Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award Application
Do you know an outstanding Jewish educator in greater New York City? Recognize their outstanding work by nominating them for the 2021 Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award.
The Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award celebrates forward thinking and innovative educators age 40 and under in metropolitan New York City, who demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to new ideas, and proven use of technology or other innovative approaches to inspire children, teens and families.
This year, we’re celebrating those who have gone above and beyond for their communities during these challenging times. Do you know an educator who has used digital tools to reimagine their curricula? Inspired youth to take action to promote racial justice in their community? Helped a child navigate mental health challenges? Nominate them today. All Nominees must submit their applications by Friday, January 15th, 2021 at 12 PM ET. *Submit your nominations EARLY to ensure nominees have ample time to work on their application materials.
This year, all nominees will be recognized at The Jewish Education Project’s Annual Benefit on March 22, 2021.
Meet last year’s recipients of the Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award.
*Nominees will receive an email from The Jewish Education Project, notifying them of their nomination.
Eligibility Criteria and Qualifications
Recipients will be chosen based on the following:
Demonstration of exceptional service to students and their school community during the COVID-19 pandemic
Alignment with The Jewish Education Project's mission to inspire and empower educators to create transformative Jewish experiences
History of involvement in The Jewish Education Project’s professional development programs
Work with children, teens (age 18 or under), or families in a Jewish educational context, including but not limited to: Early Childhood Education, Teen Engagement, Congregational / Complementary Learning, Day Schools, Family Engagement, Jewish Camp, Online Learning Environments
Work in New York City (all 5 boroughs), Westchester County or Long Island
Be age 40 or below on/before March 22, 2021
Be nominated by a supervisor, colleague or other professional contact
Be available to attend The Jewish Education Project's Virtual Benefit on March 22, 2020
Not have been employed by The Jewish Education Project as an employee since November 2019
A minimum of 2 years of experience working in Jewish education in either a part time or full time capacity
Nominators can only nominate one candidate
If a candidate receives multiple nominations, the first nomination received will be the one reviewed by the Young Pioneers Award review committees
Institutions can nominate one candidate per educational division. For example, a Jewish day school can nominate one candidate from their pre-school, elementary school, middle school, and high school divisions.
Family members (parents, spouses, siblings, children, aunts/uncles, cousins, etc.) cannot serve as nominators
Recipients and their organizations will receive
$1,000 Professional Development stipend for the award recipient
Special opportunities to connect with other innovative Jewish educators throughout the year
Public recognition at The Jewish Education Project Virtual Benefit and in promotional materials (Recipients will be featured in video profiles that will be shown at The Jewish Education Project Virtual Benefit and on our social media platforms)
Candidate applications will be reviewed by The Jewish Education Project staff and lay leaders in January 2021
Candidates will be notified of their application status in January 2021
Application Completion Tips:
The nominator and nominee applications DO NOT have a save feature. When you have finished your application, upload your completed responses to the application.
About The Award
The Young Pioneers Award is named for Robert M. Sherman, the CEO of The Jewish Education Project from 2007 until July 2019. During his tenure, he launched the Young Pioneers Award and several new initiatives at The Jewish Education Project. Since 2012, the Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award has recognized 40 Jewish educators from greater New York that push the boundaries in Jewish education. Recipients work in day schools, camps, youth groups, supplementary schools, community centers, seminaries and in foundation settings.
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Area of Work
- EC - Early Childhood
- FE - Family Engagement
- DS&Y - Day Schools and Yeshivas
- CL - Congregational Learning
- AS&B - After School and Beyond
- T - Teens