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Today, we announced the launch of our 2020 Educator of the Year Awards to recognize exceptional educators in the United States who are shaping the next generation of students and positively impacting their lives.

These are educators who are passionate about student success and care deeply about lifelong learning. Know one (or a few)? Submit a nomination today! Here’s everything you need to know to nominate your favorite teacher, professor, or all-around-awesome educator.

One winner will be selected from each category:
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- High School
- Adjunct Instructor
- Assistant/Associate Professor
- Professor

Canvas is accepting award nominations from 8:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 8, 2020, or until 500 nominations are received, whichever comes first. One winning educator will be selected from each category and notified in June.

Winners will be notified by June 1, 2020.

Each winner will receive:
- A complimentary registration code to InstructureCon 2020 (July 28-30, Nashville)
- Award & recognition at InstructureCon 2020
- Amazing Canvas swag that you know and love
- Inclusion in a national press release, Canvas blog, and social channels
- The potential for additional media coverage
- The warm glow of victory and confirmation of your awesomeness


Nominations will be judged on the following criteria:

K-12
How does this teacher redefine traditional classroom activities to prepare students for college and careers? (25%)
How does this teacher’s classroom experience support inclusion and improve achievement for at-risk populations? (25%)
How does this teacher inspire students, spark curiosity, and support student growth and achievement? Provide specific examples of results. (50%)

Higher Education:
How does this educator redefine traditional classroom activities to prepare students for careers and lifelong learning? (25%)
How does this educators classroom experience support inclusion and improve achievement for at-risk populations? (25%)
How does this teacher inspire students, spark curiosity, and support student growth and achievement? Provide specific examples of results. (50%)


Submit your K-12 nominations

Submit your Higher Education nominations