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Robert E. Yager Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award

Awards to USA K-12 Educators in Multiple
States for Contributions to Science Education

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National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Deadline Date:

12/10/17 Receipt


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Awards to multiple USA states and territories K-12 educators to recognize outstanding innovation in science education. This award recognizes exemplary teachers who demonstrate a passion for education and their continued professional development. This program also seeks to make high-quality science education accessible to students of the 21st century and beyond.

In 2017-18, 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, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

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.

The individual awardees 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.

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 Conference on Science Education, and a plaque.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals who apply for this award must be a current K-12 classroom science educator in one of NSTA’s districts.

In 2017-18, Districts II, IV, VIII, X, XIV, XVI are eligible.

In 2018–19, Districts III, V, IX, XI, XV, XVII are eligible.

In 2019-20, 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; XIII – NM, OK, TX; XIV – AZ, CO, UT; XV – ID, MT, WY; XVI – CA, HI, NV, AS, GU, TPI; XVII – AK, OR, WA; XVIII - Canada

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must include three letters of support from individuals and groups who are familiar with the applicant’s work.

Completed applications must be received by December 15, 2017.

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

A recording of the "Developing a Competitive Teacher Award Application" webinar may be found here:

Contact Information:

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



National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington VA 22201

P: 703.243.7100
F: 703.243.7177

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Geographic Focus:

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

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)