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Champion of Teacher Development Award

The Champion of Teacher Development Award recognizes building and/or school district administrators who promote continued professional learning of science teachers. 

This award is open to educators with responsibilities for supervising teachers of science at any grade level.


Karin Cyganovitch Cheektowaga Central School District

COVID-19 related changes for 2021

Due to the ongoing disruption to schools during the 2020-21 school year the Conference Committee has made some adjustments to the STANYS Awards process for 2021. The deadline for Nominations is May 15, 2021 and the Submission of Applications deadline date has been extended to July 15, 2021.

Awards will be given in 2021. The Conference Committee is planning to recognize winners at our Annual Meeting to be held November 6-7, 2021 in Rochester (assuming that such events are permitted.) We will also be celebrating our 2020 awardees at this time.


NOTE: STANYS Award  Nomination Form (a form style PDF) should be submitted and approved before an Application is submitted.

To qualify for consideration for this award, submit the:

Champion of Teacher Development Packet

An application and the information printed below are in the packet.

 I. Philosophy of your role in science education and professional development.

Provide a personal essay that describes your vision of what constitutes excellence in science teaching and learning.  Include how you have facilitated that with teachers.

 II. Supporting documentation of your role as an administrator supporting science educations and professional development.

Include letters of support that directly indicate how the nominee supports teachers in the improvement of science education.  Include specific accomplishments that have supported professional development.

 III. Evidence that demonstrates your role in professional development at the building and/or district level.

Provide evidence to demonstrate your success in professional learning of science teachers. Evidence could include, but is not limited to, activities such as: workshops you developed for your staff, videos, publications, grants the support science education and professional development, and newspaper articles.

 IV. Professional Involvement

Describe professional activities in which you have been involved in the past three years. Activities could include, but are not limited to:

  • Memberships in professional organizations
  • Offices held in professional organizations
  • Conferences attended and/or planned
  • Awards/Honors
  • Grants
  • Published materials

 Scoring Guide 

2 Philosophy Does it reflect the mission of STANYS?
4 Support Letters of support
5 Evidence Evidence that  demonstrates your success in promoting professional learning of teachers
3 Professionalism Evidence of administrator as a learner and leader in the science teaching field.

  14 = Total number of points.

Contact Information:
PO Box 2121
Liverpool, NY 13089-2121


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