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

Awards to USA K-6 Teachers for Excellence
in STEM and Computer Education

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Awards of $10,000 to USA and territories teachers for outstanding STEM and computer science instruction in grades K-6. This award is intended to honor teachers who have both extensive content knowledge of the subjects that they teach and the ability to enable and motivate students to be successful in those areas.

Each year, the President of the United States recognizes outstanding individuals who teach mathematics and science at either the elementary or secondary grade level and bestows upon them the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).  Awardees 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:
  • Mastery of content appropriate for the grade level taught.
  • Use of effective instructional methods and strategies that are appropriate for the students in the classroom and that support student learning.
  • Effective use of student assessment to evaluate, monitor, and improve student learning.
  • Reflective practice and life-long learning to improve teaching and student learning.
  • Leadership in education inside and outside of the classroom.

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Up to 108 teachers are recognized each year. PAEMST selects up to six finalists at the state level.

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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 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or 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 prior to the 2019-2020 academic school year during which science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science has been a part of the applicant's teaching duties each of the five years;
- 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:

Nominations close on March 1, 2020. For a teacher to apply for the award, the deadline is May 1, 2020.

Anyone—principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public—may nominate exceptional individuals who teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science in grades K-6 for this award year.

There is a two-tier review:
- At the state level, coordinators convene selection committees, which include prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics/science education researchers, 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 and forward these applications to NSF for national review. State selection committees score their applications using the review criteria and scoring information presented in this application packet.
- At the national level, NSF convenes a national selection committee composed of prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics/science education researchers, district level personnel, and classroom teachers. The national committee reviews state finalists’ applications and recommends to NSF up to two finalists 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 background check.

Applicants are provided opportunities for mentoring. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of mentoring opportunities. Many states offer the opportunity for applicants to connect with a mentor during the application cycle and prior to submission for the state level review. Applicants can request a mentor from their State Coordinator through the application portal by clicking on the Mentor Information tab.

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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:

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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)

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