Educators such as teachers, technology specialists, counselors, and mentors play a pivotal role in addressing the shortage of young women in computing. More than 65 percent of applicants report learning about the Aspirations Award from a teacher or other school official. We are able to reach these young women through the support of organizations like the Computer Science Teacher's Association, the International Society for Technology Education, and the American School Counselors Association.
In addition to identifying a pool of talented young women, the Aspirations Award also identifies outstanding educators who play a pivotal role in helping to encourage the young women to continue exploring their interest in computing and technology. The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award recognizes educators for their efforts to promote gender equity in computing. The awardees are selected from the educators who are engaged in endorsing Aspirations award applications.
Over 160 educators have received the Aspirations Educator Award, which is generously sponsored by AT&T. Each awardee receives $1,000 for participation in a computing-related professional development activity and an engraved award. Applications for the 2014-2015 Educator Award are now closed. Award recipients are currently being notified and will attend award ceremonies in Spring 2015.