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STEM Teacher Wins MacArthur Award

Amir Abo-ShaeerAmir Abo-Shaeer, a Goleta, California physics and engineering teacher at Dos Pueblos High School, last week got more than just a bit of spotlight — he was one of the 23 MacArthur Fellows of 2010. The MacArthur Foundation annually gives out so-called Genius Awards — a no-strings grant of $500,000 each — to folks who excel in their professions.

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White House Panel: Hire 100,000 STEM Teachers

White HouseA presidential advisory panel is calling for the federal government to recruit and train 100,000 “great STEM teachers” over the next decade, recognize a master corps of the best educators, and create 1,000 schools devoted to science, technology, engineering and math.

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Honoring Science and Math Teachers

Signed by the PresidentPresident Barack Obama recently announced the names of 103 science and math teachers selected as this year’s recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Each teacher will pocket a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Obama noted that the scientists and engineers who have helped to make America great all shared one thing: “science and math teachers who brought these critical subjects to life.”

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79 Teachers Win Toyota TAPESTRY Grants

Toyota has announced nearly $550,000 in grants to 79 K-12 educators across the country as a part of its 2010 TAPESTRY program.

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2010 Intel Schools of Distinction

The 2010 Intel Schools of Distinction Awards program is open for applications. The National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston is a sponsor of this program, which recognizes K-12 U.S. schools demonstrating 21st century teaching and learning environments and implementing innovative programs that inspire their students to excel in the areas of math and science.

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Teacher Awards: Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence

The Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE) recognizes extraordinary contributions by educators from California, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Washington, and Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec), who are elevating science literacy. 34 winners receive an unrestricted cash award of $5,000 USD ($5,000 CAD). Recipients’ schools receive a restricted grant of $5,000 USD ($5,000 CAD) for the enhancement of a school science program, for science resources, or for the professional development of the school’s science teachers. Application deadline: February 5, 2010.

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Noyce Scholarship Proposal Writing Workshops

Teachers interested in the Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarships must write a proposal. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is hosting a series of outreach workshops to provide information about submitting a proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.

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Teacher Grants: Public Schools & Green

The National Education Association (NEA) Green Grants for K-12 teachers invites public school educators to apply for individual grants worth up to $5,000 for the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches for teaching “green” concepts to students. The Green Grants program targets environmental education as an area of great promise in helping students develop a sense of environmental stewardship.

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Educators Essay Contest, Dec. 14


This educators’ essay contest asks teachers to share their knowledge on designing science lesson plans and integrating technology into the classroom. Winners gain free admission to the 2010 AAAS Annual meeting, a $800 stipend, and magazine subscription.

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