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The New Horizons Award recognizes the outstanding work and contributions of a first year or entry year teacher.
Each year, OSTA recognizes an outstanding science teacher from each OSTA division: Elementary, Middle Level, High school, and University/College. The purpose of these awards is to encourage educators to continue to grow professionally and to publicly recognize those who contribute so much to science education in Oklahoma.
Dr. John W. "Jack" Renner (1924-1991) was Professor of Science Education and Physics at the University of Oklahoma. His research on science learning was strongly influenced by a combination of Jean Piaget’s ideas on intellectual development and his own commitment to independent thought and action. The first issue of JRST (Spring, 1963) contained an article by John W. Renner on science understanding by junior high school students. During the next 25 years, he became a major influence in science education through his research and teaching. He received many awards during this time for his outstanding work in science education and he served in important leadership positions, including NARST President, 1979-1980, and Program Chair, 1978-1979 and 1980-1981. (JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN SCIENCE TEACHING VOL. 29, NO. 2, P. 103(1992)
In honor of Dr. Renner, this award recognizes outstanding individuals for their contributions to science education in the state of Oklahoma.
All OSTA awards will be presented at the OSTA Celebration of Science Education, Friday June 1st. The deadline for OSTA Educator Award nominations has been extended to April 27, 2018. Application materials will be distributed to nominees Saturday April 28, 2018, and all application materials must be submitted by Monday May 14, 2018.