Award equity for Marianas teachers

Jun 13, 2021

Marianas math and science teachers will have the same opportunity to be recognized for their skill as teachers in the rest of the United States under provisions of my STEM Educator Awards Equity Act, introduced. H.R. 3795 expands the annual Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching so a math and a science teacher from each insular area will be selected, just as two teachers are selected from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense schools.

Currently, teachers from the Marianas, Guam, American Samoa, and Virgin Islands compete against each other for the annual Presidential Awards. This lack of equal opportunity for insular teachers defeats the purpose of the program, which is to inspire excellence within each area and provide a role model for other local STEM educators to emulate. Selected teachers receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and participate in expert-led training and collaboration opportunities in Washington.