Award Programs

Teacher and Principal of the Year Programs

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Calling all excellent teachers and leaders - APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS

The Louisiana Department of Education recognizes that great teachers and school leaders are critical to student success. Annually, the Department, in partnership with Dream Teachers and the Louisiana Association of Principals, recognizes and celebrates the some of the state’s most exceptional educators through the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs. These programs provide an opportunity to acknowledge those teachers and leaders who are making exceptional gains with students. Their commitment to student success exemplifies Louisiana’s teaching profession.

The Teacher and Principal of the Year application process for the 2018-2019 school year is now open. All applications, materials, and the timeline may be accessed through the Teacher and Principal of the Year library.

All school systems are encouraged to select up to three teachers and three principals, one per division (elementary, middle, and high) as their local-level honorees and submit these selections to the state process. School systems without a formal selection process in place may elect to send their candidates directly to the state-level process.

State-level applications are due by January 23, 2019 and will be submitted via an online application portal which will open in late 2018. 

The current Teacher and Principal of the Year state-level winners were honored and celebrated at the 12th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Awards Gala on July 27, 2018. Congratulations to these outstanding educators! 

To view previous Teacher and Principal of the Year honorees, visit the library.

For questions about the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs, email

Students of the Year Awards Program

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The Department of Education recognizes that many outstanding students are enrolled in public, private, or charter schools throughout the state of Louisiana. To acknowledge these accomplishments, the Department, in conjunction with the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, annually honors one incredible fifth, eighth, and twelfth grade student based on their leadership, academic performance, achievements, citizenship, and service to the school and community.

Students are selected by their school and submitted to the local education agency/diocese level; these nominees are then forwarded to a Regional Selection Committee. The resulting eighteen finalists then compete at the state level. The winner of the three grade levels are announced on the evening of the final day of competition.

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US Senate Youth Program

Two Louisiana juniors or seniors will be chosen to attend the U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D. C. and will also receive a $10,000 education scholarship. Student nominees, chosen by their schools, must submit an application and a portfolio of required information to the Louisiana Department of Education by October 5, 2018. Please read the National Brochure and Louisiana Logistics Memo for more information including eligibility requirements and the application process. Finalists will be notified by the end of October and delegates will be announced by the Hearst Foundation in mid-December.

Sponsored by the Hearst Foundations.