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Champion of Teacher Development Award

The Champion of Teacher Development Award recognizes building, district, or regional educators who promote or provide continued professional learning of science teachers.

This award is open to educators who work with teachers of science at any grade level..


Joan O’Keeffe Ed. D
Harrison Central School District, Harrison, NY


NOTE: A Nomination Form should be submitted by before May 15 of the next Annual Conference year and approved before an Application is submitted. 

Once a nomination is approved, the candidate can complete and submit their application.

All application materials must be submitted electronically by July 15 to:

Dr. Helen Pashley, Awards Chair  -

The Awards Committee will review all applications thoroughly, and the winners will be notified by September 1.

Champion of Teacher Development Packet

It is suggested that you read the following overview carefully to understand what components are included in a successful application.

 I. Philosophy of your role in science education and professional development.

Our organization’s mission reads as follows: “The Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS) promotes excellence in science education. Its mission is to work with educators and communities to provide opportunities for ALL students to participate in and learn science.”

Provide a personal essay that describes your vision of what constitutes excellence in science teaching and learning. Emphasize how you have facilitated that with educators.

 II. Supporting documentation of your role as an administrator supporting science educations and professional development.

Include at least four letters of support that directly indicate how you support educators in the improvement of science teaching. Letters should reference specific initiatives that you have led.

 III. Evidence that demonstrates your role in professional learning within a building, district, or region.

Give evidence to demonstrate your success in providing professional learning for science educators. Evidence should include specific details of activities such as: professional learning workshops and resource materials you developed that support science education. Additional support may be provided by details of publications, grants, and encouragement of educators to attend regional, state, and national conferences

 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:

  • Memberships in professional organizations
  • Offices held in professional organizations
  • Conferences attended and/or planned or presented at
  • Awards/Honors

 Scoring Guide 

   2 Philosophy Does it reflect the mission of STANYS?
   4 Support Letters of support
   5 Evidence Evidence that  demonstrates your success in promoting professional learning of teachers
   3 Professionalism Evidence of administrator 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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