PCM-G Star Teacher Award Criteria

  • PCM-G will feature three STEM teachers’ stories and photos on their website during four two-month rounds beginning in March 2018. Visitors on the PCMG-G website will be asked to vote for the teacher they believe most deserves to receive the $2,000 shopping spree with AdoptAClassroom.org (the non-profit offers an online marketplace of nearly 30 school specialty and office supply vendors from which they can purchase the technology, supplies, and materials they need most). The remaining two teachers from each quarter will each receive $600 to use to purchase classroom supplies.
    • The four voting rounds will be:
      • Round #1: March/April 2018
      • Round #2: May/June 2018
      • Round #3: August/September 2018
      • Round #4: October/November 2018
  • Each of the four $2,000 winners will be automatically entered to win the New Tech Grand Prize for IT equipment for their classroom and school (valued at $10,000). The technology will include tablet computers and other education-related items. Voting for New Year-New Tech will begin in January 2019.
  • All selected teachers will receive their funds following their round of voting.
  • Deadline to apply to is January 20, 2018. Teachers selected will be notified by March 1 if they were chosen by the program and which round will feature their application.
  • Applications should reflect a request for a $2,000 grant.
  • Teachers are not required to work for a high-needs school (school-wide Title 1), but teachers must work for an AdoptAClassroom.org-approved public school. Applications from teachers working for private schools will not be considered. Prekindergarten classrooms will not be accepted for the grant. Teachers in all 50 states are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to schools in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, and Texas.
  • Teachers must be classroom teachers, but it is not required that they be STEM teachers. Teachers must explain how the funds will go to support STEM projects in any subject area.
  • It is not a requirement that teachers have an active AdoptAClassroom.org classroom page at the time of the application, but they will need to register their classroom if selected for the program.
  • Teachers must provide details on exactly which product they intend to purchase and the estimated cost of the total grant request. Teachers will be encouraged to research materials on the AdoptAClassroom.org marketplace, but some items outside of the marketplace will be accepted.
  • If teachers selected for the program change schools at any point during the voting process, they must notify AdoptAClassroom.org immediately at [email protected] If a teacher moves to a public school, they may remain in the program. If they move to a private school, they must forfeit their funds to another teacher who applied for the program selected by AdoptAClassroom.org.
  • Teachers agree to allow AdoptAClassroom.org and PCM-G to use application information in marketing for the PCM-G Start Teacher Awards and AdoptAClassroom.org STEM Funds.
  • Some applications not selected for the PCM-G Star Teacher Award may be selected by the AdoptAClassroom.org STEM Fund, depending on a number of funds available. These grants are funded by AdoptAClassroom.org donors and partners supporting STEM. AdoptAClassroom.org will notify the teachers if they are funded by the STEM Fund instead.
  • Teachers must submit a photo of themselves as part of their application. They are also encouraged to submit additional photos of their classroom in action.
  • Teachers must submit a video as part of their application. This video will be featured on the PCM-G website and social media accounts during their voting round, if selected. Teachers should cover these questions briefly: Your name, school name, school location. What do you teach? How will you use a grant to purchase STEM supplies? Why does STEM in the classroom matter to you? Anything else unique or exciting about your classroom or students.
    • If teachers cannot provide a video, they must provide photos and a reason why they cannot provide a video to be considered for the grant.
    • Videos and photos cannot include students without a parent/guardian written permission.
    • See the video below for an example.

PCM-G Star Teacher Award/AdoptAClassroom.org STEM Fund Impact Report Criteria

By applying for a donation from this grant award, you are also agreeing to provide the following:

  • All teachers must provide an Impact Report within six months of receiving funds, or they will not be accepted for any AdoptAClassroom.org grant programs for two academic years.
  • Impact reports are a one-page document about what was purchased for the classroom and the impact made for the teacher and students.
  • Teachers must also provide photos of their classroom and items purchased. Any photos that include students must be accompanied with a release form signed by a parent/guardian that allows AdoptAClassroom.org and partners to use the photos to publicize the fund.
  • All grant recipients must send back thank you letters addressed specifically to PCM-G or AdoptAClasssroom.org STEM Fund donors.
  • Teachers will be encouraged to post thank you content on social media and tag AdoptAClassroom.org and PCM-G appropriately.

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