OEST PROCESS AND PROCEDURES MANUALJump down to:
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INTRODUCTIONThe Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards program was adopted by the National Association of Geology Teachers (NAGT) in 1971. Devised to honor Pre-College Teachers of Earth Science, the program has the following specific objectives:
- Identify excellence in teaching,
- Appropriately recognize and reward excellence in teaching,
- Stimulate higher levels of teaching performance,
- Create an interest in Earth Science Curricula generally,
- Establish NAGT as a strong support organization for Pre-College education, and
- Via active statewide and sectional programs, build a solid state, regional, and national liaison with administrators of Pre-College earth science education.
section application deadline. Then the section liaison should inform the National OEST Committee Chair, by June 1st, of all recipient names and email addresses.
By June 1st
- contact Mike Passow, OEST Committee Chair, with award recipient name and email
- please direct your award winners to the OEST Recipient Information page. The online form for OEST winners requires the award recipient to include a brief narrative (300 words), a digital picture (300 pixels/inch or 480 x 600 pixels), and contact information for the winner's home and school. These are required for publication in a brochure to be distributed at the NAGT/GSA luncheon each Fall. The material may also appear in publications of the award sponsors.
- the request for the OEST plaque should be made by the OEST representative on the OEST Plaque Information page. Award plaques will be dated in the current year.
Submissions received after the June 1 deadline will not be included in any acknowledgments for the current OEST cycle.
At the National LevelThe OEST Program is administered by a constitutionally mandated standing committee consisting of one member from each regional NAGT Section plus two or three members-at-large (if one of the two members-at-large is selected as Chair, a third member-at-large will be appointed).
At the Sectional Level
The NAGT Constitution states "Nominations will be made to the President of each section who will arrange for the Section Selection Committee." In many sections, local customs or official by-laws mandate that a person other than the Section President run the OEST program for the Section.
Several of the sections have separate OEST representatives for each state within their section. These representatives will report to the section representative, who will advise and coordinate the award process for the section.Whomever is given the responsibility of running the OEST program for the Section automatically becomes the Sectional Representative to the national OEST Committee. It is the responsibility of each Section to inform the OEST Committee Chair concerning any changes in the status of the Section representative. All nominations must be submitted online at the OEST Nomination Form page.
Nominations will be forwarded (by the NAGT central office) to the OEST Sectional Representative of the appropriate Section within as short a time as practical.
A Solicitation Letter
here. Note that the narrative portion of the application is limited to one single-spaced typewritten page for each of the seven elements mentioned on the form.
In such a case, state winners should not be named unless there has truly been a state competition. The practice of soliciting nominations for a Sectional OEST award should not, by itself, automatically result in state winners being selected. If teachers are nominated for a state award, knowing ahead of time that the state winners will compete for Sectional honors, then there should be both state and sectional winners named (no matter whether there is one regional selection panel or several state selection panels). However, if the call for nominations states the competition is for a Sectional Award, then no state winners should be named.
The most effective selection committees generally contain between four and six members. Some suggested perspectives to be included on the committee (state or Sectional) include:
- an NAGT State (or Section) Coordinator, Chair;
- a geology Professor;
- a Science Education Professor;
- a Principal;
- an industry representative (such as state mining association);
- an Earth Science Teacher (perhaps a former OEST winner ); and
- a State Department of Education representative.
The successful awards program should embody three elements:
- Tangible and high-quality rewards
- Public presentation on an appropriate occasion
- Honor to as many nominees as possible
Tangible and High-Quality RewardsEach person honored by the competition should receive an appropriate award for his or her level of achievement. The award should produce a feeling of pride in the recipient. It should also reflect favorably upon NAGT by forcefully demonstrating our interest in and encouragement of excellence in earth science teaching at the K-12 level. Several levels of awards are built into the OEST Program. Some awards are funded by NAGT and other organizations at the national level, while others are funded locally. NAGT reserves the right to limit the total number of plaques and memberships given to any one Section.
Honor to Many
Funding an Awards Program
- News releases to the hometown paper of each teacher honored as well as to all organizations newsletters
Sample Newspaper Notice (Acrobat (PDF) 28kB Jan5 11)
- Letters of appreciation to each financial supporter of the program.
- Letter to each award recipient encouraging them to write a letter of appreciation to the organizations providing the award(s).
- A letter of congratulations to the school and system administrators.
- A letter of thanks to the organization providing the forum for NAGT to make the OEST awards.
These things having been done, the state, or Section, is set to begin the cycle again.