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Call for Nominations Open for “Educators Pick Best of STEM® 2024 Awards”

The call for nominations is now open for the Educators Pick Best of STEM® 2024 Awards. Hosted by Catapult X in partnership with MCH Strategic Data, the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), and the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), Educators Pick Best of STEM recognizes innovative products, technologies, and services that are positively impacting STEM education nationwide. Notably, now in its fourth year, this is the only awards program that is specifically created for—and judged by—STEM educators.

“There are no better judges of what’s needed and what works in today’s STEM classrooms than STEM educators themselves,” said Daylene Long, CEO of Catapult X. “The Educators Pick Best of STEM Awards brings together a highly-qualified panel of educators who decide which products and services are impacting, influencing, and supporting teaching and learning. For edtech providers, receiving this recognition is the ultimate validation.”

To enter, companies must complete a short nomination, including a description of the product, service, or technology; the grade levels the product, service, or technology serves (PreK-college/university level); and the company website and name. Companies can additionally provide a limited license or product for judges to review, as well as schedule product demonstrations during the judging period.

The awards program features more than 35 categories in total, including five new categories added this year:

  • Best Use of AI for Teaching & Learning
  • Best Comprehensive Platform for Career & Technical Education (CTE)
  • Best Entrepreneurship Program for Career & Technical Education (CTE)
  • CTE Champion: International Impact
  • Best of STEM: Differentiated Instruction for Teaching & Learning

Additional categories include:

  • Best Innovation of 2024
  • Best Customer Support
  • Best Freebies
  • Best Professional Development
  • Social Impact Award: Developing Citizen Scientists
  • Social Impact Award: Promoting Diversity & Equity Inclusion
  • …and many more, including categories for subject-specific products, CTE products, organizations pushing the boundaries of technology for teaching and learning, and products and services that are specifically helping educators accelerate student learning

All nominations are due by June 28, 2024. The cost is $695 for one submission, $625 per submission for two to four submissions, and $575 per submission for five or more submissions.   There is an early-bird discount of $50 per submission when submissions are entered before May 17, 2024.

Educator judging will take place in July followed by a popular vote, which is open to more than 250,000 educators, starting on July 30, 2024.

Winners will be announced August 20, 2024 on the Best of STEM website, LinkedIn, and X (formerly known as Twitter).

Led by Annie Galvin Teich, President of The Teich Group, this year’s judges include Dr. Linda Johnson-McClinton, Dr. Lance Brand, Dr. Jeffrey Crapper, Kim Collazo, Christina Wilson, Erin Barr, Jamica Craig and Omah Duncan. The organization is currently accepting applications for additional judges. STEM educators who are interested in judging the 2024 awards should contact Teich at ateich@theteichgroup.net before May 15, 2024.

For more information about Educators Pick Best of STEM 2024, visit www.bestofstemawards.com.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

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