Oregon Department of Education
Working Gears


The Oregon Department of Education recognizes educators who have made significant contributions to Oregon education. Please explore the links on this page to learn more about educator recognition opportunities.

Educator Talent Pool Oregon Educator Talent Pool
This is a collection of information about some of the top educators in Oregon that is used as a reference for awards, publicity, committee development, and other recognition opportunities.

Milken Award Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award
This award is given to teachers nation wide who have shown exceptional educational talent and promise and distinguished achievement in developing innovative educational curricula.

Teacher of the Year Teacher of the Year
The Teacher of the Year is selected annually to represent Oregon's teachers and students. This educator has demonstrated leadership, instructional expertise, understanding of educational issues, and vision.

NBCT National Board Certified Teachers
National Board Certification is a demonstration of a teacher's practice as measured against high and rigorous standards.

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    Office of the Deputy Superintendent - Administrative Specialist