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Excellence in Science Teaching Awards

Teachers whose careers exemplify STANYS’s mission receive the STANYS Excellence in Science Teaching Award at the Annual Conference. Their work showcases excellence in teaching, leading, and providing opportunities for all students to participate in and learn science.

Each awardee will be invited to the November STANYS Annual Conference with hotel and conference registration covered by STANYS.

The award is presented at the Awards Ceremony on the first night of the conference at the general meeting prior to the Key Note Speaker.

COVID-19 Related Changes for 2021

Due to the ongoing disruption to schools during the 2020-21 school year the Conference Committee has made some adjustments to the STANYS Awards process for 2021. The deadline for Nominations is May 15, 2021 and the Submission of Applications deadline date has been extended to July 15, 2021.

Awards will be given in 2021. The Conference Committee is planning to recognize winners at our Annual Meeting to be held November 6-7, 2021 in Rochester (assuming that such events are permitted.) We will also be celebrating our 2020 awardees at this time.

Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients 2020
Elementary (K-6)

Anton Banko Award for Elementary Science

Edward Miller
Selden Middle School
Middle Country School District

Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients 2020
High School

Lisa A. Brosnick
Salamanca City School District

Dr. Sarah English
Sweet Home HS
Sweet Home Central School District

Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients 2020
Dr. Angela Pagano
SUNY Cortland

Application Process

NOTE: A STANYS Award  Nomination Form (a form style PDF) should be submitted and approved before an Application is submitted.

STANYS Excellence in Science Teaching Award Application: 
To qualify for this award, Excellence in Science Teaching Award Application must be submitted by July 15th.

Written Application Overview

I. Philosophy of Science Teaching
Describe your vision of what constitutes excellence in science teaching and learning.

II. Implementation of Philosophy of Science Teaching
Describe how you attempt to make your philosophy a reality. For example, you may describe your approaches in teaching sample lessons or units, projects, videos, special programs, community services, etc.

III. Effectiveness of the Philosophy
Provide evidence to demonstrate your success in implementing your philosophy. Evidence could include, but is not limited to, activities such as: sample student work, videos, pictures, slides, newspaper articles, published work, and letters of support from people such as students, parents,colleagues, administrators, supervisors, etc.

IV. Professional Involvement
Describe professional activities in which you have been involved in the past three years. Activities could include, but are not limited to:

  •  Workshops (attended and/or given)
  •  Published materials
  •  Courses/seminars/staff development (attended and/or taught)
  •  Conferences (attended and/or planned)
  •  Offices held in professional organizations
    1. Awards or Honors
    2. Grants
Scoring Guide
2 Philosophy Does it reflect the mission of STANYS?
5 Implementation Effectiveness of strategies to meet the philosophy.
5 Effectiveness Quality and variety of evidence that illustrates successful outcomes
2 Professionalism Evidence of teacher as a learner and leader in the science teaching field.

14 = Total number of points.

Contact Information:
PO Box 2121
Liverpool, NY 13089-2121


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