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Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award

Awards to USA School and Community Based Educators
for Outstanding Family Engagement Projects

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Funding Source:

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National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)

Deadline Date:

08/06/21 11:59 PM PDT


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Award of $5,000 and an award of $20,000 to USA school and community-based family educators to recognize outstanding work in engaging families in the educational process. Funding is intended to support the implementation of the recipients' innovative ideas and to expand their programming.

The 2021 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Awards recognize the positive impact of teachers who engage families in school- and community-based educational programming. The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is committed to promoting the winning educators’ success by sharing participating family stories and highlighting the impact of the grant awards on the designated programs.

Required Criteria

  • Winning educators must work for a school- or community-based program that engages families in the educational process. The location of the program must be in the United States of America.
  • Winning educators will be asked to participate in NCFL’s extensive outreach activities to promote their practices and programs, including, but not limited to, participation in the 2021 Families Learning Conference to be held in October in Dallas.
  • Award winners will commit to sharing project and family stories with NCFL on an ongoing basis, to be used for communications throughout the year, including NCFL social media platforms and an end-of-year report.

Winning Award Criteria

NCFL is looking for school- or community-based teachers who are passionate about engaging families and who demonstrate exemplary practices. Specifically, NCFL wants to reward family teachers who:

  • Serve parents, caregivers, and children using a strong multi-generation approach to help them learn together in innovative ways.
  • Have demonstrated a record of success in family engagement.
  • Implement innovative ideas for expanding their program to benefit families and/or to engage more families.
  • Serve communities and families with high literacy and socio-economic needs.
  • Go above and beyond job requirements for family engagement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149872

Number of Grants:

This year, two more educators will be honored.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The 2021 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year will receive a $20,000 grant award and the runner-up a $5,000 grant award.

Term of Contract:

Award funds must be expended on the designated family engagement project between December 2021 and December 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

School- and community-based teachers who are exceptional at engaging families are eligible for nomination.

Each family educator must be nominated by someone who knows the nominee’s work well and has extensive knowledge of the nominee’s strengths, approaches, and collective positive impact on behalf of children and families. Anyone with comprehensive knowledge about the nominee is eligible to complete the nomination form. Programs may nominate up to two family educators using separate nomination forms.

Self-nominations will be disqualified.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. PDT on Friday, August 6, 2021.

If you are selected as a finalist, you will be contacted by August 23 regarding the status of your application.

If selected as a finalist, your nominee will be required to interview virtually with the NCFL Teacher of the Year selection committee. During this meeting the following requirements will be reviewed for fulfillment by the winner:
- Implement and sustain proposed project between December 2021 and December 2022;
- Share the activities and story of the funded project with NCFL, particularly through requested communications;
- Share with NCFL any materials created with grant funding;
- Participate in NCFL’s extensive outreach activities to promote family engagement practices and programs, including participation in the 2021 Families Learning Conference that will be held in Dallas, Texas October 25-27, 2021.

2021 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Nomination Overview:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Nomination form:

For assistance or questions, please contact Angel Chichester at

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