National Jazz Festival's Educator of the Year Award is awarded to an exemplary middle or high school educator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to students and to jazz music education. The awardee models best practices in teaching inside and outside of the classroom and demonstrates outstanding leadership and excellence in education. Recipient of the Jazz Educator of the Year is nominated online and then selected by the NJF Educator Award Committee. Previous winners of the award will not be considered.
The 2023 Award winner was Jared Jones of Washington Junior High School, Bentonville AR
Deadline to nominate is January 19, 2024.
Any or all of these criteria will influence the committee's decision:
- The nominee’s effectiveness as an exceptionally well prepared and talented teacher of jazz music and the extent of his/her success in inspiring and engaging students in their own learning, both in and out of the classroom
- The nominee’s contributions to the school and/or community that have greatly enhanced the emotional and intellectual life of students
- The extent to which the nominee’s work has had a particularly profound influence on students’ learning, whatever their musical strengths or weaknesses
- Innovative teaching activities during COVID restrictions on schools
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The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on February 10, 2024 in Philadelphia, PA