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Public Outreach to Vermont Schools

A key aspect of the VASE mission is to foster a deeper understanding and promote discourse on scientific and technical matters among Vermont's citizens. We are especially interested in promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in Vermont schools, through annual awards for Outstanding Teaching in Science, and through Small Equipment Grants to teachers and their schools.

VASE Outstanding Teaching in Science (K-12) Awards

The Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE) recognizes and honors Vermont's outstanding teachers by granting two annual awards to teachers in Vermont who have served as role models for their colleagues and are leaders in the improvement of science education. One award will be given for a teacher of kindergarten through 8th grade and the second for 9th through 12th grade.

A list of recent recipients

Call for Nominations, 2015

The VASE Outstanding Teaching in Science Awards require that the candidate:
  • inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn
  • stimulate critical thinking
  • have sustained excellence in teaching
  • have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues
  • have developed innovative approaches to teaching methodology and curricula
  • play an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school.

Nomination applications must include:

  • a nominating letter,
  • a second letter of recommendation
  • the candidate's resume, and
  • a one-page statement of teaching philosophy written by the candidate.

Completed applications should be sent to:
Dr. Grace Spatafora, Middlebury College

Materials must be received on or before May 22, 2015. Awards include a commemorative plaque and a monetary gift presented at a public forum to honor the awardees, who will become affiliates of the Academy.

An announcement in PDF form can be downloaded.

Last modified April 24 2015 10:40 AM

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