Recognizing Excellence in Teaching
2012 The Alan R. Barton Excellence in Teaching Award winners
Educational Research clearly documents that the quality of teaching is the most significant in-school determinant of student success. Students who have effective teachers make significant gains in learning; students who have ineffective teachers fail to make significant gains in learning. What teachers know and can do determines what children learn.
The prestigious Alan R. Barton Excellence in Teaching Awards are presented annually to six outstanding teachers in grades K-12 from schools in the Mississippi Power service area. Nomination information is mailed to principals in October and nominations, which are limited to one per school, are due December. Winners are announced in January. The award includes $3,000 for the teacher, and $3,000 to be used at the teacher's discretion for supplies, equipment, and/or professional development.