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Nominations are currently open. All nominations must be submitted online by the designated Dwyer Awards Liaison by 5pm on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. DEADLINE has been extended to Friday, December 1, 2017.
All full-time, certified teachers who are responsible for impacting student achievement by instructing children in either a traditional or non-traditional classroom setting are eligible to be nominated. Educators must be certified through the State of Florida. Candidates must have completed three (3) full years of teaching in Palm Beach County schools, exclusive of the current school year. The three years do not have to be three consecutive years.
Only one nominee per eligible category will be considered. Multiple nominees in the same category will be disqualified. If a teacher is nominated in more than one category, that teacher will be disqualified.
Teachers, not administration, make nominations. Schools circulate ballots with the names of eligible teachers in each category and then the teaching staff votes.
Yes. Teachers who were awarded a Dwyer Award in the past are ineligible for nomination again.
View the entire list of Dwyer Awards Alumni.
No. Once you become a recipient of the award, you are not eligible to participate in future years. Even if you teach at a different school on a different level (for example, switching as a Middle School teacher to a High School teacher). Once you receive the award, you become a member of the Dwyer Awards Alumni and cannot be nominated to participate in future years.
Each Dwyer Awards Liaison should prepare a list of teachers who have completed (3) three years of teaching in Palm Beach County. They does not have to be three consecutive years. These teachers must have been full-time educators since August 2014.
There are six categories for the 2018 Dwyer Awards. They are: STEM Education, Career Education, Special/Support Programs, Elementary School, Middle School, and Senior High School. Read more about the Dwyer Awards Categories.
We encourage each school to designate a Dwyer Awards Liaison and only the Dwyer Awards Liaison can submit nominations. Although not mandatory, we suggest this individual be a past Dwyer recipient or someone familiar with the program. Assigning a school liaison will help keep your school on target to meet important deadlines. Please follow the guidelines for submitting your nominations. Nominations are to be submitted through the 2018 Dwyer Awards Nomination Form.
After nominations have closed, the Dwyer Awards team will follow-up with each nominee and send them a link to begin the online applicaton process the beginning of December. The online application must be submitted by Sunday, January 7, 2018 12:00am (midnight).
We will notify each nominee (as well as the Dwyer Liaison) via email of the application process the beginning of December.
You will receive a confirmation email to confirm your registration. Please click on the link in the email to confirm the registration and activate your account. It is possible that the email could end up in your spam folder, so please check there just in case. If you do find an email in your spam folder, do not forget to mark it as safe to ensure that you receive future messages from the site.
Yes. Depending on where it appropriately fits, you can make a collage and upload it in the 'Upload Photo/Photo Collage' Section, the 'Upload Award Certificates' Section or the 'Upload Articles' Section. There is a two page maximum per collage.
Acceptable file types include Bitmap Image File (.bmp), Graphical Interchange Format File (.gif), JPEG Image (.jpg), Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (.xls), Microsoft Excel Open XML Spreadsheet (.xlsx), Microsoft Word Document (.doc), Microsoft Word Open XML Document (.docx), OpenDocument Text Document (.odt), Plain Text File (.txt), Portable Document Format File (.pdf), Portable Network Graphic (.png), PowerPoint Open XML Presentation (.pptx), PowerPoint Presentation (.ppt), Rich Text Format File (.rtf)
The system will prompt you where the information can be uploaded by those who will submit a letter of recommendation. They will be able to log in and post on your behalf. There is no designated way to address the letters of recommendation . Some examples you may find helpful are 'To Whom It May Concern' or to the 'Dwyer Awards Judging Committee'.
Yes. The last two sections within the application offer the ability for you to upload the Letter of Recommendations from your Principal and an Additional Letter of Recommendation (Optional).
A Letter of Recommendation from your Principal is required. You are also able to submit another Letter of Recommendation, but this is optional. Therefore, a total of up to two letters may be submitted.
Yes. You can edit or delete a file that has been uploaded before you 'submit full application'.
The letters of recommendation that are uploaded on your behalf by your Principal and other resource are for judges' view only. They will appear blurry on your screen. Once all the categories state 'complete', you can successfully submit your application.
The deadline to submit your full application is Sunday, January 8, 2018 11:59pm. Please ensure all your documents and recommendations are complete before you 'submit full application'. We do not want you to miss sharing any important information with the judges.
A panel of judges use a set criteria and mathematical formula to review and score applications. Judges are made up of community business leaders who volunteer their time to find the six award recipients of excellence in education.
Judges are a very important part of the process to determine the Dwyer Awards recpients. All judges are invited to join the celebration with one complimentary ticket.
All finalists will be announced the week of March 14th. You can find a list of finalists and nominees at TheDwyerAwards.com
Yes. Every year is a new cycle of judging and applications.
Yes. We have six categories and a school can nominate in any of those categories for which their teachers are eligible. Teachers are judged on their individual merit, not by the school where they teach.
Congratulations on being recognized as a Dwyer Awards Finalist. All current finalists receive an email notification of 2 complimentary tickets to the event and instructions as to how to RSVP. Names must be submitted no later than May 3, 2018.
Thank you for your interest in attending the Dwyer Awards in support of our outstanding teachers. Yes, you can purchase your ticket online today.
Congratulations on being recognized as a Dwyer Awards Nominee. All current year nominees receive an email notification of one complimentary ticket to the and instructions as to how to RSVP no later than May 3, 2018.
Congratulations on being past Dwyer Awards Recipient. If you did not receive a hard copy invitation in the mail or an invitation by email please contact us with your updated information and RSVP instructions.
No paper tickets are issued for the Dwyer Awards. We ask you check-in at the registration table the night of the event. Please ensure you have properly submitted your RSVP or purchased a ticket.
Doors open at 5:30 pm for registration, and a reception with a cash bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. The program begins promptly at 7:00 pm and should conclude by 9:30 pm.
When you purchase your ticket please indicate the finalist you are attending in support.