Standing Ovation first debuted in 2010 and continues to shine a spotlight on DC Public Schools' talented teachers, leaders, staff, and school communities.

This unique celebration honors all of the Highly Effective teachers, leaders, and school staff in DC Public Schools—over 2,700 and growing! And, thanks to the generosity of David M. Rubinstein, 29 awards totaling $230,00 are presented to particularly outstanding educators and school communities.


1. Nominations 

Do you know a teacher, librarian, custodian, principal, or entire school community who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding work? Nominate them for a Standing Ovation award between June 1 and September 8, 2017! 


2. Selection Process 

At the close of nominations, DC Ed Fund and DCPS contact nominees with information and next steps. The selection process varies slightly for each award but includes an online application for most nominees.


3. Surprise Announcements

Selection panel teams review applications, narrow down finalists, conduct school visits, and interview candidates. DC Ed Fund and DCPS then surprise award winners about 1-2 months before Standing Ovation.


4. Celebrate at Standing Ovation!

At Standing Ovation, the DC community comes together to celebrate DCPS' incredible teachers, school staff, leaders, and school communities. The 2018 celebration takes place at a brand new venue - The Anthem!