AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Award

Educator-Achievement-Award-Winners

 

Each year, the AIAA Foundation hosts its Educator Achievement Award, which honors three outstanding K-12 educators for their contribution to the continued study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics within the classroom and beyond.

Winners of this award will receive:

  • $5,000 award to the educator
  • $5,000 award to the educator’s school or organization
  • A trip to Washington, DC to be honored at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala
  • A crystal apple presented to the educator at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala

Nomination Requirements:

  • Nominee must be a K–12 educator who supports AIAA in its efforts to bring “real world” STEM experiences to students
  • Past recipients are ineligible for future consideration
  • All recipients must be or become an AIAA Educator Associate member
  • Preference will be given to teachers who demonstrate active use of AIAA resources in their classroom
  • Self-nominations are not permitted
  • Nominator is not required to be a current AIAA member
  • Nominator may not serve as a reference
  • References are not required to be current AIAA members
  • One of the three letters of endorsement must be provided by the principal of the nominee’s school or the educator's supervisor
  • Nominations must be submitted using the online database

Nomination materials must include:

Page 1: NOMINATION FORM

Page 2: NOMINEE BIOGRAPHY

Must include:

  • The nominee’s teaching experience
  • Professional activities
  • Formal and continuing education
  • Awards and publications (if any)
  • A brief summary of personal teaching philosophy

Page 3: NOMINATION BASIS

Must describe:

  • How the educator promotes active learning and successfully encourages students to think imaginatively, critically, and independently
  • How the educator demonstrates instructional techniques that are appropriate for, and effective with, a variety of different learning styles
  • How the educator interacts enthusiastically and effectively with students beyond the classroom, using all opportunities productively to promote learning and address individual student needs
  • How the educators engaging, and inspiring presence motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community
  • How the educator achieved exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide models of excellence for the profession
  • The educator demonstrates active use of AIAA resources within the classroom

Pages 4: LETTERS OF ENDORSEMENT

  • Three signed letters of endorsement
    • For classroom educators: one letter of endorsement must be provided by the Principal of the nominee’s school
    • For educators outside of the classroom setting: one letter of endorsement must be provided by the educators supervisor

Winners will be announced in January 2020 and will be honored at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala in Washington, DC.

Dates to Remember

Nomination Period Opens:    30 September 2019 12:00AM EST
Nomination Period Closes:    1 December 2019 11:59PM EST

Access Nomination Form

Questions?

Contact Felicia Livingston, Foundation Program Coordinator, at felicial@aiaa.org or 703.264.7502.