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Illinois 2018 STEM Rising Star Award

ISTA & ICTM, with the generous support of ETA hand2mind, are pleased to offer the Illinois STEM Rising Star Award for promising teachers looking to implement STEM in their classrooms.

There will be three (3) $1,500 awards: 1 primary (K-2), 1 intermediate (3-5), and 1 middle school (6-8).

Each Winner Receives:
• $500 check
• $1,000 in ETA hand2mind products to support the planned project
• Complimentary registration to the 2018 Joint ISTA/ICTM Conference
• Complimentary 1-year membership in ISTA or ICTM.

Completed application due no later than September 7, 2018.

Email address *
First & Last Name *
2017-2018 Teaching Assignment (include grade level) *
School & District names *
School Address *
School Email *
Home Address *
Home Phone *
Personal Email (optional)
Upload Resume Here (PDF or scan) *
Upload Administrator Letter of Support Here *
Upload Letter of Recommendation from Parent or Student (optional)
Current minutes spent on teaching science per week. *
Current minutes spent on teaching math per week. *
Rate your school/district level of proficiency in NGSS disciplinary core ideas (life, earth, physical) *
Rate your school/district level of proficiency in NGSS practices/hands-on activities *
Rate your school/district proficiency in NGSS ETS Standards (Engineering Design Process) *
Does your school have a separate STEM, Science or Maker Space area/room? *
Tell us in your own words what makes you a good teacher? What are your current successes and what are you most proud of in your teaching practice? (250 words) *
What are your current challenges for teaching STEM? Why do you NEED this grant? (200 words) *
Describe your classroom environment and student population. Include your comfort level for implementing hands-on, small group work and centers. Describe how you encourage student engagement level and use hands-on activities. (250 words) *
Describe your plan for implementing STEM in your classroom. Include: a description of the STEM project/activity/culture you would like to implement; specific ETA hand2mind resources that you may need to carry out the plan; discuss how your plan incorporates math, science, technology, and engineering; explain how it is innovative and encourages the Engineering Design Process? (500 words) *
By typing your name, you certify that the information provided in this award application is true and accurate. *
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