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Awards to USA K-6 Teachers for Outstanding
Contributions to STEM Education

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

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Science Foundation (NSF) - The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Deadline Date:

01/07/22

Description:

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Awards of $10,000 to USA and territories K-6 educators to recognize excellence in the field of STEM education. 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, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. In 2021–2022, the PAEMST program will accept applications from Kindergarten through 6th grade teachers of these subjects. 
The award recognizes those teachers who have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Awardees reflect the expertise and dedication of the Nation's teaching corps, and they demonstrate the positive impact of excellent teachers on student achievement. 
There are two award categories: Science and mathematics. The science category includes science and engineering; the mathematics category includes mathematics and computer science/technology. 
The PAEMST program encourages applications that provide evidence of transdisciplinary or interdisciplinary STEM teaching. 
In addition to the cash award, each Presidential Awardee receives a certificate signed by the President of the United States and an all-expenses paid trip for an award ceremony in Washington, D.C. Awardees also join a national cohort of award-winning teachers, providing opportunities to impact teaching on a national scale. The recognition events may include professional development opportunities and discussions with policy makers on how to improve STEM education (including computer science education).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180026

Number of Grants:

The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.

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Recipients of the award receive the following:
- A certificate signed by the President of the United States.
- A paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
- A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
- Awardees join a national cohort of award-winning teachers, providing an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In 2021–2022, the PAEMST program will accept applications from Kindergarten through 6th grade science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers. (A separate application will open in the fall of 2022 for 7th –12th grade teachers.)

Awards are given to teachers from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands).

To be eligible, applicants must:
- Teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science 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 full-time employees of the 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 2020-2021 academic school year during which science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science has been a part of the applicant's teaching duties each of the five years;
- Teach in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands);
- Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; and
- Not have received the PAEMST award at the national level in any prior competition or category.

The PAEMST program encourages applications from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in STEM (African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders), all genders, teachers with disabilities, veterans, and teachers serving in high needs schools. For this competition high needs schools are defined as those that have 20% or more of the children served from low-income families.

Nominators:
Anyone—principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public—may nominate exceptional individuals who teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science in grades K-6 for this award year. Nominations may be submitted for more than one teacher. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Nomination Deadline: January 7, 2022. Teachers should be nominated as soon as possible to give them ample time to prepare an application.
- Application Deadline: February 6, 2022 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Applicants are highly encouraged to upload the video well in advance of the application deadline of February 6 to avoid high traffic and slow upload speeds at that time. Applications cannot be submitted until video uploads have been processed and confirmed as complete within the application portal.

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.

About the Awards: https://www.paemst.org/about/view

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For the online nomination form, see: https://www.paemst.org/nomination/nominate

To begin an application (self-nominate) online: https://www.paemst.org/nomination/nominate?selfNomination=true

To resume an application: https://www.paemst.org/login/auth

For questions, contact info@paemst.org.

Robert Mayes, Program Officer
(703) 292-7267
rmayes@nsf.gov

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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