The Delaware STEM Educator Award recognizes a teacher or team of teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels who demonstrate STEM innovation and excellence through teaching, academic collaboration, and student engagement. A total of three unrestricted cash awards up to $7,500.00 will be given to winning teachers or teams. The Governor’s STEM Council definition of STEM education and the Council’s three goals are the basis for evaluation of exemplary STEM practice in the classroom.
Definition of STEM:
STEM Education is an approach to teaching and learning that emphasizes integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for all students through student-focused, problem-based curricula and instruction. STEM education fosters creativity and innovation while developing communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills through a focus on authentic and appropriate contexts in curriculum and assessment.
STEM Council Goals:
1) Expand the number of Delaware students who ultimately pursue advanced degrees and careers in STEM fields and broaden the participation of women and minorities in these fields.
2) Expand the STEM capable workforce to create, grow and attract STEM-related businesses to Delaware.
3) Increase STEM literacy for all Delaware students including those who pursue non-STEM related careers, but need STEM skills.
Applicants must be certified teachers at the K-12 grade level in a Delaware public school. Applicants must be full-time employees of the school or school district as determined by state and district policies and teach K-12 students at least 50% of the time.
For the 2017-18 school year, the Delaware STEM Educator Award Selection Committee (a group representative of the Governor’s Delaware STEM Council) will review all completed applications and select the finalists: at the elementary (K-5), middle school (6-8), and high school (9-12) levels. Finalists will be notified of their selection via telephone and postal mail and/or email. Finalists will be recognized and presented with their awards during a STEM program where awardees will share innovative practices with teachers from throughout the state. The date and details regarding the program will be included with finalist notification.
Note: All materials being submitted for consideration need to be received by March 30th, 2018.
Special Thanks to Ashland for supporting the Delaware STEM Educator Awards during its Fourth annual running!!