What is the prize?
More than $500,000 will be awarded to great skilled trades teachers and their high schools. Three first-place prizes of $100,000 will be awarded—$70,000 to the high school skilled trades program and $30,000 to the individual skilled trades teacher or teacher team behind the winning program. Seven second-place winners will each be awarded $30,000—$20,000 to the high school program and $10,000 to the teacher/team. Beyond the prizes, every applicant will gain access to powerful ideas and practices, shared through a series of online expert-led learning modules, to help them be even more effective in the classroom.
Who is eligible?
The prize is open to skilled trades teachers or teams of teachers in U.S. public high schools. Skilled trades include agriscience, automotive manufacturing/refinishing/ service/collision repair, automotive technology, carpentry, construction, electrical, heating/ventilation/air conditioning, plumbing and welding—programs with hands-on learning, doing, building and/or repair.
How do I apply?
Register via this website, completing the info requested at the bottom of the landing page. You’ll then receive a return email from our team to verify the email address you provided. Click SUBMIT to verify, and then return to the website with your email and the password you provided to access the application. You’ll tell us about yourself, your approach to teaching skilled trades and how the curriculum connects to career pathways, and what difference your program makes in the lives of your students. You will also be asked to go through a series of “learning modules”—short readings and videos—and share how the ideas presented connect to your teaching practice.
How are the winners chosen?
We’re looking for the most passionate, skilled teachers who lead programs with curriculum matched to a relevant career pathway for students and whose approach to teaching encourages exploration and experimentation by students in a safe environment, connecting them to new relationships and worlds outside the classroom. Semifinalists, finalists and winners will be chosen by panels of judges drawn from diverse worlds including education, skilled trades, community development, business and the arts.
What’s the application deadline?
The deadline for initial applications is 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday, July 24, 2017. Semi-finalists will be announced on August 7, 2017, and they will be asked to submit another round of materials by 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Friday, September 8, 2017. Ten finalists will be announced on Oct. 9, 2017, and the three first-place winners will be announced on October 26, 2017.