Project WET Launches Educator of the Year Competition
For the first time ever, Project WET is holding an Educator of the Year program. This award was created to recognize the outstanding teachers and community educators who use the Project WET curriculum to teach students the value of water. To learn more and nominate yourself or another educator, visit projectwet.org/educator-award.
For 37 years, Project WET has educated people around the world with science-based, hands-on activities. Because of this widespread impact, it may come as a surprise to learn that Project WET is a small nonprofit with fewer than ten employees. In order to achieve such a broad reach, the organization counts on a global network of educators who use the Project WET curriculum to inspire their students to value water in new ways.
This year, Project WET decided to create a new program to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of these amazing educators. “These teachers and community educators are essential to our mission, but we don’t always get to see them in action because we’re not in the classroom with them every day,” said Project WET Communications Manager Kyla Tengdin. “We want to create an opportunity for everyone to see how they use our curriculum to make a difference in their communities.”
For Project WET VP of Networks Julia Beck, the Educator of the Year award is a way to connect more meaningfully with those who benefit from the organization’s work. “We’re taking this chance to thank the educators who use our activities to teach about their own watersheds, creating a meaningful experience for students and inspiring solutions to local water challenges,” she said.
Candidates for the award can submit video applications at projectwet.org/educator-award. The public is invited to vote for their favorite educators by visiting the page through October 22nd. Afterwards, Project WET will select one winner from the top five vote recipients to receive the award. In addition to the official title, the winner will receive one month of access to WETconnect, Project WET’s new digital learning experience, for themselves and up to 200 students.
Educators of all subjects and settings are encouraged to apply. For more information on selection criteria and frequently asked questions, please visit projectwet.org/educator-award.