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2018 CSTA / Infosys Foundation USA
Awards for Teaching Excellence

Infosys Foundation USA, ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s leading computing society, and CSTA, the Computer Science Teachers Association, are pleased to announce the CSTA/Infosys Foundation USA Awards for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science. Five recipients will each receive an award of $5,000. The awards will be distributed at a luncheon in conjunction with CSTA’s Annual Conference July 7-10, 2018 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The award recipients will also be invited to attend Infosys Foundation USA Crossroads event which is held in California in May 2018.

Funding for the awards is being provided by Infosys Foundation USA.

Application & Deadline

Applications and nominations for the awards become available on December 7, 2017.

The deadline to submit applications is January 22, 2018.

Eligibility

  • Recipients must be employed full-time at a K-12/pre-university school, and at least 50% of that time must be spent teaching in the classroom.
  • Recipients must have taught computer science at a K-12/pre-university school for at least the last two (2) years.
  • Recipients cannot be a current member of the CSTA Board, a member of the Award committee for this award, or related to one of the above.
  • Individuals related to employees at CSTA, Infosys Foundation USA, Capitol Hill Management Services, or Association for Computing Machinery are not eligible for this award.
  • Applicants must be individual K-12 teachers. Applications must specify the primary grade band in which the teacher is employed using the following structure:
    • Elementary (grades K-5/approximate student ages 4-11)
    • Middle (grades 6-8/approximate student ages 12-14)
    • Secondary (grades 9-12/approximate student ages 15-18)
  • At least one award will be issued within each of these grade bands and no more than two (2) awards will be issued within any grade band.
  • Up to two of the awards may be granted to teachers outside the U.S. teaching computer science at the pre-university level.

Each application should consist of:
•    An employment and eligibility verification letter (required)
•    Three (3) signed and dated recommendation letters endorsing the applicant (required)
•    A narrative application from the candidate (required)
•    Supplemental material (optional)

Additional details on these application materials can be found here.

Award Details

  • Five recipients will each receive an award of $5,000.
  • At least one award will be issued within each of these grade bands and no more than two (2) awards will be issued within any grade band.
  • Up to two of the awards may be granted to teachers outside the U.S. teaching computer science at the pre-university level.
  • The awards will be distributed at a luncheon in conjunction with CSTA’s Annual Conference July 7-10, 2018 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • The award recipients will also be invited to attend Infosys Foundation USA Crossroads event which is held in California in May 2018.
Expectations of Award Recipients

Recipients will be expected to share their expertise with CSTA and the broader member community by contributing in at least one of the following ways:

  • A workshop or panel session at the Annual CSTA Conference.
  • A webinar or other professional development presentation during the school year.
  • A brief article, blog posting, or CS story which could be shared with the broader K-12 CS education community.
  • A description of one or two CS lesson plans that the applicant loves and that that s/he would be willing to share with other educators.
  • A Teacher of the Year highlight media piece; CSTA may highlight 1- 2 award recipients per month during the year to continue building awareness for the program among teachers and the broader CS Education community.

 In addition, it is expected that recipients will:

  • Become members of CSTA, and champion membership among their peers. Membership is not required for application and is not a factor in the evaluation of applications.
  • Participate in CSTA activities, whether at a local chapter level, on a CSTA committee, or other CSTA sponsored forum.
  • Be active or vocal in promoting the CS for All movement (if they are within the U.S.), or pre-university CS education with a focus on equity and access (if they are outside the U.S.).
  • Assist CSTA in identifying additional great CS educators who could be invited to participate in a future convening or who may be good future potential applicants for this award.
To learn more about the application and requirements, click here.

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Questions?

Check out our application information page or email awards@csteachers.org.

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