The National Center for Family Literacy is accepting applications for the 2013 Toyota Teacher of the Year through Feb. 13.

The 17th annual Toyota Teacher of the Year will award $20,000 to the winning teacher’s program and provide a free trip to the 2013 National Conference on Family Literacy, which will be held here in Louisville April 28 through Aprirl 30, according to a news release.  

Here’s how it works:

The application, which is online here, is due Feb. 13. The winner will be chosen by a panel of NCFL family literacy specialists, who will identify high-performing teachers using the following criteria:

  • Serve families in a family literacy program, Title I school, preschool, library or community organization based in the United States.  
  • Serve parents and children with a strong intergenerational approach to helping them learn together and/or use innovative ways to engage parents in their children’s education;
  • Exhibit a record of success;
  • Have novel ideas for expanding their program to benefit families and/or reach to engage more families; and
  • Serve communities and families with high literacy and socioeconomic needs.

One runner-up will receive a $2,500 grant for his/her program and a scholarship to the conference, according to the release. Programs and schools may nominate as many as two educators, but must submit a separate online nomination form for each.

 For more information and guidelines, visit the Teacher of the Year website here.

 About the National Center for Family Literacy: The National Center for Family Literacy is the worldwide leader in family literacy. More than    1 million families have made positive educational and economic gains as a result of NCFL’s work, which includes training more than 150,000 teachers and thousands of volunteers. For more information, contact 1-877-FAMLIT-1 or visit

About the NCFL’s partnership with Toyota: Since 1991, Toyota and NCFL have forged successful programs to promote family literacy in the United States.  Today, the Toyota/NCFL partnership accounts for 256 family literacy sites in 50 cities and 30 states. As part of this partnership, the Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year award has been presented annually since 1997 and recognizes individual teachers’ contributions to improving literacy among youth and adults. Additional information on Toyota’s commitment to improving education nationwide is available at the company’s website here.