Who is eligible to participate?

Educators (teachers and administrators) at any public or private school, grades preK–12, located in the United States, Puerto Rico, or the other U.S. territories, are eligible to participate. Applicants must be current full-time or part-time educators. Applicants must be legal residents of the United States, Puerto Rico, or the other U.S. territories.

How can an educator participate?

To be considered for a Walden Educator for a Day grant, educators are required to complete, in full, a nomination form and return it by Oct. 14, 2013. Send nomination form and questions to educatorforaday@waldenu.edu.

In 200 words (1,000 characters) or less, educators must also provide responses to the following questions:

  • What should non-educators in your community understand about your school? What makes your school unique and compelling?
  • What is your plan to involve your community in an Educator for a Day program or event at your school on Nov. 21? Please detail how you will host community members or aspiring educators to shadow teachers in your school during that day. (Please note: The $5,000 grant is not intended to be used for this event.)
  • How would your school use a Walden Educator for a Day grant for the remainder of the 2013–2014 academic year? Provide details of how the $5,000 would help to improve learning outcomes.

In addition, educators are responsible for recruiting their own guest Educators for a Day, people who will shadow them throughout the school day. Any adults in the community can be guest educators. Potential candidates may include school committee members, legislators, local officials, community employees (e.g., police officers and firefighters), business people, career changers seeking a teaching career, and retired citizens. Aspiring educators are especially encouraged to participate.

What is the deadline for submissions?

Nomination forms must be submitted to and received by Walden University on or before Oct. 14, 2013. All requested information must be provided and all questions must be answered for a nomination to be considered eligible for a Walden Educator for a Day grant.

Are there any other restrictions or considerations for participants?

Educators who participate in the Walden Educator for a Day grant program must consent to a release agreement that allows Walden University to use the names of the nominee and host school, as well as the answers to the questions listed on the nomination form, for publication purposes without limitation, and that allows all such publications to remain the sole and exclusive property of Walden University.

Educators who participate in the Walden Educator for a Day grant program must also affirm that their schools would be willing and able to participate in all publicity efforts promoting the Educator for a Day grant program. Such publicity could consist of inclusion in news releases and media advisories, local and/or national media coverage of the Educator for a Day initiative, media interviews and photos, and other similar public relations vehicles. In order for schools to receive the $5,000 grant, they must demonstrate that they have organized and launched an Educator for a Day event on November 21, 2013.

How many Walden Educator for a Day grants will be awarded?

Walden will award $5,000 grants to five individual schools participating in Educator for a Day events.

How will the recipients be chosen?

The five recipients will be selected by a panel of judges based on the following criteria: The nomination should demonstrate the educator’s passion for teaching, knowledge of today’s preK–12 learning environment, and desire to improve children’s access to high-quality education with proven learning outcomes. The nomination should further show how the Walden grant will impact a critical mass of the student body and how teachers and administrators are making the school a better place for students to learn and for teachers to work. The nomination should detail the school’s plan to host guests who will shadow educators throughout the day on Nov. 21, 2013.

Who will choose the recipients?

Walden University will assemble a panel to select the five entries that will receive the Walden Educator for a Day grants. These individuals may include Walden University administrators and faculty members, other educators familiar with the issues faced by teachers and administrators in grades preK–12, and individuals from the corporate world.

When will the recipients be announced?

Recipients will be announced and notified by Walden University on or about Oct. 30, 2013. Recipients will be presented with the Walden Educator for a Day grants at their respective schools on Nov. 21, 2013.

How is the grant to be used?

The grant must be used for educational purposes (including school supplies or organized activities/field trips). It must be applied in the way that the educator has described in his or her nomination.