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Kansas Master Teacher Award Program

Award Nomination Information

DEADLINE: February 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Thank you for your nomination!  Our system is ready for submissions, but we realize technology issues may arise. Please contact us if you require assistance or have questions.  

The submission process will be open until February 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (CST).  Following that time, we will review the files and send out notices of confirmation or requests for additional information. If you have not received confirmation that we have received your information by February 4, 2014, please contact us at

Please Note

The award committee attempts to send reminders about this award through e-mail and hard copy mailings generated from the Kansas State Department of Education website contact list. To ensure reminders reach you, please keep your directory information updated with KSDE and be sure all individuals interested in the Kansas Master Teacher mailings add to their e-mail address books. We suggest  individuals in charge of the local selection process should bookmark the Kansas Master Teacher web site and check it following the award ceremony each year. Upcoming application processes and dates will be available at this time. Thank you for assisting us with our efforts to keep you informed.

Lucie Eusey
Office: 620-341-5830
Dean's Office: 620-341-5367

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Nominees should be teachers who have taught or served in an instructional leadership role for at least five years in any Kansas P-12 or higher education schools.

  2. Nomination forms may be prepared by the nominee, a school or district committee, an assigned school representative, a professional organization, a parent, or other individual or organization that would like to nominate a teacher.

  3. The Master Teacher nominee should exemplify teaching and/or administrative effectiveness, constructive service in the community, zeal in promoting the advancement of education, and a sincere interest in professional organizations.

  4. The Code of Ethics of the Education Professional adopted by the National Education Association shall serve as a guideline by which the attitude and competency of the master teacher should be appraised. The principles pronounced in the Code of Ethics are stated below.

  5. Because nominations can come from a variety of sources, more than one individual may be nominated from a school or district; however, only one person from a district will be selected as a Master Teacher.

Code of Ethics of the Education Profession
Adopted by 1975 NEA Representative Assembly


The educator, believing in the worth and dignity of each human being, recognizes the supreme importance of the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, and the nature of democratic principals. Essential to these goals is the protection of freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal educational opportunity for all. The educator accepts the responsibility to adhere to the highest ethical standards.

The educator recognizes the magnitude of the responsibility inherent in the teaching process. The desire for the respect and confidence of one's colleagues, of students, of parents, and of the members of the community provides the incentive to attain and maintain the highest possible degree of ethical conduct. The Code of Ethics of the Education Profession indicates the aspiration of all educators and provides standards by which to judge conduct.

The remedies specified by the NEA and/or its affiliates for the violation of any provision of this Code shall be exclusive and no such provision shall be enforceable in any form other than one specifically designated by the NEA or its affiliates.

Principle I - Commitment to the Students

The educator strives to help each student realize his or her potential as a worthy and effective member of society.  The educator therefore works to stimulate the spirit of inquiry, the acquisition of knowledge and understanding, and the thoughtful formulation of worthy goals.

In fulfillment of the obligation to the student, the educator:

    1. Shall not unreasonably restrain the student from independent action in the pursuit of learning.
    2. Shall not unreasonably deny the student access to varying points of view.
    3. Shall not deliberately suppress or distort subject matter relevant to the student=s progress.
    4. Shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning or to health and safety.
    5. Shall not on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, marital status, political or religious beliefs, family, social or cultural background, or sexual orientation unfairly:
      1. Exclude any student from participation in any program
      2. Deny benefits to any student
      3. Grant any advantage to any student
    6. Shall not use professional relationships with students for private advantage.
    7. Shall not disclose information about students obtained in the course of professional service, unless disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by law.

Principle II - Commitment to the Profession

The education profession is vested by the public with the trust and responsibility requiring the highest ideals of professional service.

In the belief that the quality of the services of the education profession directly influences the nation and its citizens, the educator shall exert every effort to raise professional standards, to promote a climate that encourages the exercise of professional judgment, to achieve conditions which attract persons worthy of the trust to careers in education, and to assist in preventing the practice of the profession by unqualified persons.

