Teaching Awards

Program Awarded Amount Awarded Description
Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards program $3,500 Annually The Arch Coal Foundation seeks nominations of outstanding full-time K-12 teachers in West Virginia, Wyoming, and four counties in Utah (Carbon, Emery, Sanpete, and Sevier) for its annual teacher-recognition program.

The nominee must be an active full-time teacher with at least three years of experience. Eligible nominees include vocational, special education, and Title I teachers. Twenty-seven awardees will receive a $3,500 grant for personal use as well as widespread recognition.
AAAS Mentor Awards $5000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration, and reimbursement for reasonable travel and hotel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting. Yearly The two categories of the AAAS Mentor Awards (Lifetime Mentor Award and Mentor Award) both honor individuals who during their careers demonstrate extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering fields and careers. These groups include: women of all racial or ethnic groups; African American, Native American, and Hispanic men; and people with disabilities.

Both awards recognize an individual who has mentored and guided significant numbers of students from underrepresented groups to the completion of doctoral studies or who has impacted the climate of a department, college, or institution to significantly increase the diversity of students pursuing and completing doctoral studies. It is important to indicate in the nomination materials how the nominee's work resulted in departmental and/or institutional change in terms of the granting of PhDs to underrepresented students. This can be documented not only with quantitative data, but may also be demonstrated through the student and colleague letters of support.
AAPG Teacher of the Year Award The award includes $3,000 to the recipient's school and $3,000 for the recipient's personal use. In addition, the recipient will receive an expense-paid trip to the Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) to receive the award. Yearly, in December The Teacher of the Year award, given by the American Association for Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation, will once again be granted to a K-12 teacher within the United States who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of geoscience education. The final TOTY award winner will receive a $6000 award, which includes $3,000 for use under the teacher's supervision for educational purposes and $3,000 for personal use by the teacher. Also included will be an expense paid trip to the convention to receive the award. Local and regional selection of candidates will be made by AAPG's affiliated Societies and Sections.
Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award The winner will receive a commemorative trophy with his or her name engraved and a monetary award of $1,000. In addition, the Award winner's name will be placed on a plaque honoring past recipients that is housed in the Center for Space Education at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. $1,000 The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in partnership with the Space Foundation and NASA, annually presents the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award to recognize outstanding contributions by K-12 educators and district level personnel in the field of educational technology. Alan Shepard award recipients demonstrate excellence in the development and delivery of technology programs, which focus on aerospace and/or aeronautics. Applicants must explain how their programs ultimately benefit the students in their school or district. All K-12 school and district level educators from across the nation are eligible.
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program Each Einstein Fellow receives a monthly stipend of $6000.00 plus a $1000.00 monthly cost of living allowance. In addition, there is a moving/relocation allowance as well as a professional travel allowance. Yearly Attention current K-12 teachers: Are you an experienced educator who is ready to make a difference on a national scale? If so, consider applying for an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship and prepare for a year of unique opportunities. As a Fellow you will spend a school year in Washington, DC sharing your expertise with policy makers. You may serve your Fellowship with Congress or one of several government agencies such as the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NASA.

The goal of the Einstein Fellows program is to provide an opportunity for teachers to inform national policy and improve communication between the K-12 STEM education community and national leaders. The Fellowship program was created in 1990 with support from the MacArthur Foundation. Congress formalized the program in 1994 by passing the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Act. The Triangle Coalition administers the program under the direction of the Department of Energy.
Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE) $5,000 yearly The Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE) is an annual awards program that recognizes extraordinary contributions by educators across the United States and Puerto Rico who are elevating the level of science literacy through creativity in the classroom and motivation of students. An independent panel of judges selects the winners based on the following criteria: creativity of teaching methods, effectiveness in the classroom, plans for the use of grant money to improve science education resources in their schools, submission of an innovative science lesson plan showcasing innovative methods in the classroom, and a plan for dissemination/sharing the lesson plan with other teachers. Since the program's inception in 1992, Amgen has awarded more than $3 million to public and private school science teachers, grades K-12, in communities in which Amgen operates.

Nominations are solicited every fall. Following an extensive judging process, 30 science teachers will be chosen for the award. The selected winners will receive an unrestricted cash award of $5,000 and the recipient's school will receive a restricted grant of $5,000 to be utilized for the expansion or enhancement of a school science program, for science resources, or for the professional development of the school's science teachers. Amgen is a biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets human therapeutics for serious illnesses.
Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award $5,000 (US) to each teacher, along with travel expenses (up to $1,000 US) to The Annual Conference yearly This program, made possible through the John William Butler Foundation, honors teachers who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and skill in shaping the lives of children and teens through education. The program provides $5,000 cash stipends to three to five public or private school teachers and travel and lodging expenses to the TMA Annual Convention.

The award is open to currently licensed and active primary or secondary school teachers employed by accredited schools for at least five years. Teachers or other qualified people may submit a nomination.
Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers $175,000 over a period of five years ($35,000 per year) Yearly The Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers is a five-year award available to outstanding science and/or mathematics teachers in the North Carolina public primary and secondary schools. The purpose of this award is to recognize teachers who have demonstrated solid knowledge of science and/or mathematics content and have outstanding performance records in educating children. This five-year award presents opportunities for professional development and collaboration with other master science and/or mathematics teachers who will help to ensure their success as teachers and their satisfaction with the field of teaching. Special consideration will be given to teachers working in hard-to-staff, economically deprived classrooms in North Carolina. The award also offers schools and school districts the opportunity to fully develop teachers as leaders in the field.
Delta Education/CPO/Frey Scientific Awards for Excellence in Inquiry-based Science Teaching $1,500 towards expenses to attend the NSTA National Conference, and $1,500 for the awardee Yearly The Delta Education/CPO/Frey Scientific Awards for Excellence in Inquiry-based Science Teaching will recognize and honor three (3) full-time PreK-12 teachers of science who successfully use inquiry-based science to enhance teaching and learning in their classroom.
Distinguished Teaching Awards Formal citation, three nights' hotel accommodation, and $500 toward expenses to attend the NSTA National Conference Yearly This award honors NSTA members who are teachers that have made extraordinary contributions to the field of science teaching.
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