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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

Awards to USA K-6 Teachers for Excellence
in Science and Mathematics Education

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Awards of $10,000 to USA teachers for outstanding mathematics and science instruction in grades K-6. Nominations are due April 1. The purpose of this award is to honor teachers who have developed and implemented high-quality instructional programming that enhances student learning and is informed by knowledge of content.

Each year, the President of the United States recognizes outstanding individuals who teach mathematics and science at the kindergarten through 6th grade or 7th through 12th grade level, and bestows upon them the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

Awards are given to teachers in each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, and the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). The PAEMST program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

In 2017-2018, the PAEMST program will accept applications from kindergarten – 6th grade mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers.

The more than 4,800 awardees selected since the program’s inception in 1983 are a premier group of teachers who have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. While many awardees return to their classrooms, others move on to positions in school administration, become involved in preparing future teachers at the college level, or work in teacher professional development. They remain professionally active in a variety of ways.

In addition to teaching, they contribute to the development of instructional and assessment resources, serve as mentors to students and other teachers, participate as writers and reviewers of state and local curricula, and compose books and publish articles, among other endeavors. Collectively, they reflect the expertise and dedication of the Nation’s teaching corps, and they demonstrate the positive impact of excellent teachers on student achievement.

After eligibility is confirmed and technical specifications are met, each application will be evaluated using the following Five Dimensions of Outstanding Teaching:
-Dimension One: Mastery of content appropriate for the grade level taught.
-Dimension Two: Use of instructional methods and strategies that are appropriate for the students in the classroom and that support student learning.
-Dimension Three: Effective use of student assessment to evaluate, monitor, and improve student learning.
-Dimension Four: Reflective practice and life-long learning to improve teaching and student learning.
-Dimension Five: Leadership in education outside the classroom.

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This award may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.

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Recipients of the award receive the following:
-A certificate signed by the President of the United States.
-A paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
-A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
-An opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
-Teach mathematics or science (including computer science) as part of their contracted teaching responsibilities at the K-6 grade level in a public (including charter) or private school;
-Hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;
-Be full-time employees of the school or school district as determined by state and district policies, with responsibilities for teaching students no less than 50% of the school’s allotted instructional time;
-Have at least five years of full-time employment as a K-12 teacher during which mathematics or science (including computer science) has been a part of the applicant’s teaching duties prior to the 2017-2018 academic school year;
-Teach in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands);
-Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; and
-Not have received the PAEMST award at the national level in any prior competition or category.

Pre-Application Information:

Anyone—principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public—may nominate exceptional mathematics or science (including computer science) teachers teaching in grades K-6 for this award year.

The nomination deadline is April 1, 2018. Teachers should be nominated as soon as possible after nominations open giving nominees ample time to prepare an application.

Once a teacher is nominated or initiates the application process, the teacher will receive an email invitation to continue the application process. The invitation will include login information for accessing the online application system.

The application is due online by May 1, 2018.

All applications will be subjected to the following review process:

At the State level, coordinators convene local selection committees, which include prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics/science educators, district level personnel, and classroom teachers. These committees select up to three finalists from each award category (mathematics or science) for recognition at the state level. To ensure consistency across the country, all state selection committees will score their applications using the review criteria and scoring information presented in the 2017-2018 Application Packet.

At the national level, NSF convenes a national selection committee composed of prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics/science educators, district level personnel, and classroom teachers that reviews the applications of the state finalists and recommends to NSF up to two finalists in mathematics or science from each state or jurisdiction. The Director of NSF then submits the recommendations to the Director of OSTP. All finalists will be subject to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check.

PAEMST winners are typically announced and honored the year following the receipt of the application.

Awardees will be honored during recognition events that take place in Washington, D.C. These events include an award ceremony, professional development opportunities, and discussions with policy-makers on how to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Learn more about the event, and current awardees, on the PAEMST Recognition Program Web site:

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State coordinators for the PAEMST program are available to answer questions about the awards program and provide assistance and mentoring to applicants. You can find your state coordinator on the PAEMST website:

If you have difficulty contacting your state coordinator, please contact the PAEMST Team at:

For technical assistance, contact:
(855) 723-6780

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)