Each year, the Center, in concert with School of Education faculty members, selects a student teacher that best embodies the six Teaching Children of Poverty standards. Recipients of this award not only demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be successful in the classroom, but are sensitive to the importance of strong connections with students and families with limited resources and have established them as early as the student teaching semester.
Awardees receive a gift and certificate of achievement, and are featured in Center of Excellence publications.
Each candidate is asked to complete an application with a one-page statement on the topic “My Important Work as a Teacher of Children of Poverty.” Applicants use this statement to express how they have met the needs of students living in poverty during the extended field placement, as well as how they, as novice teachers, have been changed by the experience. Recommendations from cooperating teachers and supervising professors are required.