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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching


Sponsored by National Science Foundation

Contact:National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22230

Phone: 703.292.5111
Description:The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through grade 12 mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Awards are given to teachers from each of the 50 states and four US jurisdictions, including Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, Department of Defense Education Activity schools, and the US territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands).

Elementary and secondary educators are awarded in alternating years. In the current year, the PAEMST program accepts applications from grade 7 through 12 teachers of mathematics and science, including computer science. To be eligible, applicants must: teach the aforementioned subjects in a public, charter, or private school, hold a bachelorís degree, be a full-time employee of a school and teach students at least 50 percent of the time, have at least five years of full-time teaching experience, be a US citizen or permanent resident, and must not have received the PAEMST award at the national level in any prior competition.

Principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public may nominate exceptional teachers by completing the nomination form online. Nominated teachers receive an invitation to begin the application process. Note that teachers may also initiate the application process themselves.

Each application is evaluated based on the following Five Dimensions of Outstanding Teaching:
1. Mastery of content knowledge appropriate for grade level taught.
2. Use of instructional methods and strategies that are appropriate for the students in the classroom and that support student learning.
3. Effective use of assessment strategies to evaluate, monitor, and improve student learning.
4. Reflective practice and life-long learning to improve teaching and student learning.
5. Leadership in education outside the classroom.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter
Award(s):Grants of $10,000 are awarded.
Deadline(s):Nominations are due April 1, 2017, and applications are due May 1, 2017.
Focus:Computer Science, Professional Development, STEM
Grade Level(s):Adult
Content Area(s): Mathematics, Science
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