This award honors one elementary school teacher who has established (or is establishing) an interdisciplinary, inquiry based lesson plan. The lesson plan will fully reference sources of information and any relevant National Science Education Standards and benchmarks found in The Atlas of Science Literacy. The award consists of $1,000 and up to $500 to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. The recipient of the Award will be honored during the Awards Banquet at the NSTA Conference. The winning selection will become part of the NSTA Web site and thus available for use by other elementary teachers and students. Award recipients agree to:
* Correspond by email, and possibly other means, with elementary science teachers to share experiences and information related to lessons selected
* Encourage students to share their work on the project with children in schools around the world, via Internet and other means.
* Cooperate with NSTA as this information is collected in ways designed to improve the teaching of science in elementary school.
Elementary school teachers (grades K–6) Applicants must be a full time teacher with a minimum of five years of experience. Must be an NSTA member in good standing.
CRITERIA FOR JUDGING:
Excellence in teaching that reflects the National Science Education Standards is the main criterion for selection of recipients.
Among the criteria to be considered by the committee are:
* Effective planning skills as indicated by an interdisciplinary/inquiry-based lesson that includes:
- a. learning objectives
- b. procedures
- c. quality assessment
- d. samples of student work (limit of 3 pages)
* Ability to motivate & challenge students
* Proper assessment
* Proficiency in science and science education (e.g.. publications, presentations)
* Proper safety procedures employed
* Reflects National Science Education Standards
AWARD SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
* Completed application form with signature
* A narrative describing the nominee’s extraordinary science teaching, not to exceed 250 words.
* A lesson plan (three pages maximum) meeting the objectives described above, along with examples of student work representative of that lesson. You may attach five (5) digital photographs.
* Two letters of support from individuals and/or groups who are familiar with the work of the applicant. Letters should not exceed three pages each. Letters of support should accompany packet. Letters sent separately will not be considered
* Attach a curriculum vita, not exceeding five pages, which includes a brief description of your teaching experience and previous awards and recognition.
* All correspondence must be in 12 point Times New Roman font
* Label each section and number each