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Awards to USA Teachers for Outstanding Contributions to STEM Education

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


Agency
Federal

GrantWatch ID#
180026

Funding Source
National Science Foundation (NSF)
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
All USA
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/03/24
Deadline: 01/08/24 Save

Grant Description
Awards of $10,000 to USA and territories educators to recognize excellence in the field of STEM education. Applicants must teach at the K-6 level. The purpose of this award is to honor teachers who have motivated their students and helped them succeed in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer sciences.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teaching.

The award recognizes those teachers that have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Since the program's inception, more than 5,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

Awardees reflect the expertise and dedication of the Nation's teaching corps, and they demonstrate the positive impact of excellent teachers on student achievement. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

In 2023-2024, the PAEMST program will accept applications from Kindergarten through 6th grade science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers. Prospective applicants may apply for one of two award categories: science or mathematics. Applicants that teach computer science, engineering, or technology classes should connect with their State/Jurisdiction coordinators to determine whether to apply as a mathematics or science applicant. Applicants should consider whether the concept selected better aligns to mathematics or science standards, as well as how the course they are teaching is categorized at the school/district/state level.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must:
- Teach science, technology, engineering, or mathematics 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 a full-time employee of their 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 2023-2024 academic school year, with science, technology, engineering, or mathematics teaching duties;
- Teach in one of the 50 states, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. Jurisdictions of the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands;
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; and
- Not have received the PAEMST award at the national level in any prior competition or category.

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

NSF is committed to expanding the opportunities in STEM to people of all racial, ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and to persons with disabilities. Teachers from underserved communities, who serve students from underserved communities, or who work in high need schools are strongly encouraged to apply. For this competition, high needs schools are defined as those that have 20% or more of the students served coming from low-income families.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Webinars will be hosted throughout the cycle to provide an in-depth look at the application and answer questions. The upcoming webinars are listed below. To register for any of them, click here: https://paemst.nsf.gov/webinar

- Thursday, November 16, 2023, 4:00 PM: PAEMST Applicant Webinar, Focus: Math
- Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 3:00 PM: PAEMST Applicant Webinar, Focus: Alumni Q&A Panel
- Monday, December 04, 2023, 6:00 PM: PAEMST Applicant Webinar, Focus: Dimensions
- Saturday, December 09, 2023, 1:00 PM: PAEMST General Applicant Webinar
- Tuesday, December 19, 2023, 1:00 PM: PAEMST General Applicant Webinar
- Wednesday, January 03, 2024, 3:00 PM: PAEMST Applicant Webinar, Focus: Alumni Q&A Panel
- Wednesday, January 10, 2024, 8:00 PM: PAEMST Applicant Webinar, Focus: Video
- Thursday, January 18, 2024, 4:00 PM: PAEMST Applicant Webinar, Focus: Dimensions
- Wednesday, January 24, 2024, 5:00 PM: PAEMST Applicant Webinar, Extended Time for Questions
- Thursday, February 01, 2024, 8:00 PM: PAEMST Q&A Session
- Sunday, February 04, 2024, 8:00 PM: PAEMST Q&A Session
- Monday, February 05, 2024, 8:00 PM: PAEMST Q&A Session

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- January 8, 2024: Nomination Deadline
- February 6, 2024: Application Deadline (11:59 PM Eastern Time)
- March 22, 2024: State/Jurisdiction Results Announced
- March 31, 2024: Application Addendum Due for Finalists
- April/May 2024: National Review Period
- Date To-Be-Determined: Awardees Announced & Recognition Event

Nominations may be submitted for more than one teacher. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves.

Once a teacher is nominated or initiates the application process, the teacher will receive an email invitation to continue the application process. The invitation will include login information for accessing the online application system.

At the state and jurisdiction level, coordinators convene selection committees, which include prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics/science education researchers, district-level personnel, and classroom teachers. These committees select a total of six finalists (three from each award category) for recognition at the state and jurisdiction level. States and jurisdictions are strongly encouraged to forward finalists in each of the STEM areas.

State and jurisdiction selection committees review applications using the criteria and scoring information presented in this application packet.

Further information: https://paemst.nsf.gov/about/view

Number of Grants
A total of 110 awards will be given each year (two awardees per state/jurisdiction and one from each of the U.S. Jurisdictions).

Estimated Size of Grant
Recipients of the award receive the following:
- A certificate signed by the President of the United States.
- An all-expenses paid trip to a recognition event, which includes an award ceremony.
- A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
- An opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.

Contact Information
Online nomination form: https://paemst.nsf.gov/nomination/nominate

Online application form: https://paemst.nsf.gov/nomination/nominate?selfNomination=true

Contact info@paemst.org or 833-673-3273 if you have any questions regarding the PAEMST nomination process.

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