In fulfillment of the obligation to the profession, the educator:

  1. Shall not in an application for a professional position deliberately make a false statement or fail to disclose a material fact related to competency or qualifications.
  2. Shall not misrepresent his/her professional qualifications.
  3. Shall not assist any entry into the profession of a person known to be unqualified in respect to character, education, or other relevant attribute.
  4. Shall not knowingly make a false statement concerning the qualification of a candidate for a professional position.
  5. Shall not assist a non-educator in the unauthorized practice of teaching.
  6. Shall not disclose information about colleagues obtained in the course of professional service unless disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by law.
  7. Shall not knowingly make false or malicious statements about a colleague.
  8. Shall not accept any gratuity, gift, or favor that might impair or appear to influence professional decisions or action.

Award Nomination Form and Portfolio Application Process

To apply for the Kansas Master Teacher Award, the nominee will prepare and submit an electronic portfolio as described below in the application process.

We are moving to a fully electronic submission and selection process. You may still assemble much of your notebook as before, scan and convert to a PDF file; or you may assemble the notebook electronically, using any word processing or publishing program, and convert the final document to a PDF file.


Step 1 – Electronic Nomination Information Form

 *Note: This form will be added to the nomination submission by E.S.U. and included in the review materials.


Step 2 – Electronic Photo

Obtain a professional-quality digital copy of a high-resolution 8x10 portrait (300 ppi). Personally scanned photos are discouraged as the pixels per inch (ppi) may be distorted in the scan.

The picture file will need to be:

a) submitted within the body of the Nomination Portfolio described below

b) submitted as a separate attachment when you complete and submit the Master Teacher Portfolio Form at the bottom of this page.


Step 3 – Electronic Nomination Portfolio

Assemble an electronic Nomination Portfolio. This document may be created electronically or assembled as a hard copy document and scanned into an electronic file. The final Nomination Portfolio should be saved as a single PDF file.

The Nomination Portfolio should contain the following materials and be arranged as follows:

  1. Cover Page (Name, District and School, Assignment)

  2. 8x10 Photo Professional electronic photo, as described above.

  3. Philosophy of Teaching (2 page maximum - 12 pt. font, double spaced, 1/2 inch margins)

  4. Unique and/or Outstanding Job Performance (5 page maximum)

    This document may include clippings, narratives, and picture evidences showing unique, creative, and/or outstanding job performance. Evidence of interaction with students is encouraged. The print should be large enough to be seen on an 8x11 page without enlargement.

  5. Outstanding Community Service (2 page maximum)

    This section should include evidence of outstanding community service performed by the nominee. These evidences may include any service that contributes to a better community and may include activities done with children or by one-self. Clippings, narratives, and picture evidences may be included in this section.

  6. Continuous Professional Growth (3 page maximum)

    This section should provide evidences of continuous professional growth. These may include, but are not limited to, activities such as workshop presentations, attendance at professional organization events, professional writing, parent trainings, etc.

  7. Exceptional School Service - Letters of Support

    This section should include a total of 9 letters as evidence of exceptional school service. Include 3 letters from each category: (1) educational colleagues or supervisors; (2) students – former or present; (3) community members, parents, or community officials. The saluation on the letter should be to the Kansas Master Teacher Selection Committee and the letter should be dated. NO ADDITIONAL LETTERS MAY BE INCLUDED.

  8. Participation in Professional Organizations (3 page maximum)

    This section should include evidence of the nominee's participation in professional organizations. Clippings, narratives, and pictures may be included as evidences of support with reasoning for inclusion. 

Step 4 – Verifying Signatures

  1. Print and gather signatures on the Verification Form. (Requires Adobe Reader) Please be sure all those signing know of your nomination.

  2. Scan the signed form.


Step 5 – Nomination Portfolio Check

  1. Have you adhered to the requirements for submission?
  2. Are all evidences within the required number of pages/letters?
  3. Has your document been converted to a single document in PDF format?
  4. Have you obtained your digital professional-quality photo and verifying signatures?
  5. Is your Verification Form signed and scanned?


Step 6 – Final Electronic Submission Via Email

  1. Prepare the following items:
    • Nomination Portfolio (PDF file, as described above)
    • Digital 8x10 High Resolution Photo
    • Signed Verification Form

  2. Complete and submit the Master Teacher Portfolio Form