Nation’s Highest Honors for STEM Teaching

For more than 35 years, the  Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching  (PAEMST) have honored and inspired more than 5,000 teachers across the country. PAEMST are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Awardees receive a trip to Washington, DC; a $10,000 award; and opportunities to network with colleagues from across the nation.

February 1, 2020
Funding & Recognition
Essay Competition Introducing Korean Culture Through Literature

The Sejong Writing Competition, presented by the Sejong Cultural Society in collaboration with the Korea Institute, Harvard University, and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, introduces students to Korean culture through literature and poetry. The competition is open to all residents of the United States and Canada regardless of ethnic background.

Professional Growth
Make a Lasting Impression on Your Students

Penn State’s Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and Graduate Certificate in Children’s Literature are led by expert faculty from Penn State’s College of Education and conveniently offered online through Penn State World Campus. As a student in one of these programs, you can advance your knowledge about curriculum, teaching, learning, teacher education, and educational supervision through exemplary in-class learning and research. A Penn State education can help you prepare to meet the challenges facing education in diverse and changing social, cultural, economic, and physical environments. Penn State is now accepting applications for the 2020 academic year.
Digital Learning • Learning Support
Global Movement to Redefine Digital Citizenship

Educators and students are invited to join members of the DigCitCommit Coalition and education communities worldwide on February 11 and 12, 2020, for a free Virtual Congress that will connect them with other students and educators who are successfully modeling the five competences of digital citizenship–inclusive, informed, engaged, balanced, alert.
Worldwide Campaign to Engage Girls in Engineering

On February 20, 2020 DiscoverE’s Girl Day, thousands of people–engineers, educators, and others–will act as role models, facilitate engineering activities, and educate girls about how engineers change the world. Key findings from DiscoverE’s report Despite the Odds found that this simple formula helps girls develop an interest in engineering, builds confidence in their problem-solving skills, and creates a STEM identity.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Digital Program to Develop Math Thinkers

DreamBox Learning Math is the only K–8 digital math program powered by students, built by and for educators, and independently proven to positively impact student achievement. DreamBox dynamically adapts and differentiates in real time based not only on students’ answers but also on how they solve problems. By continually supporting all students at their right level, DreamBox is a powerful partner in every classroom, school, and district.
Mobile Learning
Audio Series Reexamining the Legacy of Slavery in the United States

The 1619 podcast, part of the 1619 Project from The New YorkTimes, begins with the sound of surf and seagulls along the coast of Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, where, 400 years ago, in a ship called White Lion, enslaved African people arrived for the first time in what became the United States.
Funding & Recognition
Scholarship Grant to Encourage Musical Innovation

The nonprofit Black Violin Foundation(BVF) works with youth in their communities by providing access to quality music programs that encourage creativity. The organization’s long-term goal is to empower youth to color outside the lines and push the boundaries of music through innovation.
Professional Growth
SPOTLIGHT! On Using Assistive Technology to Build Independence

Every student, regardless of ability, can communicate, engage in learning, and show measurable progress. Creating a classroom environment that offers a variety of accessible classroom-ready solutions will provide opportunities to increase communication, social skills, and problem-solving skills while building independence. To help in that effort, AbleNet invites teachers to sign up online for a free, downloadable assistive technology ideas guide.

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Funding & Recognition
Award for Achievement in Graphic Arts

Sponsored by the Graphics Communications Education Association (GCEA), the Gutenberg Award recognizes exceptional achievement in the field of graphic arts. Awards are available for Print Media, Web Publishing, and Photography.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Research Guide on Impeachment

Administrators and teachers wondering how they can support productive dialogue around the impeachment process may find it useful to consult the Historical Background on the Impeachment and Trial of President Andrew Johnson, provided by the Library of Congress.
Digital Learning • Learning Support
Historical and Contemporary Asian Art and Culture

The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco puts the best of Asian art at teachers’ and students’ fingertips for use in the classroom or at home. Visitors to the museum’s website will find artworks, lessons and activities, background information, student-centered videos, and more.
Program Exposing Students to Game Design

The Games for Change(G4C) Student Challenge combines students’ passion for games with digital learning and civic engagement. The challenge, which takes place in cities across the United States, includes professional development in game-based learning for up to 75 teachers per city, inschool and afterschool game-making courses, student game jams and workshops, mentorship by professional game designers, and social issue themes with multimedia content provided by cause-based partners.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Network That Facilitates Learning About the Foundation of Democracy

The Civics Renewal Network is a consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the United States by increasing the quality of civics education in the nation’s schools and improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost learning materials. On the organization’s website, teachers will find resources from these organizations, searchable by subject, grade, resource type, standards, and teaching strategy.
Funding & Recognition
Prize Honoring Young People for Humanitarian and Environmental Service Work

The  Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes enters its twentieth year of recognizing inspiring, public-spirited young people from across the United States and Canada. Established by author T. A. Barron, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders, aged 8 to 18, who have made a significant, positive difference to people and the environment.
Mobile Learning
Digital Logic Games to Tackle Math Anxiety

Funexpected Math, a free app for iOS devices from Funexpected Ltd, embeds findings in educational neuroscience into digital logic games for children aged 3 to 7. The 11 games are situated across the landscapes of Japan, Egypt, and Greenland.

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Challenges to Address Environmental Issues Facing the Planet

Drawing inspiration from the concept of moonshots, which since the moon landing in 1969 has become shorthand to talk about ambitious and groundbreaking goals, the UK’s Prince William has announced The Earthshot Prize: a set of challenges to inspire a decade of action to repair the planet.


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