What I Learned From Teaching the Children of War


Azizullah Royesh wrote an article as a part of a Huffington Post Blog series centered around the finalists from the Global Teacher Prize. Aziz's story is that of a refugee turned educator. He has experienced fighting for an education as a refugee in Pakistan and then upon returning to [...]

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Unforgettable Lessons From the Science of Life


Madenjit Singh wrote an article as a part of a Huffington Post Blog series centered around the finalists from the Global Teacher Prize. Madenjit's story is unique and inspiring. Coming from poverty and having to drop out of school himself, Madenjit decided to be an advocate for poor children [...]

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Applications for the 2015 Prize are now closed.
Applicants of the prestigious Global Teacher Prize will be judged based on a rigorous set of criteria aimed to identify an extraordinary teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession. The Academy will look for evidence of:

  • Recognition of a teacher's achievements in the classroom and beyond from pupils, colleagues, head-teachers or members of the wider community.
  • Preparing children to be global citizens in a world where they will encounter people from many different religions, cultures and nationalities.
  • Employing innovative and effective instructional practices and achieving demonstrable student learning outcomes in the classroom.
  • Developing and sharing innovative thought leadership that has improved access to quality teaching and education for children of all backgrounds.
  • Contributing to public debates on raising the bar of the teaching profession, whether through writing articles, blogs, media participation, social media campaigns, events or conferences.
  • Accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide unique and distinguished models of excellence for the teaching profession.
  • Encouraging others to join the teaching profession.


Applications will be judged by the Global Teacher Prize Academy

The winner will be chosen by the prominent Global Teacher Prize Academy made up of head-teachers, educational experts, commentators, journalists, public officials, tech entrepreneurs, company directors and scientists from around the world.


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