CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The National Science Foundation is accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Recipients each receive $10,000 over three years from the National Science Foundation, which administers the program, and an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony. The week-long celebration also includes professional development.
Established by Congress in 1983, the annual program identifies highly qualified kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics and science teachers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Territories and the U.S. Department of Defense Schools. Up to 108 candidates are chosen every year from each state and district by a panel of scientists, mathematicians and educators on the basis of their teaching performance, background and experience.
The 2012 awards will honor math and science teachers working in grades K-6. Teachers of grades 7 through 12 will be honored in 2013. Nominations for 2012 close April 1. Teachers who are nominated will be contacted and then have until May 1 to complete an application. Anyone can nominate a teacher, including other teachers, principals, students, past students, parents and community members at https://www.paemst.org/nomination/nominate.
To be eligible, teachers must
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