Alaska Science Teachers Association

AWARDS and GRANTS

ASTA Classroom and Professional Development Mini-Grants

...for Members Only!


Alaska Science Teachers Association offers mini-grants for classroom projects and professional development twice a year. These are only available to current members of ASTA. To become a member of ASTA click here.


Next opportunity is for Professional Development Travel Mini-grants, up to $500 each. Apply soon! Deadline is September 30th, 2017.To apply download application below - provided in either PDF or Word format.


ASTA Fall 2017 PD Travel Grant Application.doc

ASTA Fall 2017 PD Travel Grant Application.pdf


E-mail application and inquiries to Ben Walker, Awards and Grants Coordinator




Emma Walton Award




A Bit of History


Alaska and the nation lost a science education leader in October of 2012. To continue to honor her service to encourage and strengthen science literacy throughout the country, colleagues may

nominate a science educator whose work is primarily carried out in Alaska and who exemplifies Emma's knowledge, enthusiasm, and commitment. This recognition comes with a $500 cash award to be applied to professional development.


The first recipient was granted the award in 2007, given annually for a few years. In 2011, it became a biennial award. Since then, recipients have included Cheryl Cooper, Elena Sparrow, Ray Barnhardt, Kenji Yoshikawa, and Pam Randles.


 See the Hall of Fame for information on past recipients.


Click here to view the nomination form.



Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching


The 2017 PAEMST nomination and application cycle is now open for Elementary Educators


Nomination materials available from Dave Gillam or on-line at...


See the Hall of Fame for past Alaska recipients of the award.



Other Awards Open

for Applicants and Nominees


The following awards are open for teachers and students.


Educator Awards


Student/School Awards




2015 Recipient of Presidential Award for

Excellence in Science Teaching for Alaska


    


Catherine Walker has been teaching Integrated Science at Romig Middle School for the past 10 years as well as Applied Technology and Health.

 

Catherine fosters student interest in science and supports them in becoming problem solvers and life long learners. Students in her classroom gather, analyze, and communicate meaningful data that has an impact on their community. Students explore STEM professions that interest them and learn the skills and knowledge they need to achieve success. Teaching at one of the most diverse middle schools in the country, Catherine feels it is important to inspire traditionally underrepresented students toward STEM careers.


Catherine is National Board Certified and was part of a teacher-leader team completing the three-year Academy Creating Teacher Scientists working closely with scientists at Battelle-Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA, on sustainability issues. She also completed the National Academy of Curriculum Leadership focusing on science education reform.


Catherine has a B.S., cum laude, in Biology from Brandeis University and completed the Semester in Environmental Science at the MBL in Woods Hole, MA. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali for Natural Resource Management. She also taught in the village school, trained volunteers, and revised and implemented an improved NRM program. She earned her M.A.T. from University of Alaska, Anchorage.



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