The Walt Disney Co. is searching for 45 dynamic, creative teachers willing to go the extra step to inspire, motivate, and educate students for the company’s 2004 DisneyHand Teacher Awards. DisneyHand is the worldwide philanthropic initiative of Disney. The nominees will be recognized at a four-day extravaganza at the Disneyland Resort, where they will take part in special events and unique professional development workshops focused on innovative approaches to teaching and learning through leadership development. The festivities will culminate in an awards gala, where an Outstanding Teacher of the Year will be chosen from among the 45 nominees. DisneyHand will award $25,000 to the Outstanding Teacher of the Year, with the Outstanding Teacher’s school receiving $10,000. All 45 honorees will receive $10,000 each, with their respective schools receiving $5,000. In addition to the awards ceremony and monetary contributions, the teachers and their principals will attend a workshop in October 2004 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, where they will learn how to share their creative teaching practices and develop an action plan focused on improving professional collaboration and teacher learning in their schools during the 2004-05 school year. Students, former students, students’ parents, principals, members of the community, or co-workers may submit nominations. No nominations will be accepted before Aug. 15.

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