In honor of American Education Week (Nov. 17–21, 2014), Walden University is awarding $5,000 grants for up to five preK–12 schools that are hosting an Educator for a Day event and have been nominated by a teacher or administrator at that school.

By opening your classrooms for a day to members of your community, you will introduce others to the rewards of teaching while bringing recognition to your school. Join Walden in celebrating our eighth year supporting this event, and your school could receive a grant to support an initiative of your choice.

Nominate your school for a $5,000 grant today. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.

What is Educator for a Day?

Educator for a Day will be held on Nov. 20, 2014, as part of the celebration of American Education Week. For one day, community members—including those interested in transitioning into a teaching career—are invited into the classroom as “guest educators” or “shadows” to help perform the daily duties of America’s educators under the supervision of a teacher. 

Who is eligible for a $5,000 grant from Walden University?

You may nominate your school for a $5,000 grant from Walden University if you and your school are participating in the Educator for a Day program. Any teacher or administrator from a public or private preK–12 school may submit a nomination. Please make sure the school's principal is aware of the nomination as each winning school is required to develop and execute an activity plan for the November 20 Educator for a Day school event in order to receive the $5,000 grant.

Read the eligibility requirements.

How do I nominate a school?

It’s easy: Tell us what makes your school exceptional by completing and submitting the nomination form on or before Oct. 6, 2014. All information must be provided, and all questions must be answered. No response to any question may exceed 1,000 characters (approximately 200 words).

  1. Download the nomination form.
  2. Email the completed form to

How will the schools be selected?

A panel of judges composed of educators and members of the Walden University community will select up to five schools to receive a $5,000 grant each. Selections will be based on:

  • the nominator’s demonstrated passion for and knowledge of teaching
  • the impact the grant would have on the school’s ability to create a better place for students to learn and for teachers to work
  • the submitted list of detailed activities planned to support their Educator for a Day school event

Walden University will notify winning educators on or about Oct. 30, 2014, so that arrangements can be made for on-site promotion of the Educator for a Day event to be held on Nov. 20, 2014.

Send nomination forms and questions to

About The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited institution, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness. As a recognized standard of excellence in professional education for the preparation of teachers, administrators, and other preK–12 school professionals, NCATE accreditation ensures the institution has met rigorous national standards set by the profession and members of the public.

Learn about our Teacher Preparation Program with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)* that is uniquely designed to help working professionals transition into a career in teaching.

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