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STAT AWARDS 2016
Award Nominations Open April 1st
Do you know an outstanding teacher who has made notable contributions to science education? Well, you're in the right place! Here, you can submit yourself, a friend, colleague, or mentor for a STAT Award. Award recipients receive a variety of prizes and recognition, including plaques, honorariums, and VIP tickets to CAST 2016 events.
The deadline for awards submissions is June 15th.
DESCRIPTION OF AWARDS AND THEIR REQUIREMENTS
Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year Awards
Description: Winner receives a plaque, an honorarium, and 2 tickets to the STAT VIP Event, to be awarded at the CAST Opening Ceremony by the STAT President.
Requirements: Evidence of creativity in the classroom, where TEKS are taught effectively, classroom management exceeds expectations, and safety procedures are followed.
STAT Distinguished Leadership in Science Award *Administrator
Description: Awarded to a non-teaching Administrator in EC-12. Winner will receive 2 STAT VIP Event Tickets for CAST 2016. Award will be given by the STAT Past President at the CAST Opening Ceremony.
Requirements: Evidence of outstanding support of science education at the district or state level, a curriculum vitae, and one or more letter of support that addresses the award criteria. This may be submitted by a principal, vice principal, area superintendent, colleague,former student, and/or parents of former students.
STAT Recognition of Service to Science Education *Business or Industry
Description: Awarded to a business or industry that has supported science education. Winner receives 2 STAT VIP Event Tickets, to be awarded by the Awards Committee Chair at the CAST Opening Ceremony.
Requirements: Evidence of outstanding support of science education at the district or state level, a curriculum vitae, and one or more letter of support that addresses the award criteria. This may be submitted by a principal, vice principal, area superintendent, colleague, former student, and/or parents of former students.
Skoog Cup *College faculty or staff
Description: Awarded to a faculty or staff member at a Texas college or university who has demonstrated significant contributions and leadership in the development of quality science education. Winner receives the Skoog Cup trophy, 2 STAT VIP Event Tickets, and an honorarium provided by Texas Tech for the recipient to attend the Harvest Dinner at Texas Tech. Awarded at the CAST Opening Ceremony, presented by Gerald Skoog.
Requirements: A sustained record of: leadership in science education; advocacy for quality K-12 science education for all students; contributions to STAT and other professional science organizations; development of effective programs for pre-service and in-service teachers of science. One letter of nomination and two to five letters of support that describe how the nominee meets the criteria, as well as the nominee's curriculum vitae.
Virginia Woods Award *Member
Description: Awarded as an ongoing recognition of Virginia Woods' contributions to science education in general, and to the Science Teachers Association of Texas in particular. It is the highest award STAT can bestow upon a member for contributions to science education. Winner will receive a plaque, a honorarium and 2 Tickets to the STAT VIP Event. Presented by Virginia Woods at the CAST Opening Ceremony.
Requirements: The recipient must be a long standing member of STAT (at least 20 years), and has made significant contributions to science education, including any or all of the following: outstanding leadership and service in STAT activities; longstanding leadership in a field of science education; outstanding contributions to the improvement of science curriculum; scholarly writing in the field of science education; contributions to science education over a significant length of time; overall excellence of contributions to STAT and science education. One letter of nomination and two to five letters or support, plus the nominees curriculum vitae, are required. This award will only be given when an exceedingly worthy individual is identified.