VAST RISE Awards are presented to spotlight the excellent work done by science educators across the Commonwealth. They recognize service to science education in the individual's school, school system, and the VAST district in which they work. The awards are grouped in twelve distinct categories:
The number of awards to be given each year will be determined by the Awards Selection Committee based on the qualifications of the nominees. The awardees are invited to attend the VAST Virtual PDI and will be recognized during the PDI.
Awards Nomination deadline is September 30, 2020.
Applicant does not need to be a VAST member.
Donna Sterling was a visionary science educator with a passion for working with science teachers and developing habits of inquiry-based teaching. Most recently, her leadership in the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) focused on elementary and secondary teacher professional development. This award recognizes that exemplary teachers engage in continuous improvement, and is designed to support a professional development plan for the improvement of science teaching. In 2020, the award will be given to an exemplary secondary teacher. For the secondary award the 6th grade teacher must be teaching in a secondary setting. The award alternates between elementary and middle/secondary.
The awardee will receive a total of $4000. In addition, awardees will be reimbursed for registration to attend the 2020 VAST PDI to receive the award and be invited to the 2021 PDI to present a session on the professional development experience and outcomes. The awardee will receive $3000 at the PDI in 2020. The remainder will be awarded after the awardee presents at the next PDI and also submits an article to either the newsletter The Science Educator or the Journal of Virginia Science Education.
Deadline for applications: July 15, 2020
To apply:1. In your cover letter, include information on yourself, including your preferred name, your home and school addresses, and phone numbers and email address(es) where you can be reached. Tell us how many years you have taught, where, and what grade levels.
All materials must be submitted by 5 pm on July 15, 2020.Submit applications and letters of recommendation to Dr. Juanita Jo Matkins, email@example.com
Virginia Outstanding Biology Teacher Award
Every year, an outstanding Virginia biology educator (grades 7-12) is recognized with the Virginia Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (VOBTA) and receives the National Association of Biology Teachers Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA) for Virginia. Candidates for these awards do not have to be NABT or Virginia Association of Biology Teachers (VABT) members, but they must have at least three years of public, private, or parochial school teaching experience. A major portion of the nominee's career must have been devoted to the teaching of biology/life science, and candidates are judged on their teaching ability and experience, cooperativeness in the school and community, and student-teacher relationships. The VOBTA recipient is the special guest of VABT at the annual Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) Professional Development Institute (PDI) Awards Dinner. Here, the winner is recognized at the VAST Awards Ceremony and receives a plaque for themselves and their school. At the NABT National Convention, they are the guest of Carolina Biology Supply Company at the Honors Luncheon held at the NABT Professional Development Conference, receive gift certificates from Carolina Biological Supply Company, resources from other sponsors, and award certificates and complimentary one-year membership from NABT. For information and/or to nominate or apply, please contact Kathy Frame at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline May 1, 2020.