The nomination period for the DART Minds Inspired Excellence in Teaching STEM Award has begun.
The nominations are open to all home school, public and private teachers of STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — subjects who work within Cayman Islands elementary and high schools. The award is designed to support growth in STEM education by rewarding and recognising excellence in teaching STEM subjects, and providing school grants to purchase STEM related resources.
“My research has shown that a common characteristic of schools where STEM thrives is committed, knowledgeable teachers and STEM resources,” said Glenda McTaggart, Dart’s education programmes manager. “Minds Inspired focused on developing innovative educational STEM programmes for Cayman’s youth over the past five years. We hope this award will further engage our schools and teachers, and inspire them to take STEM learning in Cayman to the next level.”
Dart’s continued support of STEM is rooted in its commitment to help equip Cayman’s youth with the skills required to be tomorrow’s leaders, said DART CEO Mark VanDevelde.
“STEM classes teach more than the subjects being studied,” he said. “They are a meaningful way for students to learn collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity, and skills that are vital for success in today’s workplace.”
To ensure the integrity of this award, only another teacher, department head or principal can nominate a teacher and teachers may not self-nominate or be nominated by a spouse or relative. In addition, a blind selection process will be used. This means the selection panel will not know the names of nominated teachers and schools until the last stage of the process.
Nominations will close Feb. 1, 2019, and finalists and winners will be announced in early March, 2019.
Nomination forms, information and detailed guidelines are available on www.MindsInspired.ky.