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Robert E. Yager Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award

Awards to USA K-12 Science Teachers in Multiple States and Territories
for Contributions to Science Education in the Classroom

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National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Deadline Date:

12/10/20 Receipt


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Awards valued at up to $2,000 to USA K-12 science teachers in eligible states and territories to recognize outstanding innovation in science education. Award recipients will receive a prize of $1,000 as well as up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend a national conference. This award honors exemplary teachers who strive to increase the accessibility of science education for students.

The Robert E. Yager Exemplary Teaching Award acknowledges teachers who share Robert Yager’s passion for education and continued professional development. This award also honors Robert Yager’s effort to make excellent science education accessible to students of the 21st century and beyond. Awardees will have exhibited exemplary innovation in the field of science education, and embody the mission statement of NSTA. 

The award will include $1,000 towards expenses to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education, and $1,000 for the awardee. The awardees will present at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. They  will be invited to attend and present at their grade band share-a-thon at the National Conference, attend the district director meet-and-greet, attend and participate in their NSTA District Director Leadership retreat. 

In 2020–21, Districts II, IV, VIII, X, XIV, XVI are eligible. These districts include: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam, And Territory of the Pacific Islands.

Among the criteria to be considered by the committee are:

  • Exhibited excellence and innovation in the field of science education;
  • Effective planning and presentation skills;
  • Ability to motivate and challenge students;
  • Proficiency in science and science education (e.g., publications, presentations);
  • Participation in professional growth activities, leadership roles, and involvement at professional meetings; and
  • Support NGSS and/or national science education standards. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156686

Number of Grants:

Six awardees will be selected annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The individual awardees will receive a $1,000 award, up to $1,000 for travel expenses to attend the NSTA National Congress on Science Education, and a plaque. They will be asked to present at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education, with their presentation videotaped for future use. The awardees will be invited to attend and present at their grade band share a thon at the National Conference, attend the district director meet and greet, attend and participate in their NSTA District Director Leadership retreat.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility: K–12 science teachers working in one of NSTA's districts who exemplify exemplary innovation in the field of science education.

Individuals who apply for this award must be a current K-12 classroom science educator in one of the following districts:

- In 2020–21, Districts II, IV, VIII, X, XIV, XVI are eligible.
- In 2021–22, Districts III, V, IX, XI, XV, XVII are eligible.
- In 2022–23, Districts I, VI, VII, XII, XIII, and XVIII are eligible.

NSTA Districts:
I – CT, MA, RI; II – ME, NH, VT; III – DE, DC, MD; IV – NJ, NY, PA; V – AL, GA, FL, PR, VI; VI – NC, SC, TN;
VII – AR, LA, MS; VIII – KY, VA, WV; IX – MN, ND, SD; X – IN, MI, OH; XI – KS, MO, NE; XII – IL, IA, WI;
XVIII - Canada

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications must be received by December 10, 2020.

The awardee will be presented the award at the Teacher Awards Banquet at the National Conference.

Applications should support NGSS and/or national science education standards.

Please be advised that you may apply for more than one award; however, you are eligible to win only one NSTA award per year. Each application must be based on a unique program and process. Submission of the same idea and materials to different NSTA award programs will result in the disqualification of all applications. If your idea or project has received an NSTA award in the past, that idea or project is not eligible to receive an additional award.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Hawaii;   Indiana;   Kentucky;   Maine;   Michigan;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   Ohio;   Pennsylvania;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   West Virginia

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)

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