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Rhode Island STEAM Educator Award Nomination

Nomination Form


The Rhode Island STEAM Center @ Rhode Island College, in collaboration with the Office of Governor Gina Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Education will recognize an outstanding educator with the 2020 Rhode Island STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts + Design, Mathematics) Educator Award for contributions to STEAM education in the classroom, district, state, or community.

STEAM education adds arts + design (A) to the traditional science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. STEAM acknowledges the important role design thinking and creativity pay in innovative solutions to problems and in the development of new ideas.  

The inclusion of arts + design within STEAM:
•    Represents an expanded view of exploration and discovery;
•    Provides additional ways of teaching, thinking, exploring, and understanding; and
•    Combines the freethinking and flexible processes of creativity with the structural frameworks of critical thinking.

Rhode Island needs STEAM-literate students who will be able to understand, participate, and contribute fully to a changing society.  STEAM education will provide students with the ability to understand and critically evaluate the interconnected role of science, technology, engineering, arts + design, and mathematics in today’s world.  


The Rhode Island STEAM Educator award includes:
•    A certificate of recognition from the Office of the Governor of Rhode Island.
•    Inclusion in print and online promotional materials.
•    A cash award of $500 to the recipient for use in the classroom.

REQUIREMENTS - Who can apply?

Applicant must be a full-time, licensed K-12 teacher at a public school in Rhode Island who has at least 3 years of experience teaching (the 2019-2020 school year may count as one of those years).  A team of two teachers may apply if lessons involve collaboration between teachers.  (This could be lessons taught between two different classrooms or collaborative team teaching.)  Each team member must meet all requirements and if selected, will receive half of the cash award. The winner(s) must be able to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the RI STEAM Educator (see below).


February 3, 2020                                 Application process opens to all teachers in Rhode Island public schools.
March 2, 2020                                     Application process closes at 11:59PM.
Week of March 15, 2020                      Award recipient chosen by Review Committee.
Week of March 22, 2020                      Award recipient notified.
Week of March 29, 2020                      Award recipient is announced.


Teachers may self-nominate or may be nominated by a fellow teacher, principal, or school district leader.  If self-nominating, please complete this application form.  If nominating a teacher, please complete this nomination form.  Nominated teachers will receive an email inviting them to complete an online application.  All nominees must complete an application form to be considered for the award.  More than one teacher may be nominated by the same person. There is no preference for teachers who self-nominate or are nominated by someone else.


The STEAM Educator will be evaluated on:
  1.  Lesson plan that has been implemented in the classroom that exemplifies STEAM education.  The lesson should address as many of the following criteria as possible:
  • Builds on students’ previous learning, embedded in learning progression and linked to curricular goals;
  • Includes culturally relevant and responsible materials;
  • Weaves together multiple disciplines, including STEAM elements, as well as other content fields;
  • Establishes connections between student learning and current real-world problems, needs, and/or technology;
  • Offers differentiated instruction through scaffolding for all learners;
  • Identifies assessment measures that provide multiple opportunities to demonstrate understanding; and
  • Can be replicated in other schools and districts with minimum adaptation.
  1.  Reflective essay (not to exceed 750 words) that includes answers to the following questions:
    1. How would you describe STEAM education?
    2. Why is STEAM education important?
    3. How does your lesson exemplify STEAM education?


The STEAM Educator will be asked to work with the Rhode Island STEAM Center to participate in two professional development workshop – dates TBD – to highlight innovative STEAM practices and pedagogy. 


The Rhode Island STEAM Center serves as a central educational hub and statewide resource focused on building partnerships, advocating for increased STEAM literacy, and promoting and implementing research-based practices.  


Carol M. Giuriceo
Rhode Island STEAM Center @ Rhode Island College