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    More than 200 teachers were nominated, and after a thorough review process, 10 were chosen as the first ever recipients of the “Excellence In Teaching Award.” CMSD, the George Gund Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, and the Cleveland Teachers Union are partners in the program, which recognizes and rewards teachers who demonstrate instructional expertise, creativity, and innovation in their classrooms. An awards gala was held at the Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown – the site of the former board of education – on November 10 for an evening to honor the remarkable teachers and help inspire others.

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    The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes and rewards Cleveland Metropolitan School District teachers who demonstrate instructional expertise, creativity and innovation in their classrooms; who make learning engaging, vibrant and relevant for students; and whose work and accomplishments set a standard of excellence for all teachers. Its purpose is to elevate the teaching profession, to motivate and inspire teachers, to allow teachers to share best educational practices with their peers, and to enhance the reputation of teachers in Cleveland.

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    The Cleveland school district and three other organizations recognized 10 of its top teachers with its first-ever Excellence in Teaching awards Thursday night.

    The district, Cleveland Teachers Union and the Cleveland and Gund foundations jointly started the awards to "reward teachers who demonstrate instructional expertise, creativity and innovation, make learning engaging, vibrant and relevant and set a standard for quality."

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    We are thrilled to unite with The George Gund Foundation, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), and the Cleveland Teachers Union, to honor outstanding educators within Cleveland public schools.

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    Teams descended on CMSD schools Friday, surprising and honoring 10 teachers for outstanding classroom practices that the teachers will now share with their peers.

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