Award Overview and Criteria
The New Mexico Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator of the Year Award recognizes and honors an educator who has excelled in environmental education while using PLT in their work. Individuals nominated for this award should meet the following criteria:
- Demonstrates commitment to environmental education
- Integrates PLT into his or her curriculum or work
- Uses PLT to make an impact on curriculum standards, proficiencies, or policies
- Encourages other teachers, schools, school districts or agencies to incorporate PLT as part of their environmental education program
- Has personal qualities that personify an outstanding PLT educator such as leadership, energy and enthusiasm, involvement in special environmental projects, etc.
Who is eligible?
Any educator working in the state of New Mexico who is trained in and using Project Learning Tree curriculum may be nominated. An educator may be a teacher, naturalist, youth leader, or anyone actively involved in the education of youth.
Who can make a nomination?
Nominations are welcomed from teachers, principals, superintendents, parents, students, and community members. Self-nominations are also welcome.
How do I nominate someone?
The form will be posted here when nominations are open. Nominations are due by January 15 each year. The nomination form includes the following:
- Nominee and nominator’s name and contact information
- A narrative describing the educator’s qualifications in meeting the criteria listed above with specific ways he or she has used or promoted PLT curriculum, and any additional professional and community activities and accomplishments (250 words max.)
- Optional attachments: Supporting materials such as articles, photos, or other awards.
About the Award
The winner is announced in spring each year. The award includes a plaque and recognition at the educator’s school, workplace or another appropriate event. The winner is also recognized through EEANM’s website and newsletter.
Read more about New Mexico Project Learning Tree.
Photo: Tree by opopododo/Flickr.