Awards and Grants

AFLTA gives Awards and Grants to members each year and the process has changed.

Do you think YOU might be the right person to receive an award, including Arkansas Teacher of the Year? We do.

Historically, awards have relied on a nomination process by another AFLTA member. While we know it may be difficult to toot your own horn, we don't want all awards to be dependent on recognition and nomination from others. We have a state full of amazing teachers that we want to recognize. While nominations can still be made, we have changed our procedure to allow the ability for members to apply to be considered for Teacher of the Year and to self-nominate for other awards.

  • Members may apply for the Teacher of the Year and/or self-nominate for other awards.
  • Members may still nominate another member for awards.
  • McAlpine Educator of Excellence is a nomination-only award.
  • All applications, nominations, and supporting evidence are due Wednesday, September 18.
  • Members accepting awards and grants are highly encouraged to attend the 2019 Fall Conference for recognition.

Awards: Please visit other pages for full descriptions, requirements, and rubrics used in the selection process.

Grants: Two grants up to $500 are awarded each year to support member professional development. To read more about grants and to apply, visit the Grants page.

Professional Development Grants

Please consider applying and/or submitting nominations for one of the five AFLTA Awards or applying for a grant. Announcements will be made October 4 at the annual conference in Hot Springs!

Please direct all questions and submit supporting documents to