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Presidential Awards for Math & Science Teaching

Honors outstanding science and mathematics teachers who are leaders in the improvement of science and mathematics education.
Program Information

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program are the highest recognition that an elementary or secondary mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive. The PAEMST program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Recipients serve as models for other science and mathematics teachers; help to inspire students to study mathematics and science; and serve as leaders in their disciplines. Each year, California can recommend two state nominees in mathematics teaching and two state nominees in science teaching to the NSF. During alternate years, the PAEMST program recognizes elementary and secondary level teachers. In 2015, only teachers teaching in grades seven through twelve (secondary level) will be recognized.

Presidential Award recipients are honored at the White House where they are presented a citation signed by the President of the United States, and receive a $10,000 award from the NSF.

To begin the process, a mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher must be nominated using the NSF’s online Nomination Form which is available on the NSF Web External link opens in new window or tab. page during Fall 2014. The window for nominations closes on April 1, 2015.

Once nominated, candidates must submit a 45-minute, unedited video of a classroom lesson showing a mathematics or science lesson taught by the teacher. Candidates also complete a written application showing their depth of content knowledge, their exemplary pedagogical skills, and the data from increased student learning. The completed packet of nomination materials is submitted online at the designated NSF Web page and is due May 1, 2015.

Timeline of Events for 2014-15 Secondary Teachers (grades 7-12)
2014-15 Eligibility Criteria for California Teachers

Listed below are eligibility criteria for nominees. They must:

2015 Application for Secondary Teachers
Awardees and Finalists
Other Resources
Questions: PAEMST | paemst@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0198 
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