New York State Encourages Schools to Go Green

January 30, 2012

Is your school community making an effort to “Go Green”?   If so, your school could now receive national recognition for its efforts!! 

 

The New York State education department is encouraging private and public schools to apply for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program.  This program highlights schools where staff, students, officials, and communities are working together to “Go Green”.  Applicant school’s will have to provide evidence on their efforts to save energy, reduce costs, foster health and wellness, foster environmentally sustainable learning spaces, and offer environmental education. 

 Winning schools will be recognized at an annual ceremony.  Applications must be submitted online on or before February 24, 2012.  To learn more about this program visit the New York State Green Ribbon Schools Website.

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Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

December 27, 2011

Are you a teacher, or do you know an outstanding teacher, who uses innovative approaches to teach about environmental education? The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who apply innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for exploratory and integrated learning.

As discussed in the “America’s Great Outdoors: A Promise to Future Generations” report, in order to make environmental stewardship and conservation relevant to young Americans, environmental and place-based, experiential learning must be integrated into school curricula and facilities across the country.

This program recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students.

“This awards program will highlight and encourage innovative ways to getter integrate environmental issues into our young people’s everyday learning experiences—helping to turn environmental education into environmental action,” said EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe.

Two teachers from each of EPA’s 10 regional offices will be selected to receive this award.  Visit EPA’s teacher award website at http://www.epa.gov/education/teacheraward.

Applications for the PIAEE are due on January 31, 2012.


Congratulations to Suzanne Pilon!

August 5, 2009

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The Rochester Area Colleges’ Center for Excellence in Math and Science (RAC-CEMS) wants to congratulate Suzanne Monagan Pilon for receiving the  Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Mrs. Pilon is a Primary Multi-Age Teacher at Hilton’s Quest Elementary School. The news article can be found at Hilton Central School District’s website.

To find out more about this and other awards for educators, visit our web site’s Educator Fellowships and Awards page.


Nominations for 2009 Excellence in STEM Teaching Award

December 2, 2008

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Nominate a teacher today!

We are excited to announce that nominations for the 2009 Rochester Area Excellence in STEM Teaching Award are now being accepted.

Last year was the first time the RAC Center for Excellence in Math and Science offered the STEM Teaching Award. We received nominations from many outstanding teachers, and in October, we narrowed our search down to three finalists. The Award Winner, Jennie Peck, was announced at the 2008 Collaboration Event.

The purpose of the award is to recognize effective, engaging, and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teaching in grades K-12.

To learn more, or to nominate a teacher you know, please visit the Excellence in STEM Teaching web page.