The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching were established in 1983 by an Act of Congress and are administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Each year the program recognizes outstanding mathematics and science teachers from across the United States and four U.S. jurisdictions for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. In addition to honoring individual achievement, the goal of the Awards is to expand and exemplify the definition of excellent science and mathematics teaching. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspirations to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
Mathematics and science teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible for the award. In even-numbered years (2006), the award is given to elementary teachers (grades K-6); in odd-numbered years (2007), secondary teachers (grades 7-12) are recognized. The deadline for elementary teachers is May 1, 2006.
Teachers must be nominated prior to completing an application. Principals, teachers, students, parents, members of the community, or the general public may nominate a teacher. Self-nominations are not accepted. Once nominated, a teacher must complete an application to be considered for the award. The application includes a videotaped lesson and written responses to questions about the teacher’s instructional practice.
Completed applications must be postmarked by the deadline and sent to the appropriate State Coordinators. Further instructions about submissions are included in the application packet.