Do you know an amazing educator in Massachusetts? DESE is happy to announce three award opportunities for schools and districts to recognize educators for the pivotal role they play in service to students across the Commonwealth. We encourage you to nominate a educator for one of these awards.
The President Award for Excellent in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. Anyone--principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public--may nominate exceptional mathematics or science teachers who are currently teaching grades K–6 for the 2017-2018 award year. Teachers may also apply directly at www.paemst.org.
The Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2018 and the Application Deadline is May 1, 2018, for elementary school teachers (grades K-6). Secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) will be eligible to apply during a future cycle.
History Teacher of the Year
The History Teacher of the Year award is open to any full-time educator of grades K–12 who teaches American history (including state and local history). American history may be taught as an individual subject or as part of other subjects, such as social studies, reading, or language arts. Requirements for applying for the award are as follows:· The nominated teacher must have at least three years of classroom teaching experience.
· Nominees must be planning to teach for at least one year following the award year.
· Past state and national winners are not eligible.
· Self-nominations are not accepted.
The 2018 award will honor exceptional elementary and secondary school teachers. Eligible generalist and specialist teachers in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools, and US Territories are encouraged to apply. You can find more information, including the application, at https://www.gilderlehrman.org/content/national-history-teacher-year.
Distinguished Educator Recognition
The Distinguished Educator Recognition program is looking to recognize secondary educators (grades 6-12) relatively new to the profession who demonstrate unique instructional and leadership ability. Such educators exemplify teaching at its best and their contributions have a profound impact on students, colleagues, and the community. Individuals are encouraged to recommend one to three educators who have not received major recognition beyond their school or district for this honor. You can go to http://www.doe.mass.edu/educators/recognition/distinguished.html to get more information!