OEST awards are given for “exceptional contributionsto the stimulation of interest in the earth sciences at the secondary level.”Middle school and high-school teachers are eligible. Ten national finalists areselected, one from each NAGT regional section. Some sections also recognizestate winners. Individuals may apply themselves or nominate a colleague for theaward.
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching(PAEMST) is the highest award a K-12 mathematics or science teacher may receivefor outstanding teaching in the United States. This award is given to mathematicsand science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions (WashingtonD.C.; Puerto Rico; Department of DefenseSchools; and the U.S.territories as a group: American Samoa, Guam,the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands,and the U.S. Virgin Islands). In 2008,elementary teachers (K-6) may apply. Grades 7-12 teachers will be eligible to apply for the 2009 awards.
The Amgen Award for ScienceTeaching Excellence (AASTE) is an annual awards program that recognizesextraordinary contributions by K-12 educators across the United States and Canada who are elevating the levelof science literacy through creativity in the classroom and motivation ofstudents. An independent panel of judges selects the winners based on thefollowing criteria: creativity of teaching methods; effectiveness in theclassroom; plans for the use of grant money to improve science educationresources in their schools; submission of a science lesson plan showcasinginnovative methods in the classroom; and a plan for dissemination/sharing thelesson plan with other teachers. Thirty-two science teachers will be awarded anunrestricted cash grant of $5,000, and their schools will receive a restrictedgrant of $5,000 to be used to expand or enhance the school’s science program,purchase new science resources, or further the professional development oftheir science teachers.
The ING Unsung Heroes program helpsthose who have a creative, unique educational program that is helping studentsreach new heights, or helps fund projects that educators would like toimplement.
J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism invites U.S. nonprofit groups and educationorganizations to apply for funding to launch participatory news ventures and toshare best practices and lessons learned from their efforts through theJ-NewVoices.org web site.
The purpose of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness forUndergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is to support early college preparation andawareness activities for low-income students. Awards are offered in two categories: state grants and partnershipgrants. State grants carry a maximumaward of $3 million, and partnership grants have an award limit of $7 million.
This grant supports classroom teachers who undertake actionresearch inquiries about literacy and instruction. Grants will be awarded up to$5,000, although priority will be given to smaller grants (e.g., $1,000 to$2,000) in order to provide support for as many teacher researchers aspossible.
With a series of small beeps from a spiky globe 50 years ago lastmonth, the world shrank–and humanity’s view of Earth and the cosmosexpanded. Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, was launched by theSoviets and circled the globe Oct. 4, 1957. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this important historical milestone, several educational organizations have offered free online resources for teaching about itsimpact. For example, history teachers can give students an in-depth look at the impact that Sputnik’s launch had on the United States and the Soviet Union, and how it helped to escalate the Cold War arms race,with “History and the Headlines: Sputnik Escalates the Cold War,” the latest featured topic in ABC-CLIO’s series of free online history resources. Developed in partnership with The History Channel and National History Day, the site includes primary sources, video clips,expert analysis, and engaging activities to help students explore the conflict that held the world in its grip for nearly 50 years. The free collection will be available online until Dec. 1.
The Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award isgiven to educators who demonstrate exemplary efforts to help parents andchildren achieve their academic and non-academic goals.
Thesixth annual scholarship program for high-school seniors is designed to promoteand encourage entrepreneurship endeavors among teenagers in America. Award recipients attend the university,college, community college or career institute of their choice with $1,000 intuition assistance from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation. Five studentswill be named finalist winners and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. One ofthe five finalists will be named the 2008 Young Entrepreneur of the Year andwill be awarded an additional $5,000 for a total scholarship award of $10,000.