One of the most important functions of the Oregon Science Teachers Association is to recognize outstanding science educators across the state. Each year the OSTA Executive Board selects several individuals for statewide and regional awards. The Awardees are selected by committee from individuals nominated by members of OSTA.
These awards are only as important and meaningful as the science education community makes them. Look around you; look at the colleagues in your school, district, and region. Which ones are the hardest working, the most passionate, and the most skilled at exciting students about science and the process of scientific discovery? Which ones contribute most to the profession of science teaching? These are the individuals deserving of a nomination.
Due to these unprecedented times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have left the awards nominations open from last year. This year we will be presenting awards for 2020 and 2021. We have received a number of nominations and will be accepting nominations through July 2021. Thank you to everyone who has already submitted a nomination.
If you have questions or want to verify your nomination has been received, please contact the President-elect at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This year's awards will honor science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers working in grades K-6. Nominations close on January 7, 2022.
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. The Awards were established by Congress in 1983. The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.
Awards are given to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science 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).
The award recognizes those teachers 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 5,000 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.
Recipients of the award receive the following:
Awards will be presented to our 2020-21 Awardees at the Awards Banquet held at the
World Forestry Center on
Friday, October 29th
Please join us in celebrating our colleagues and everyone's commitment to science education during this challenging time.
The awards banquet will take place in Cheatham Hall at the World Forestry Center. Doors will open at 5pm. A no-host bar will be available.
Dinner will be served at 6pm and the awards program will start at 6:45pm. The menu for dinner will accommodate vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free guests.
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Nominations for 2022 Awards is Open!
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