The Noble Network of Charter Schools is today announcing the first 20 recipients of its newly created Distinguished Teacher program. Distinguished Teacher provides an industry-changing approach to celebrating and rewarding teachers who are achieving an exceptional impact with students. Among other benefits, each Distinguished Teacher will receive $10,000 annually for as long as they remain teachers at Noble. 

“Said in the simplest way, Distinguished Teacher is a program designed to identify, celebrate, reward, and learn from Noble’s most impactful teachers,” said Constance Jones, CEO of Noble. ”Part of our mission at Noble calls for creative classroom spaces that are transformational and empower students to lead exemplary lives. To this end, we invested years in research seeking the best ways to honor and reward teachers who have consistently achieved exceptional outcomes for our young people.”

The 2018-2019 Noble Distinguished teachers are:

Ellen Metz, head of schools for Noble, added, “This program sets a new path in education that elevates the teaching profession. Distinguished Teachers will help inform teacher development and support across Noble. Too often the highest impact teachers feel compelled to exit the classroom. Noble aims to mitigate this national trend through the DT program.”

Distinguished Teachers must be in at least their fourth year teaching at Noble, having exemplified Noble’s core values and traits in five key areas:

These Distinguished Teachers applied for the program in January, first submitting written narratives and a portfolio of artifacts including comprehensive data. Finalists then participated in classroom observations and debriefs, student surveys, a panel interview, and reference checks over the course of four months. Read more about the rigorous application process, and unique program aspects here:    

Facts about this group of Distinguished Teacher recipients:

“What we learned in our external and internal work is that great teaching is complex, there’s no single data-point or observation rubric that can identify it, and there’s a diverse range of ways in which people achieve incredible impact with students,” said Kyle Cole, chief academic officer at Noble. “This premier group of educators will serve to inform teacher development and support at Noble moving forward, raising our collective impact on the students we serve.”

Tanya Klinkhachorn, director of talent at Noble, added, “We want Noble to be a place that teachers know they can have a long-term career in the classroom. The Distinguished Teacher program is an important step toward this being a reality for even more of our incredible educators.”

The Distinguished Teacher designation will come with several clearly defined benefits:

“Noble has fostered an ever-changing approach to teaching that matches the limitless potential of our students,” said Metz. “Distinguished Teacher will allow us to take this approach to a new level by highlighting the people, codifying the practices, and then leveraging Distinguished Teachers to collaborate or train others. We know the impact on classrooms across our network and beyond will be immense.”

Jones concluded, “Noble has continuously raised the bar in education, from our interim assessments, college tools, and ACT results to our high school culture and health and fitness programs. We feel strongly that Distinguished Teacher will soon be added to this list as a program for recognizing and retaining top talent, identifying and rewarding a diverse definition of classroom excellence, and codifying and learning from incredible teaching.”

Check out some additional photos from Noble’s Distinguished Teachers Below:

At Noble, we are college bound. As the largest charter public school network in Chicago, Noble’s high school program exposes our students to higher education options and guides them through the collegiate application process. Through college trips, college fairs, summer college immersion programs and required academic courses, Noble demystifies the college experience and shapes students’ beliefs and confidence about higher education.

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