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Kansas Master Teacher Award

Award Nomination Information

DEADLINE: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 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 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 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 January 17, 2019, please contact us at

Download the Rubric Criteria for Kansas Master Teacher Portfolios

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. 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. To be eligible for nomination, candidates who are active or retired teachers must have been a Kansas licensed teacher with at least five years of teaching experience in a Kansas P-12 school. Candidates who are active or retired post-secondary faculty must have taught or served in an instructional leadership role for at least five years in any Kansas P-12 school or community college, college, or university.

  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. 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.

Award Nomination Process

To be considered for the Kansas Master Teacher Award, the nominee will complete the nominee profile form, submit a digital photo, and prepare and submit an electronic portfolio as described in Step 3 (below).


Step 1 – Electronic Nominee Profile Form

 *Note: ESU will add this form to the other materials submitted for each nominee and it will be included in the review materials.


Step 2 – Electronic Photo

Obtain a professional-quality digital file of a high-resolution 8 x 10 photo (2400 x 3000 pixels). Personally scanned photos are discouraged as the image may be distorted in the scan. (This needs to be a headshot, meaning a photo of the person's face or head and shoulders with a muted background.)

*Note: For the selected Master Teachers, this image will be used for all publicity surrounding the award announcements and events (press releases, web site, hall displays, and programs). Please take appropriate steps to provide a high quality photo and please secure the necessary permission for copyrighted photos.

The picture file will need to be 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.

General Instructions

  • The nomination portfolio must be submitted as a single PDF file.
  • The nomination portfolio must consist of eight sections and arranged in the order given.
  • Page dividers may be used between sections but should not contain narrative or artifacts.
  • All narrative must be in Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, with ½ inch margins.
  • Digital or scanned artifacts such as photos, clippings, instructional materials, and handouts may be embedded in the narrative sections. Be sure any pertinent text in artifacts is large enough to view on an 8.5x11 inch page without enlargement. Video artifacts cannot be included.
  • Content should be articulated clearly with proper spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Evidence of impact on student learning is the major emphasis of portfolio sections 3 through 9.

Portfolio Sections

  1. Cover Page (Name, District and School, Assignment)
  2. Description of Learning Community (One-page maximum)
    Describe your learning community. Include information such as building and district size; economic, social and cultural diversity; geographic location, community support; and any other factor which influences student learning in the classroom.

  3. Philosophy of Teaching (Two-page maximum)
    Describe how your teaching practice demonstrates and embodies your teaching philosophy. (Rubric Criterion A)
  4. Outstanding Professional Practice (Five-page maximum)
    - Describe a highly successful lesson. How did you measure its success? How do you plan to use what you learned from its success to improve your teaching practice? (Rubric Criterion B)
    - How have you been successful with hard-to-reach students? (Rubric Criterion C)
    - What are you currently finding most challenging about teaching? Why is it challenging? What steps are you taking to improve your practice in this area? (Rubric Criterion D)
  5. Outstanding Community Engagement (Two-page maximum)
    Describe your outreach to parents, families, and communities. How have your experiences in community engagement and service increased the impact on your students and the learning community described in section 3? (Rubric Criterion E)
  6. Continuous Professional Growth (Three-page maximum)
    - How are you a more effective teacher today than you were when you began teaching?  What did you do to improve and how do you plan to continue to grow professionally? Where do you see yourself going next in your professional growth? (Rubric Criterion F)
    - Give an example of a need you saw in your classroom. How did you know it was a need? How did you address that need and what was the outcome? (Rubric Criterion G)
  7. Professional Service (Two-page maximum)
    List your involvement in professional organizations, dates served, and level of engagement and leadership at the state, local and national levels. How has this involvement directly or indirectly impacted student learning? (Rubric Criterion H)
  8. Letters of Support
    Please provide a total of four* letters as evidence of exceptional professional practice. Include one letter from each of these categories: (1) educational colleagues; (2) supervisors; (3) students – former or present; and (4) community members, parents, or community officials. The salutation on the letter must be to the Kansas Master Teacher Selection Committee and the letter must be dated; Each letter should be signed with an electronic or scanned signature. (Rubric Criterion I)
    *NO ADDITIONAL LETTERS MAY BE INCLUDED. Although you may request multiple letters of support in the assembly of the portfolio to ensure you get all four for your submitted portfolio, you must select only four for submission. Please note: additional letters will not be added to the winning teachers’ electronic portfolios displayed at the Master Teacher Banquet.

Download the Rubric Criteria for Kansas Master Teacher Portfolios


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

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