speech/language therapist
  • Dean
  • Librarian


*If you are not sure which category your applicant falls into, please contact the program coordinator at akapusti@isbe.net*


A Student Support Personnel Applicant for 2023 Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year Awards SHOULD demonstrate:

  • A willingness to advocate for students and teachers;
  • Active collaboration within the professional learning community and with parents and families;
  • Exceptional dedication, knowledge, and skill in any state-approved or accredited school, pre-kindergarten through Grade 12;
  • An ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;
  • A high level of respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; and
  • Leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom that embody lifelong learning.


Applications that do not meet all requirements will not be processed. Completed applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2022.  



Accessing the Submittable Platform

For first-time users:
Click on the “Create Your Account” button. Once you have submitted your information, the application form will become visible.


Already have a Submittable account:
Click “Have an Account? Sign-In.” Once signed in the application will become visible.


Please note: As you proceed through the application, new information entered into the form will automatically save. If you need to leave the platform and return, you will be able to continue from the point you left off.


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Prior to completing the 2023 Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year Awards Educational Service Personnel Application, please review the information listed below regarding requirements and recommendations for applicants.


NOTE: Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year applicants will be less competitive in this cycle if there are numerous other applicants in the same category from their same school/district. In the spirit of recognizing educators across Illinois, reviewers will take total school/district participation into consideration when evaluating an individual applicant for an award. The review process will not penalize applicants from high-participation schools/districts; rather, it is less likely that an individual applicant will be awarded when they are being evaluated against other applicants in the same category from the same school/district. Exceptional educators with impactful and unique accomplishments from any school/district will be competitive applicants are still encouraged to apply.

Additionally, recent Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year awardees will not be competitive applicants in this cycle if they have been recently awarded for their accomplishments in the last few years of the program. Reviewers will take previous awards into consideration when scoring an individual applicant. Educators who have had significant and distinct accomplishments since their previous award year are still encouraged to apply.


An Educational Service Personnel Applicant for 2023 Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year Awards may be one of the following:

  • Aide/paraprofessional
  • Cafeteria worker
  • Custodian
  • Administrative assistant
  • Support professional
  • Bus driver
  • Resource officer


*If you are not sure which category your applicant falls into, please contact the program coordinator at akapusti@isbe.net*


* Please note: All nominees will also be considered to represent Illinois as one of the two nominees for the Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) Award. The RISE Awards are designed to recognize and promote the commitment and excellence exhibited by full- or part-time classified school employees who provide exemplary service to students in pre-kindergarten through high school.


An Educational Service Personnel Applicant for 2023 Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year Awards SHOULD demonstrate:

  • A willingness to advocate for students and teachers;
  • Active collaboration within the professional learning community and with parents and families;
  • Exceptional dedication, knowledge, and skill in any state-approved or accredited school, pre-kindergarten through Grade 12;
  • An ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;
  • A high level of respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; and
  • Leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom that embody lifelong learning.


Applications that do not meet all requirements will not be processed. Completed applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2022.



Accessing the Submittable Platform

For first-time users:
Click on the “Create Your Account” button. Once you have submitted your information, the application form will become visible.


Already have a Submittable account:
Click “Have an Account? Sign-In.” Once signed in the application will become visible.

Please note: As you proceed through the application, new information entered into the form will automatically save. If you need to leave the platform and return, you will be able to continue from the point you left off.


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Prior to completing the 2023 Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year Awards Community Volunteer Application, please review the information listed below regarding requirements and recommendations for applicants.


NOTE: Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year applicants will be less competitive in this cycle if there are numerous other applicants in the same category from their same school/district. In the spirit of recognizing educators across Illinois, reviewers will take total school/district participation into consideration when evaluating an individual applicant for an award. The review process will not penalize applicants from high-participation schools/districts; rather, it is less likely that an individual applicant will be awarded when they are being evaluated against other applicants in the same category from the same school/district. Exceptional educators with impactful and unique accomplishments from any school/district will be competitive applicants are still encouraged to apply.

Additionally, recent Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year awardees will not be competitive applicants in this cycle if they have been recently awarded for their accomplishments in the last few years of the program. Reviewers will take previous awards into consideration when scoring an individual applicant. Educators who have had significant and distinct accomplishments since their previous award year are still encouraged to apply.


