OSSE is calling for the nomination of outstanding teachers of mathematics and science to be considered for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The Presidential Awards are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government, specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. They seek to recognize teachers who demonstrate:
- Mastery of mathematics or science content appropriate for the grade level taught;
- Use of instructional methods and strategies that are appropriate for students in the class and that support student learning;
- Effective use of student assessments to evaluate, monitor, and improve student learning;
- Reflective practice and life-long learning to improve teaching and student learning; and
- Leadership in education outside the classroom.
For the 2018 awards, OSSE is seeking exceptional elementary (Grades K-6) mathematics and science teachers for consideration. Recipients of the Presidential award receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, invitations to a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, and an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.
Principals, teachers, parents, students, and members of the general public are encouraged to nominate exceptional elementary mathematics and science teachers by the deadline of Sunday, April 1, 2018. The nomination for can be found here. Nominations may be submitted for more than one teacher. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves. Once nominated, the deadline for nominees to apply for consideration is Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
For more information about the PAEMST award program, including eligibility criteria, please visit the official PAEMST website at PAEMST.org.