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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is excited that you are investing time to nominate a great family educator for the 2017 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award. NCFL and Toyota initiated this partnership 21 years ago to recognize the teachers in the nation who are best at engaging families in the educational process. School and community-based teachers who are exceptional at engaging families are eligible for nomination.

The educator selected as the 2017 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year will receive $20,000 to further family engagement efforts in their community. One runner-up will receive $5,000. In addition, both winners will receive their awards October 9-11, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz., at the 2017 Families Learning Conference, NCFL's premier convening of literacy and family learning experts. Both will receive a scholarship and travel stipend to participate. (Conference attendance is required to receive the awards.)


Following a careful review of the selection criteria below, please complete the online nomination form. You do have the option to fill in individual sections, save your incomplete entry, and return to your initiated application form at another time. Please make sure all required domains are completed before submitting your nomination.

Anyone with comprehensive knowledge about the nominee is eligible to fill in the nomination form. Programs may nominate up to 2 family educators using separate nomination forms. Self-nominations will be disqualified. Incomplete nominations or late submissions will not be accepted.

Please submit no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 9, 2017. For assistance or questions, please contact Joshua Cramer at jcramer@familieslearning.org.

2017 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Selection Criteria

The 2017 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year awards and recognizes the positive impact of teachers who engage families in school and community-based educational programming. NCFL is committed to promoting the winning educator's success by sharing participating family stories and highlighting the impact of the $20,000 grant award on the designated program. Applications will be evaluated using the following award selection criteria.


  • Winning educators must work for a school or community-based program that engages families in the educational process. The location of the program must be in the U.S.
  • Winning educators will be asked to participate in NCFL's extensive outreach activities to promote their practices and programs; including, but not limited to, participation in the Families Learning Conference.
  • Award funds must be expended between October 2017 and October 2018.
  • Award winners will commit to sharing program and family stories with NCFL on an ongoing basis, particularly through requested communications throughout the year, including an end-of-year report.
  • Family educators must be nominated by someone who knows the nominee's work well and has extensive knowledge of the nominee's strengths, approaches, and collective positive impact on behalf of children, families, and other professionals.

Winning Award Criteria

NCFL is looking for school or community-based teachers who are passionate about engaging families and who demonstrate exemplary practices. Specifically, NCFL wants to reward family teachers who:

  • Serve parents and children using a strong intergenerational approach to helping them learn together in innovative ways.
  • Have a demonstrated record of success.
  • Implement innovative ideas for expanding their program to benefit families and/or to engage more families.
  • Serve communities and families with high literacy and socioeconomic needs.
  • Would be successful at communicating successful practices to other colleagues across the nation.