A Community Volunteer Applicant for 2023 Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year Awards must NOT be employed by the school/district they work with. Additionally, they SHOLUD demonstrate:

  • A willingness to advocate for students and teachers;
  • Active collaboration within the professional learning community and with parents and families;
  • Exceptional dedication, knowledge, and skill in any state-approved or accredited school, pre-kindergarten through Grade 12;
  • An ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;
  • A high level of respect and admiration of students, parents, school staff, and colleagues; and
  • Leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom that embody lifelong learning.


Applications that do not meet all requirements will not be processed. Completed applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2022.  



Accessing the Submittable Platform

For first-time users:
Click on the “Create Your Account” button. Once you have submitted your information, the application form will become visible.


Already have a Submittable account:
Click “Have an Account? Sign-In.” Once signed in the application will become visible.


Please note: As you proceed through the application, new information entered into the form will automatically save. If you need to leave the platform and return, you will be able to continue from the point you left off.


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Prior to completing the 2023 Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year Awards Team Application, please review the information listed below regarding requirements and recommendations for applicants.


NOTE: Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year applicants will be less competitive in this cycle if there are numerous other applicants in the same category from their same school/district. In the spirit of recognizing educators across Illinois, reviewers will take total school/district participation into consideration when evaluating an individual applicant for an award. The review process will not penalize applicants from high-participation schools/districts; rather, it is less likely that an individual applicant will be awarded when they are being evaluated against other applicants in the same category from the same school/district. Exceptional educators with impactful and unique accomplishments from any school/district will be competitive applicants are still encouraged to apply.

Additionally, recent Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year awardees will not be competitive applicants in this cycle if they have been recently awarded for their accomplishments in the last few years of the program. Reviewers will take previous awards into consideration when scoring an individual applicant. Educators who have had significant and distinct accomplishments since their previous award year are still encouraged to apply.


A Team Applicant for 2023 Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year Awards MUST be a group of individuals from any of the following categories:

  • Teacher
  • Administrator
  • Student Support Personnel
  • Educational Service Personnel
  • Community Volunteer


A Team Applicant for 2023 Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year Awards SHOULD demonstrate:

  • A willingness to advocate for students and teachers;
  • Active collaboration within the professional learning community and with parents and families;
  • Exceptional dedication, knowledge, and skill in any state-approved or accredited school, pre-kindergarten through Grade 12;
  • An ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;
  • A high level of respect and admiration of students, parents, school staff, and colleagues; and
  • Leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom that embody lifelong learning.


Applications that do not meet all requirements will not be processed. Completed applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2022.



Accessing the Submittable Platform

For first-time users:
Click on the “Create Your Account” button. Once you have submitted your information, the application form will become visible.


Already have a Submittable account:
Click “Have an Account? Sign-In.” Once signed in the application will become visible.


Please note: As you proceed through the application, new information entered into the form will automatically save. If you need to leave the platform and return, you will be able to continue from the point you left off.

Overview
The Illinois Council on Women and Girls invites young women in high school to apply to join the Council’s Girls Committee. Participants will share about their experiences and perspectives to help make Illinois a place where all girls can thrive. 

Chaired by Lieutenant Governor Julianna Stratton, the Illinois Council on Women and Girls advises Governor JB Pritzker and the General Assembly on policy issues impacting women and girls in Illinois. Girls participating in the Council will have the opportunity to make a difference in issues affecting their lives and the lives of their peers.

The Council highly values diversity in its membership and seeks applicants with a range of geographic, racial, academic, and personal backgrounds. The application is open to all nonbinary and female-identifying youth residing in Illinois and in the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades at the time of applying. 

Commitment
Girls Committee members will serve for one-year terms on the Council. The Girls Committee may meet biweekly, typically after school hours, when planning for upcoming events and projects. Girls Committee members also will attend one-hour quarterly meetings for one of the other Council committees (Gender-based Violence, Academic and Economic Opportunity, Leadership and Inclusion, or Health) and one-hour quarterly meetings of the entire Council, typically held 4-5 p.m. during the work week. Girls Committee meetings will begin in December 2022. 

Virtual participation is available at all Council and committee meetings. 

Application Process
Applications to the Girls Committee are due by October 31, 2022.

The application requires a video submission as the response to one of the questions. 

A panel composed of current Council members will evaluate applications based on Diversity, Interest, Responsibility, Communication, Collaboration, and Problem-Solving and will invite selected applicants to interview. 

If you have any questions or experience any technical issues accessing or submitting the application, please contact Council member Jackie Matthews at jmatthew@isbe.net or (312) 590-4327.

Illinois State Board of Education