PAEMST: Nominate a Teacher

As we approach the final months of the school year and make plans for student and staff recognitions and awards, I challenge you to think bigger than your campus and even bigger than your district.  What state or national awards have you supported your teachers to pursue through nomination?  Have you considered nominating one of your own for the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)?  Known as The Nation’s Highest Honors for Teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM, including Computer Science), this award boasts 35 years of recognizing excellent teaching.

One of the lasting benefits of the award includes an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.  Which of your teachers would take this chance and use the network to truly impact teaching and learning?

We know, according to the Visioning Document‘s Article IV: Accountability for Learning … IV.h End results are not the only results that matter, for some results are set as goals that, if achieved first, would enhance the end result.  And, one of our leadership practice considerations, as articulated in the Framework for Vision-Driven Instruction and Leadership reads: How is staff success/mastery recognized?

This year, the PAEMST focuses on teachers of K-6.  In 2019, secondary (7-12) teachers will have the opportunity to apply, as the grade bands alternate every other year.

The PAEMST Timeline

  • April 1, 2018 – Nominations close
  • May 1, 2018 – Applications due

PAEMST by the Numbers

  • 50 – Nominees must teach students no less than 50% of the school’s allotted instructional time.
  • 5 – Nominees must 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 this school year.
  • 25 – In Texas, eligible teachers who submit a completed application by the May 1, 2018, application deadline will be awarded 25 continuing professional education (CPE) hours.
  • 6 – Every year, PAEMST selects up to six finalists at the state level.
  • 10,000 – Recipients of the award receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.  In addition, they receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.

The Nation’s Highest Honors for Teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM, including Computer Science)

Applications are evaluated on the following five Dimensions of Outstanding Teaching:

  • Mastery of content appropriate to grade level taught.
  • Use of instructional methods and strategies that are appropriate for the students in the classroom and that support student learning.
  • Effective use of student assessments to evaluate, monitor, and improve student learning.
  • Reflective practice and life-long learning to improve teaching and student learning.
  • Leadership in education outside the classroom.

Which of your educators will you nominate for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching?  Visit or this link to learn more.

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