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Exceptional Education Leaders
2023 Talent Pool Recommendation

California Department of Education

This is a confidential process. Individuals should not be aware of this recommendation.
Incomplete forms will be eliminated from the process.
We invite you to recommend distinguished classroom teachers and/or principals. We are focusing on grade six through twelve educators who have demonstrated all of the following criteria this cycle, but we will accept submissions for elementary educators who meet these requirements as well:

- Exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective instructional practices and student learning results in the classroom and school;

- Exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide models of excellence for the profession;

- Individuals whose contributions to education are largely unheralded yet worthy of the spotlight;

- Early- to mid-career educators who offer strong long-range potential for professional and policy leadership; and

- Engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues, and the community.
Please complete a separate survey for each individual you wish to nominate, including a one-page letter explaining how this person meets the above criteria. See the Exceptional Education Leaders letter on the CDE Year 2023 Letters web page.
All questions are required except those that are marked as optional. Incomplete forms will be eliminated from the process.
To ensure compliance with data privacy laws and best practices, please refrain from including personally identifiable student information when citing examples of the nominee’s impact. When citing examples involving non-student members of the school/community, please be mindful of the sensitivity of information being shared and—whenever possible—seek permission to share stories that are not your own.