The Sontag Prize in Education is an annual award that recognizes and celebrates outstanding educators for their teaching excellence.
Sontag Prize recipients receive an honorarium, and first-time recipients receive professional development led by leading education practitioners and researchers and an invitation to an awards ceremony.
Educators who are selected for and accept the Sontag Prize expand their impact by committing to teach in an Acceleration Academy, a week-long academic program designed to accelerate student learning through engaging, standards-aligned lessons. During the Acceleration Academies, each content teacher is paired with a small group of students (10–12) for the entire week, and teachers are given the autonomy to design lessons based on their students' specific needs.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and health/safety precautions, districts have chosen to either run an April Acceleration Academy program with in-district teachers only or postpone their programs until the summer. We will update this webpage as more information becomes available regarding potential summer Acceleration Academy dates and locations.
This year's Sontag Prize professional development and awards ceremony event will tentatively take place in the summer or fall of 2021.
If districts choose to run summer 2021 Acceleration Academy programs, a Summer 2021 Sontag Prize Application will be posted on this webpage several months prior to the start of the programs.
Licensed educators who teach reading and writing, math, science, or specials (physical education, music, art, etc.) can apply.
The Sontag Prize application consists of the following sections:
When applying for the Sontag Prize, applicants can select which Acceleration Academy programs and locations they are interested in being placed in if awarded the Sontag Prize.
Applicants who are awarded the Sontag Prize will only be placed in an Acceleration Academy program and location in which they have indicated interest. Applicants who indicated interest in multiple Acceleration Academy programs could be awarded the Sontag Prize to teach in one or both programs.
Sontag Prize recipients who live more than 50 miles from their Acceleration Academy district placement and do not currently teach in the district they are placed in will be provided transportation (or mileage reimbursements) and lodging, if requested.
If you have questions about the Sontag Prize and Acceleration Academies, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and write "Sontag Prize" in the email's subject line.
Last Updated: March 31, 2021
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