Nominations may be made by any member of the educational community (staff, faculty, administrators, or students). Self-nominations are accepted as well.
This nomination form will be open until Friday, December 15, 2017 11:59 PM CST. Finalists will be chosen and notified by Monday, January 8, 2018. The winners will be publicly announced at the 2018 TX PLTW Conference. Each awardee will receive a plaque and a comped registration to the conference.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:1) NOMINEE'S RESUME (REQUIRED Details on Rubric)
2) ESSAY outlining how the nominee meets the three criteria listed in the “Criteria for Selection” section of the Rubric. The format should adhere to the following guidelines: maximum 300 words for each criteria, not to exceed 900 words total.
3)TWO LETTERS OF SUPPORT from individuals who are familiar with the nominee’s work. Each letter should not exceed 750 words each. When possible, use letterhead. Make sure letters are signed and dated appropriately. Letters should reference the nominee’s strengths, identify accomplishments, and highlight teaching methods and experiences that directly connect to the criteria for selection.Letters must be from the categories identified below: Letter 1: Educational Leader Letter 2: Student (Letters accepted from a current student or a student who has been enrolled in the nominee’s class within the last two years)
RUBRIC for application can be found at http://www.texaspltw.org/professional-development/conference
Definition of a "Teacher": It is the intent of the TX PLTW Teacher of the Year Awards to recognize those persons currently responsible for the day-to-day instruction of K-12 students. There is an assumption in this scenario that nominees will be utilizing PLTW curriculum. Therefore, nominees for this award may also include such individuals as teaching specialists, technology integration specialists, etc., for it is the duties and responsibilities of one’s job that define one’s role, rather than one’s title. Nomination for this award would not be appropriate if more than 75 percent of one’s responsibilities do not include the direct instruction of students.
DELIVER AN INSPIRING AND EMPOWERING STUDENT EXPERIENCEEffect on the lives of students: • Demonstrates commitment to student needs • Demonstrates success in implementing PLTW programs and curriculum, above and beyond his/her peers • Inspires students to engage/apply learning beyond the classroom, etc.
EXPAND ACCESS TO PLTW PROGRAMSChampion of PLTW: • Promotes PLTW in the school, community, and district • Actively engages with the PLTW network through local, state, or national initiatives • Supports growth of the PLTW program (or engagement with community) over time
TRANSFORM TEACHINGLeadership: • Demonstrates leadership within the classroom, school, school district, and the PLTW networkExemplary instructional practice: • Uses or supports the use of innovative methods and tools to engage students in activity-, project-, problem-based learning • Uses or supports the use of evidence-based best practices • Demonstrates strong pedagogical and content knowledgeContinuous Improvement: • Actively pursues professional and personal development, and encourages or supports the professional development of others