2017 OBTA criteria
OUTSTANDING BIOLOGY TEACHER AWARD
Since 1961, the National Association of Biology Teachers each year attempts to identify an Outstanding Biology Teacher in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C. and overseas territories. The program continues strong, sponsored by Carolina Biological and Ken-A-Vision. Award winners receive certificates as well as public recognition and professional gratification, in addition to several gift certificates and a year’s membership in NABT. Each year NABT also honors recipients at a special luncheon held in conjunction with NABT ‘s National Convention. This is an excellent way to reward outstanding biology teachers for their valuable contributions to the profession and to their students.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
All biology teachers in grades 7-12 in public or private schools, who teach primarily life sciences. Membership in NABT is not required. Candidates may be renominated in subsequent years.
WHO CAN MAKE NOMINATIONS?
Colleagues, administrators, students, the teacher/candidates themselves or anyone competent to judge the candidate’s teaching effectiveness.
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA?
Teaching ability and experience, cooperativeness in the school and the community, inventiveness, initiative and inherent strengths.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
Candidates will complete a record form summarizing their professional experience, academic background and educational philosophy. Two recommendations from colleagues closely familiar with each candidate’s teaching effectiveness are required.
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
Fill out a nomination form for a colleague or self-nominate HERE
Contact the state’s OBTA director: