Thursday, January 9, 2014

Nominations foe Outstanding Earth Science Teacher

This is a national program. If you don't live in Alabama, go to for more info.

2014 Alabama Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award

The Outstanding Earth Science Teacher award program is administered by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers ( The award goes to a K-12 science teacher who teaches earth-science classes or who teaches substantial units of earth science in general-science classes. The state award consists of earth science textbooks, a modest cash award, and other earth-science publications. The state winner competes at the section level, and section winners compete at the national level. See the NAGT website for details. State winners for a given year are chosen May 1st. Nominations received after that date are considered for the following year.

The Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards program was adopted by NAGT in 1971. Devised to honor pre-college teachers of earth science, the program has the following specific objectives:
• Identify excellence in teaching
• Appropriately recognize and reward excellence in teaching
• Stimulate higher levels of teaching performance
• Establish NAGT as a strong support organization for pre-college education, and
• Via active statewide and sectional programs, build a solid state, regional, and national liaison with administrators of pre-college earth science education.

Please use the Alabama OEST form (available from me), rather than the generic national form, which is on the NAGT website. Please send me the filled-out form by April 1st. Please send the form to the address below.

Thank you,
David C. Kopaska-Merkel
NAGT Alabama State Representative
Geological Survey of Alabama
Box 869999
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-6999

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