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Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award

Sponsored by National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Contact:Bill Prothero, National Program Contact
National Earth Science Teacher Award
Earth Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106


Contact the appropriate individual section contact on the website.
Description:Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) Awards are given for exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the earth sciences at the precollege level. Any teacher or other kindergarten through grade 12 educator who covers a significant amount of earth science content with their students is eligible. Ten national finalists are selected, one from each National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) regional section. Some sections also recognize state winners. Individuals may apply themselves or nominate a colleague for the award.

The OEST program was devised to honor precollege teachers of earth science, including the following specific objectives:
• Identify excellence in teaching.
• Appropriately recognize and reward excellence in teaching.
• Stimulate higher levels of teaching performance.
• Establish NAGT as a strong support organization for precollege education.
• Via active statewide and sectional programs, build a solid state, regional, and national liaison with administrators of precollege earth science education.

First, the candidate is nominated by a colleague or administrator (or another person with knowledge of the candidate’s qualifications) using the form on the website. Then the OEST coordinator for each of the sections reviews the entries and may request more supporting information from the nominee. Selection of the awardees are made in the spring of each award year.
Eligibility:Charter, Private, Public
Award(s):Awards vary. In addition to sectional winners, there are a variety of awards for state winners, section runners-up, and honorable mentions.
Deadline(s):Nominations are accepted year-round, but nomination deadlines for the current year vary by geographic sections. Check the website for exact dates.
Grade Level(s):K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Content Area(s): Science
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