Award Programs

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Department Names the 2018 Teacher and Principal of the Year Finalists

2018 Teacher and Principal of the Year Programs

The Louisiana Department of Education recognizes that great teachers and school leaders are critical to student success. Annually, the Department, in partnership with Dream Teachers and the Louisiana Association of Principals, recognizes and celebrates the some of the state’s most exceptional educators through the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs. These programs provide an opportunity to acknowledge those teachers and leaders who are making exceptional gains with students. Their commitment to student success exemplifies Louisiana’s teaching profession.

This year, over 77 hiring authorities submitted nominations for Teacher and Principal of the Year. The Department is proud to announce the 2018 Teacher and Principal of the Year finalists and semi-finalists.

All Teacher and Principal of the Year semi-finalists and finalists will be honored at the 11th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Awards Gala on Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This exciting event is co-sponsored by Dream Teachers.

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Teacher and Principal of the Year Library

Student of the Year Awards Program

The Department of Education recognizes that many outstanding students are enrolled in public, private, or charter schools throughout the state of Louisiana. To acknowledge these accomplishments, the Department, in conjunction with the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, annually honors one incredible fifth, eighth, and twelfth grade student based on their leadership, academic performance, achievements, citizenship, and service to the school and community.

Students are selected by their school and submitted to the local education agency/diocese level; these nominees are then forwarded to a Regional Selection Committee. The resulting eighteen finalists then compete at the state level. The winner of the three grade levels are announced on the evening of the final day of competition.


2017 Student of the Year Guidelines

2017 Logistics Memo/Application

2017 District Information Formation Form

US Senate Youth Program

Two Louisiana juniors or seniors will be chosen to attend the U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D. C. and will also receive a $10,000 education scholarship. Student nominees, chosen by their schools, must submit an application and a portfolio of required information to the Louisiana Department of Education by October 7, 2016. Please read the National Brochurethe Hearst Foundation press release, and the Logistics Memo for more information including eligibility requirements and the application process. More information concerning this program can be found here.