Each year, the 9/11 Tribute Center honors teachers who create exemplary educational projects that help students understand the impact of 9/11.
Few teachers throughout the country are supported in their efforts to teach about 9/11. The 9/11 Tribute Center has made it a priority to collect, reward and share the creativity and commitment of teachers that have taken the challenge and made tremendous accomplishments in their school.
Award-winning teachers have engaged students in unique projects that focus on historical and humanitarian aspects of 9/11 history, making the lessons of 9/11 tangible to children too young to remember. Projects often engage students in researching, discussing, analyzing and understanding 9/11. These award-winning projects enabled students to experience 9/11 as a lesson in civic engagement using language arts, history, civics, visual and media arts, and community service.
I was incredibly moved by the ceremony and by the opportunity to hear the stories that the other teachers shared about their work in the classroom. My students that accompanied me to the ceremony were also very touched by the speeches that they heard.”
-Steven Seltz, High school teacher from Brooklyn, NY
Awardees receive a monetary gift for their school and a Certificate of Merit at a formal ceremony held at the 9/11 Tribute Center. Each gift is donated by a 9/11 family foundation. The awards are presented by a Regent of the New York State Education Department. The ceremony takes place on February 26, in tribute to the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.
Over the years the Teacher Awards program has been made possible by the generous support of several family foundations who are committed to supporting education:
- The Brooke Jackman Foundation
- The Christopher Slattery September 11th Memorial Foundation
- The Greg Richards, Larry Polatsch, Scott Weingard Memorial Fund (GLS Memorial Fund)
- The Michael J. Armstrong Memorial Foundation
- The Mullan family in memory of Firefighter Michael D. Mullan
- The Terence D. Gazzani 9/11 Scholarship Fund
- The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund
- The Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust