Excellence in Science Teaching Awards

TMA continues to receive an outstanding number of nominations and applications for this program. The 2017 Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching received over 470 nominations and 235 applications.  

***The 2017 applications are currently being reviewed and winners will be announced at TMA's annual conference in May.***

Please nominate an Outstanding Science Teacher for the 2018 TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. It's never too early to start thinking about this.

TMA encourages you to nominate exceptional science teachers for the 2017-18 school year.  Nominate more than one if you feel strongly about several teachers.  Self-nominations are also accepted and encouraged.

Let’s reward teachers who exhibit a personal commitment and enthusiasm for teaching any area of science! 
    Three first-place Texas science teachers will receive $6,000 each!  Their schools will receive a $2,000 award
    Three second-place teachers will receive $4,000 each and another $1,000 for their science curriculum
    Three third-place teachers will receive $2,000 each and another $1,000 for their science curriculum
    Three Rookies (< 5 yrs classroom experience) will receive $1,500 each and another $1,000 for their science curriculum
    One OVERALL award will be selected from the first-place winners and will receive an additional $5,000

Nominations for this award will be accepted through November 17, 2017. You can nominate a teacher online! The PDF version of the nomination is provided HERE for reference (a new form is forthcoming). 

Eligibility requirements include the following:

       * Texas full-time public and private school science teachers with a minimum of two years’ completed classroom experience.
       * Teachers must be returning to teach in a Texas classroom during the 2018-19 school year.

Requirements of the application include:

        *  Completed application
        *  Educational History and Professional Development
        *  Letters of Support (3) - Supervisor, On-Campus Colleague, and Student or Parent
        *  Professional Essay 
        *  Portfolio

TMA will contact all nominees via email with a link to submit an application after a nomination is received.  If you have not received an email from TMA, it is not too late to apply.  Please nominate yourself using the link above.  This will allow you to proceed to the application.  All submissions must be received by Dec. 21, 2017. (PDF version  of application for reference.)  --new form forthcoming.

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