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Shell Science Teaching Award

Award to a USA or Canada K-12 Teacher
for Outstanding Science Instruction

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Award of $10,000 to a USA, territories, or Canada K-12 science teacher for positively impacting his or her school, community, and students through outstanding classroom education. Special projects may be referred to in the nomination or application, but should not be the primary focus.

The recipient and the two finalists will each receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. During the conference, they will be honored at the Awards Banquet. The recipient will also be recognized at the Teacher Awards Banquet.

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GrantWatch ID#: 172654

Number of Grants:

There will be one recipient, two finalists, and 10 semifinalists.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award includes $10,000 and an all-expense paid trip to attend NSTA’s National Conference; two finalists will also receive all-expense-paid trips to the conference.

The 10 semifinalists will receive certificates of distinction.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominees must be K-12 classroom teachers whose responsibilities include teaching science.

Nominees must have a minimum of eight (8) years of experience (not including the current school year) as a teacher of science, and must teach in a private or public school in the United States, U.S. Territories, Department of Defense schools, or in Canada.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Web Seminar: Developing a Competitive Application for the Shell Science Teaching Award will be taking place on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

At this web seminar, you will learn how you can win up to $10,000 for your outstanding work as a science educator. The presenter will discuss the application process for 2018-19 academic year, share insight into completing your application, and provide tips for strengthening your submission for a chance to win prize money, materials, and equipment for your classroom!

Title: Developing a Competitive Application for the Shell Science Teaching Award
Target audience: K–12
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT / 4:30 p.m. MT / 3:30 p.m. PT
Duration: 90 minutes Note: New users should log in 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time for an introduction to NSTA web seminars.
Presenters: TBD

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Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications must be received by December 17, 2018.

Use the on-line submission form (at to complete your application.

Three letters of support from individuals or groups (maximum length of letters is two pages each) should accompany the application.

The Shell Science Teaching Award Judging Panel will review the nomination packets and select 10 finalists. These individuals will then be asked to provide a YouTube video of no longer than thirty minutes that features classroom activities with students that clearly reflect the candidate’s teaching philosophy and application submission. The classroom is defined as indoor or outdoor—wherever the candidate teaches science.

The video will be due in mid-January.

The Shell Science Teaching Award Judging Panel will review the videos and select three finalists. The committee will then form a subcommittee consisting of three (3) members, who will visit each finalist.

Site visits will take place at the candidates’ schools in February. The subcommittee will then determine the recipient of the award.

An individual may be a finalist up to three times, if upon the third time as a finalist they are not selected as the winner, they are no longer eligible.

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