Application Requirements and Form

The application period for the 2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators has closed.  The application period for the 2015 awards will open in Autumn 2014.  


Application Requirements

  1. General information about the teacher. The first section of the application includes contact information, eligibility review, and a summary of teaching experience.
  2. Six brief essays. The second section of the application lists 6 essay questions to which teachers are required to respond.
    • Selection criteria and corresponding questions are listed under the following six headings: Innovation, Achievement, Serving the Underserved, Community, Leadership, and Integration.
    • Teachers should be certain to clearly address every question in each group of essay questions and, as applicable, include a brief narrative for the accompanying sample teaching materials in section 3 (see below).
    • If the teacher’s response to a particular question cites information provided in the response to another question, or in the sample teaching materials, the response should clearly indicate where the information is located so that the reviewer may easily find it.
    • Essay length, font type and size specifications. The length of the essays, in total must not exceed 9 pages (an essay may start on the same page the previous essay ended). Additional pages will not be read or evaluated. Essays are to be written in Times New Roman font, size 11 or 12, line spacing 1.5, margins no smaller than 0.5 inches.
  3. Sample teaching materials. The third section of the application requests supportive materials that demonstrate the teacher's work with students.
    • Content - Include materials from one unit/curriculum or module that the teacher has taught. Briefly explain how these materials are/were used, and how the students responded to them.
    • Source(s) - Materials may be original to the teacher or may be from an existing education curricula source. If existing curricula or activities are submitted, please document the source of the materials.
    • Length - Sample teaching materials may not exceed 5 pages. Materials must include a brief description about how they are/were used. In addition to the sample teaching materials, teachers may include up to 5 pages of photos.  Photos must be clearly labeled. (Photos are encouraged, but optional.)
      Web links to supporting teaching materials, such as photos (5 or fewer pages), audio or video/visual recordings (10 or fewer minutes total playing time) may also be provided. These documents must be accompanied by a brief description of the project. Reviewers will not attempt to find online content for invalid hyperlinks, so please make sure they are active.
  4. Three letters of support . Each application must include 3 signed letters of support. These letters must be from individuals who are personally familiar with the quality of the teacher's instruction in environmental education.
    • Letters must come from:
      • An administrator from the school
      • A fellow teacher
      • A past or current student
    • Letters of support must not exceed one page and must include the following:
      • Relationship to teacher
      • Familiarity with the teacher and the work for which the teacher is being considered
      • Perspective on why the teacher's work is unique and innovative in the field of environmental education, and how the teacher might inspire others to utilize environmental education.

The original letters should be submitted separately (as attachments) to the application.


Application Form

The submission period for applications for the 2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators has closed. This application is provided for reference purposes only, and may be updated for the 2015 application period.

2014 PIAEE Application Form


Online Submissions

The submission period for the 2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators has closed. The application period for the 2015 awards will open in Autumn 2014.

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Hard Copy Submissions

The submission period for the 2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators has closed. The application period for the 2015 awards will open in Autumn 2014.

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