Best Teacher

Read now to be a great teacher!

‘Without Teachers, there would be no other professions’, said a very wise someone. Teachers are critical for the society to sustain, evolve and introspect. There are hundreds of Awards across the Globe to recognize teachers who empower students and communities. Some of the renowned ones like The Global Teacher Prize, India’s very own National Awards and The Milken Educator Award, USA identify teachers who have made a great impact on their students, schools, and communities.


The evaluation criteria of these 3 Prestigious Teacher recognitions are as follows:

Focus Parameters Global Teacher Prize (2018)


National Award for Teachers (2017) -IndiaNTA Milken Educator Award (2017-18) -USA


Dedication towards profession Achieving student learning outcomes in the classroom Commitment to his/her vocation beyond the call of duty Exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective instructional practices and student learning results in the classroom and school
Contribution(s) beyond the classroom Recognition of a teacher’s achievements in the classroom and beyond General reputation of the teacher Individuals whose contributions to education are largely unheralded yet worthy of the spotlight
Displaying innovative leadership traits Employing innovative and effective instructional practices Creativity and innovation in teaching practices Early- to mid-career educators who offer a strong long-range potential for professional and policy leadership
Being an active Mentor Helping children become global citizens through providing them with a values-based education High degree of social awareness with special reference to the needs of children Engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues, and the community
Excellence as a Role Model Achievements in the community beyond the classroom that provide unique and distinguished models of excellence Active participation in life and activities of the society at large Exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide models of excellence for the profession
Drive for continuous professional development Encouraging teachers to stay in the profession and develop their skills Academic acumen and upgrading through participation in orientation programs/ refresher courses/ workshops, etc.


Among the above mentioned 3 Awards, and other notable teacher recognitions in the world, we derived 5 criteria that commonly emerged across the board, which distinguished great teachers from good ones:

  • Consistent achievement of stellar Academic results
  • Active involvement in school and community life
  • Implementation of novel learning techniques for improving student learning levels
  • Being aware of global trends in education and their implementations
  • Being involved in continuous professional development programs


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The Global Teacher Prize 2018 edition winner- Mrs. Andria Zafirakou


The Miliken Award Ceremony
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The National Award for Teachers (India)







While Awards are not the only yardstick to measure the tremendous hard work put in by millions of teachers in our Educational Institutions, it serves them well to know the key areas of focus for Teacher development.


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CLICK HERE to access the full list of winners for Global Teacher Prize (2018)

CLICK HERE to access the full list of winners for National Award for Teachers (2016)

CLICK HERE to access the full list of winners for Milken Educator Award (2017-18)


To apply for the Global Teacher Prize: Please click HERE

You can read more about the National Award for Teachers HERE

You can read more about the Milken Award HERE

8 thoughts on “Read now to be a great teacher!”

  1. Kuriakose M.O.

    May I know the modalities of these awards,I am a recipient of two awards National award for teachers (Rashtrapathi puraskar 2000) and National Metallurgical award 1996.

    1. Congratulations Mr Kuriakose!! I am sure that your teaching career must have been certainly very illustrious and as a great teacher .. you must be a consistent learner also!
      To apply for the Global Teacher Prize: Please refer to
      You can read more about the National Award for Teachers here
      You can read more about the Milken Award here

  2. I felt it good this is required to motive the teachers as the teachers are the people who mold the future of any country.

    1. Thanks Jennie for reading the blog and we certainly agree with you that the teachers craft the future of any country.
      With great powers.. come great responsibility!! Its the responsibility of the teachers to continuously upgrade their skills through professional development. The awards that we have mentioned above also recognize these criterion.

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