|Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award|
I. Introduction and Overview
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In a continuing effort to recognize outstanding contributions by K-12 educators and District level personnel in the field of Educational Technology, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF) in partnership with the Space Foundation and NASA, is pleased to present the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. The Award recognizes outstanding contributions made by technology personnel or classroom teachers to technology education. The Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award rewards excellence in the development and delivery of technology programs. Programs which focus on aerospace and/or aeronautics will be given priority to other programs. Applicants must demonstrate how their programs ultimately benefit the students in a school or district.
II. Eligibility and the Award Top of Page
The Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award is open to all K-12 school or district level educators from across the nation. The Award will be presented by AMF, the Space Foundation and NASA at the 29th National Space Symposium (April 8 – 11, 2013) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The winner will be flown to Colorado Springs, where hotel accommodations will be provided. The winner will receive a commemorative trophy with his or her name engraved and a monetary award of $1,000. In addition, the Award winner's name will be placed on a plaque honoring past recipients that is housed in the Center for Space Education at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The candidate must be nominated by the school's principal. An associate superintendent or superintendent must nominate all district level personnel.
III. The Review Process Top of Page
Applications will be reviewed in two stages. During the first stage, applications will be reviewed by AMF staff to select finalists for the Award. Each application will have multiple readers and will be evaluated according to how well the application addresses the criteria.
In the second stage, the Selection Committee will review and evaluate the finalists and select a winner based on the Selection Criteria.
IV. Selection Criteria Top of Page
A Selection Committee of nationally respected leaders will select a winner based on the following categories.
Applicants must respond to all four categories. Each category will be worth 25 points, for a total of 100 cumulative points. The applicant who scores the most points will be the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award Winner.
1. Innovation: 25 Points
Are your programs innovative?
Innovative and imaginative programs should showcase creative solutions to new or old problems. Applicants should implement effective “out-of-the-box” programs to their school and/or district.
2. Excellence: 25 Points
What are the results of your programs and why are they considered outstanding?
Programs should produce a tangible result that emanates excellence. The applicant must also demonstrate how their programs ultimately benefit the students in a school or district.
3. Program Type: 25 Points
Does your program deal with aerospace and/or aeronautics?
Programs which focus on aerospace and/or aeronautics will be given priority to other programs.
4. Future Consideration: 25 Points
What are your plans for the future to continue your programs?
The Alan Shepard Award recognizes what you have done in the past year, but plans to continue or expand your current programs are also evaluated.
Only mailed applications accepted:
submissions for the 2013 award must be postmarked no later than
January 14, 2013.
The winner will be announced on this site
March 4, 2013.
V. Guidelines for Completing the Application. Top of Page
Please submit the following: Download Application
1. An Award Application.
The Application has three sections.
a. Entry Form
b. Demographic Profile sheet
c. Check List (to reference and assist you in
compiling your application).
2. An abstract of the key elements of the program (one page).
3. A clear description and explanation of the program or service and its outcomes for which you are seeking the Award (three pages).
4. Published curriculum material, software, photographs, etc. may also be included.
Thank you for your interest in the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. If you have questions, please contact The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, by phone 321-452-2887, by FAX 321-452-6244, or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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