AiC Educator Award

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Continuing from 2019-2020 season into the 2020-2021 season, there will not be a formal national review round for the Educator Award as in previous years. Affiliates will have the autonomy to review their own Educator Award applications and make selections based on your own reviews. We will provide guidelines for how we recommend to review the applications, and characteristics to which attention should be paid, but Affiliates will have the independence to review the applications and select at their discretion.

The roles and responsibilities for the Aspirations and Educator Awards are often linked together and most of the coordinator's duties for each award such as: outreach, selection of local winners/honorable mentions, notification of award recipients, and event planning are done together. This is due to the fact that only educators who have endorsed a student's application for the Aspirations in Computing Award are eligible to apply for the NCWIT Educator Award. That's why we encourage any outreach to be done simultaneously. Find out more about outreach for the NCWIT Educator Award here.
 
 
2020-2021 Important Dates for Educator Award & National Educator Award
 

September 1, 2020 |

AiC Award, Collegiate Award and Educator Award Applications Open

November 5, 2020 |

AiC Application DEADLINE at 11:59 p.m. ET

November 12, 2020 |

Educator Endorsement and Parental Approval deadline at 11:59 p.m. ET

December 7, 2020 |

Educator Award Application DEADLINE at 11:59 p.m. ET

Dec. 9, 2020 - Jan. 31, 2021|

Educator Award Application Reviews

January 22, 2021 |

National Educator Award Applications Open

February 12, 2021 |

Educator Award Selections Due

February 15, 2021 |

National Educator Award Applications DEADLINE at 11:59 p.m. ET

February 17 - March 12, 2021 |

National Educator Award Application Reviews

February 22, 2021 |

Educator Award Recipients Notified by NCWIT

March 26, 2021 |

National Educator Award Winner Selected

 

Educator Award Responsibilities and Roles

 

Educator Award Outreach and Promotion

Given that eligible Educator Award applicants must endorse a high school application, one of the biggest challenges an Affiliate faces is getting out the word about the Aspirations in Computing Award and getting young womxn who are in 9th -12th grade to apply. 

What YOU can do

  • Reach out in your region and find volunteers to help spread the word about the Aspirations in Computing Award and encourage those in their community to apply. 

    • Teachers, school administrators, counselors, local non-profits are all great resources to help conduct outreach.

    • Encouraging past recipients to apply again (if eligible) and reach out to their friends

    • Tap into groups like CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) as part of your outreach strategy. 

    • READ MORE

  • Follow up with Endorsers of Aspirations in Computing Award Applications and encourage them to apply! Fill out this form and NCWIT will email the endorser.

 

Outreach Tools

  • NCWIT will be sending centralized communication outreach, look at the dates in this calendar to ensure there isn’t overlap (i.e. not sending the same message to the same contacts in the same week)

  • Ready-to use messaging

    • Not sure how to message some of your outreach? Use the Email Templates located on your Coordinator Dashboard to conduct outreach!

    • When in doubt, use the sharing package!

    • Questions? Reach out to your RAM!

 

 

Educator Award Reviews, Selection and Notification

  • Reviewer updates

    • Continuing from changes made in the 2019-2020 Season, in the 2020-2021 season there will not be a formal national review round for the Educator Award as in previous years. Affiliates will have the autonomy to review their own Educator Award applications and make selections based on your own reviews. We will provide guidelines for how we recommend to review the applications, and characteristics to which attention should be paid, but Affiliates will have the independence to review the applications and select at their discretion.

  • *Educator Award Reviewing Guidelines coming soon!*

  • Who reviews and selects  

    • You may wish to recruit volunteers from your local business and academic community to serve on a selection committee, with anywhere from two to five or more committee members. These volunteers will review the applications from your region and select the winners and honorable mentions for your award.

    • Potential reviewers can be employees of sponsoring corporations, professors, graduate and undergraduate computing/engineering students, and other professionals. 

    • Qualifications: For the Educator Award, one does not need to be a technical professional to review.

    • Reviewers may not be: parents of high school applicants or colleagues of the applicants.

  • Please note that it will be up to the affiliate coordinator to distribute copies of the applications to all committee members, as some may not have full access to the coordinator portal. READ MORE

 

 

Educator Award Designations

The Award levels include:

 

Affiliate Educator Awards (reviewed and selected by YOU!)

All Affiliate Award recipients should be selected and shared with RAMs no later than January 31, 2021.

  • Affiliate Educator Award Winner:  Educators who significantly encourage all self-identifying women, genderqueer and non-binary students’ interest and participation in technology pursuits. Students who have significantly demonstrated interest and aptitude for computing

    • Affiliate Educator Award Winners receive a $250 cash prize, issued via virtual gift card by NCWIT. They receive an individual trophy, swag, and their school will be notified of their recognition. They then become eligible to apply for reimbursement up to $750 for professional development activities (depending on available funds) along with other recipients.

  • Affiliate Educator Award Honorable Mention: Educators who encourage all self-identifying women, genderqueer and non-binary students’ interest and participation in technology pursuits.Includes students who have demonstrated interest and aptitude for computing. 

    • Affiliate Educator Award Honorable Mention recipients receive an individual trophy, swag, and their school will be notified of their recognition. They then become eligible to apply for reimbursement up to $750 for professional development activities (depending on available funds).

 

The National Educator Award

  • Launched in 2018, the NCWIT National Educator Award is open to all past NCWIT Affiliate Educator Award Winners and Honorable Mentions. The award celebrates one outstanding educator whose work embodies the mission of NCWIT through their encouragement and support of all self-identifying women, genderqueer and non-binary students in technology.

    • The National Educator Winner prize package includes a $2,500 cash award and all travel related expenses (ground transportation, flights, hotel, meals and conference registration) for the annual NCWIT Summit on Women and IT. The recipient is publicly recognized at Summit and receives an individual trophy, swag, and their school will be notified of their recognition.

    • Applications for the National Educator Award are by invitation only from NCWIT. Applicaitons are externally reviewed, then internally selected by NCWIT

 

 

Planning your Event

  • Who to recognize:

    • National and Affiliate Winners, Honorable Mentions, and Rising Stars of the Aspirations in Computing Award and the NCWIT Educator Award are recognized and celebrated at your local ceremony. 

    • It is strongly encouraged to allow Educator Award Recipients to speak at the award ceremony, and to encourage all educators who have endorsed an application to attend the event.

  • Speakers/Panelists:

    • If there are Collegiate Award Finalists in your Affiliate, we highly recommend you invite them to speak or participate in a panel. They are inspirational speakers with great advice to share with high schoolers.

  • Prizes:

    • NCWIT will send you trophies/certificates and swag to distribute to all award recipients at your event.

      • Please note that this will involve your timely review of the trophy proofs to ensure accuracy before production.

    • Learn more about planning your event.

 

 

The NCWIT Educator Award is sponsored by AT&T.