Jun 01, 2018 2018-06-01
The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence will award $1 million to outstanding public high school skilled-trades teachers and their classrooms. These educators are teaching their students how to repair cars, how to weld, how to build houses, how to install electrical systems and plumbing, and more. They are implementing curriculum matched to a relevant career path and future work choices, one designed to flow seamlessly into next-step options, whether to employment or college. They are encouraging exploration and experimentation among students in a safe environment and connecting students to new relationships and worlds outside the classroom. Educators may apply as individuals or as a team. Every teacher who applies will gain access to ideas and practices shared through a series of expert-led learning modules available for free. Three first-place winners and their schools will receive $100,000 ($30,000 to the teacher or teacher team, and $70,000 to their high school’s skilled-trades program), and 15 second-place winners will receive $50,000 ($15,000 to the teacher or teacher team, and $35,000 to their high school’s skilled-trades program).
Deadlines: Round 1 applications due by July 6, 2018; semifinalists announced on August 15, 2018; Round 2 applications due by September 5, 2018; winners announced on November 15, 2018