December 14, 2015
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR
Subject: Presidential Awards
for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The Texas Education Agency is
pleased to announce that nominations and applications for the 2016 Presidential
Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)are
now being accepted. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a mathematics or
science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. This
year, the PAEMST program will honor mathematics and science teachers in
kindergarten - grade 6. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on
the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The PAEMST program recognizes
teachers for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to
help students make progress in mathematics and science. Awards are given to
mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and 4 U.S. jurisdictions.
Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their
communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science
Teachers may be nominated for
the award or may sign up to apply themselves. Principals, teachers, parents, or
other members of the general public can nominate outstanding teachers. The nomination deadline is April 1, 2016,
and applications are due by May 1, 2016. Eligible teachers who submit a
completed application by the May 1, 2016, application deadline may be awarded
20 continuing professional education (CPE) hours.
Applicants must meet the
following eligibility criteria:
- Teach mathematics or
science at kindergarten - grade 6 in a public (including charter) or
- Teach in one of the 50
states or the 4 U.S. jurisdictions.
- Hold at least a
bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
- Be a full-time employee
of the school or school district as determined by state and district
policies and teach at least 50% of the time.
- Have at least 5 years of
full-time, K-12 mathematics or science teaching experience prior to the
2014-2015 academic school year.
- Be a U.S. citizen or
- Not have received the
PAEMST award at the national level in any prior competition or category.
Recipients of the award
receive the following:
- A citation signed by the
President of the United States
- A paid trip for two to
Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and
professional development opportunities
- A $10,000 award from the
National Science Foundation
Nominate an outstanding
teacher or access the application at www.paemst.org.
For more information, please
contact Jo Ann Bilderback by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by telephone at (512) 463-9581.
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