Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award
Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) awards are given for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the pre-college level." Any teacher or other K-12 educator who covers a significant amount of earth science content with their students is eligible. Ten national finalists are selected, one from each NAGT regional section. Some sections also recognize state winners. Individuals may apply themselves or nominate a colleague for the award.
The Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards program was adopted by NAGT in 1971. Devised to honor pre-college teachers of earth science, the program has 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 pre-college education, and
- Via active statewide and sectional programs, build a solid state, regional, and national liaison with administrators of pre-college earth science education.
Sectional winner awards include:
- 10"x13" plaque from NAGT
- 2 year complimentary membership in NAGT
- From GSA: $700 travel money to attend a GSA Annual or Section Meeting, a 3-year K-12 Teacher Membership, and a 3-year membership in GSA's Geoscience Education Division
- Copy of Over The Mountains and an Earth Science Week kit from American Geosciences Institute
- One-year membership and subscription to EOS and Physics Today from AGU
- One-year subscription to The Professional Geologist from AIPG
- Two-year membership and subscription to the Earth Scientist from NESTA
- Copy of Earth as Art from the USGS
There are also a variety of awards for state winners, section runners-up, and honorable mentions.
Application due May 22, 2020: https://nagt.org/nagt/awards/oest-nom.html