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2018 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE)

Awards to USA K-12 Public School Teachers
for Excellence in Environmental Education

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White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Deadline Date:

03/01/18 5:00 PM ET Hard Copy Receipt; or 11:59 PM ET Electronic Receipt


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Awards to USA and territories K-12 public school teachers to recognize outstanding contributions to environmental education. Applications are invited from teachers who use innovative approaches to teaching environmental concepts, or who use the environment as an educational tool.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administers this award to honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms and teaching methods.

Selection Criteria:

Teachers must have an outstanding record of teaching. Each of the factors below is meant to illustrate the applicant's record of teaching.  Applicants will be judged by the responses to the questions in each of these five factors, as well as their sample teaching materials and letters of support.

-How does the teacher make learning about the environment unique, fun and exciting for his or her students? For example, does the teacher using experiential or place-based learning in ways that go above and beyond the practices of other teachers?
-How does the teacher tailor his/her teaching methods to the needs of his/her student population?

-What positive changes has the teacher seen in students’ academic achievement and behavior or attitude because of their participating in the teacher’s environmental education program?

Service to the Community and Underserved Populations:
-Many schools are part of communities that are considered minority, indigenous, low-income and underserved populations. Communities and their schools may also be located in places that are heavily impacted by environmental pollution.
-How does the teacher extend environmental education beyond the classroom? Are the teacher’s students participating beyond the classroom in environmental, conservation, or earth science extracurricular or community based-projects and activities?
-How does the teacher inspire the surrounding community, including parents/guardians and members of the community, to participate in environmental education activities?

-How does the teacher serve as a model for students and teachers with his/her approaches to teaching about the environment?

-How does the teacher help to integrate environmental education into the broader school curriculum or coordinate environmental education with other teachers and academic subjects?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138628

Number of Grants:

Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive this award.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Teacher awardees will receive a Presidential award plaque and an award of up to $2,500 to be used to further the recipient's professional development in environmental education. Teacher awardees will also receive a congratulatory letter from a senior official from EPA and/or the White House.

The teacher's local education agency will also receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs (and not for construction costs, general expenses, salaries, bonuses, or other administrative expenses).

Honorable Mention recipients will receive certificates of recognition.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, teachers must meet the following eligibility requirements.
-Teach K-12 on a full-time basis in a public school that is operated by a local education agency  including schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education;
-Hold a current teaching license from the state (or valid reciprocity from the state for a license from another state);
-Have a minimum of 5 years of K-12 teaching experience, including at least 3 years of teaching environmental education and/or an environment-based curriculum;
-Anticipate a classroom teaching assignment involving environmental education for the upcoming school year;
-Be a citizen of the United States, its territories or possessions, or lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residency; and
-Has not been a recipient of this award in the past 5 years.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must include letters of support.

Emailed applications must be received by 11:59 PM ET on March 1, 2018.

Hard copies must be sent by a commercial delivery service and must be delivered by 5:00 PM ET on March 1, 2018, to be eligible for consideration.

Award winners and honorable mention recipients will be notified during the late spring or early summer following the application year.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email complete application packages to:

Use the subject line: “Application for 2017-2018 PIAEE”

Email submission is preferred; however, if you are unable to do so, a hard copy will also be accepted. Mail to:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Environmental Education
Attn: Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
William Jefferson Clinton Building North, Room 1426-A
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, MC 1704-A
Washington, DC 20460

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