“Developing a strong STEM skillset early
in life is one of the greatest competitive
edges a student can achieve in the
current job market. Every technological
advancement and economic revolution in
history has a STEM-based professional at
its heart – and every professional has a
teacher or mentor that has a special
place in theirs. Passionate and committed
teachers are responsible for fostering the
curiosity and drive of our nation’s next
STEM professionals, and for that we want
to recognize those deserving educators.”

– Dhaval Jadav
alliantgroup CEO

Dear Houston Independent School District Elementary Science Teachers:

alliantgroup is proud to partner with HISD on an exciting program to reward YOU for your investment in your students and our children.

alliantgroup and HISD understand the importance and are in full support of sparking an interest in STEM at an early age. For many students, a passionate teacher is the catalyst for that spark.

Program Highlights:

  • Six finalists selected by February 2019
  • Grand prize winner will receive a cash award of $3500, and an additional $500 for their classroom
  • Finalists will receive a $1250 cash award, and an additional $500 to spend on their classrooms
  • Finalists will be filmed for observation and media coverage: February/March 2019
  • Winner Selection: April 1-5, 2019
  • alliantgroup Elementary Science Teacher Award luncheon date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
“Developing a strong STEM skillset early in life is one of the greatest competitive edges a student can achieve in the current job market. Every technological advancement and economic revolution in history has a STEM-based professional at its heart – and every professional has a teacher or mentor that has a special place in theirs. Passionate and committed
teachers are responsible for fostering the curiosity and drive of our nation’s next STEM professionals, and for that we want to recognize those deserving educators.”

– Dhaval Jadav
alliantgroup CEO

Program Model
Elementary Curriculum & Development supports Houston Independent School District’s primary target, Goal 1: Increase Student Achievement. To support Goal 1, the Elementary Science team is committed to ensuring that through job-embedded coaching, customized professional development, and opportunities for peer collaboration, a highly-qualified science educator is well equipped in his/her instructional delivery; thus, increasing student achievement in science.
In support of this effort, the alliantgroup Science Award, will award six (6) elementary science teachers for their dedication
to increasing science achievement as evidenced by—

  • Implementation of the ten B.E.S.T3 Practices of Elementary Science Instruction
  • Design and delivery of a creative and innovative exemplar lesson (I-6)
  • Participation in 2 Lead Teacher Collaboratives
  • Co-facilitation of a session at the January 2019 Elementary Math and Science Summit
  • Live delivery of an exemplar lesson (Observation from district and/or local university partner) or video submission

The award will be given to one teacher in each region with a regional Teacher Development Specialist playing a significant
role in the implementation, follow-up and observation of regional teacher candidates. Follow-up and implementation will
be done in accordance with a completed finalist selection and nomination process by April 5, 2019.

Elementary Science Lead Teacher Collaborative Sessions:

  • November 27 or 28, 2018
  • January 22 or 23, 2019
  • February 26 or 27, 2019

Timeline

  • Academic memo sent to principals: November 15, 2019
  • Introduction of award, alliantgroup representative presentation, and awards packets distributed at the November 27 and 28 Lead Teacher Collaborative sessions.
  • Candidate selection and nomination: January 2019
  • Selection committees formed and finalists notified: February 2019
  • Finalists will be filmed for observation and media coverage: February/March 2019
  • Selection: April 1-5, 2019
  • Event date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  • Award paid: Overall winner- $3,500 + $500 for classroom, other (5) finalists- $1,250 + $500 for classroom

Scope of the Program
The alliantgroup’s sponsorship of the program will provide the following:

  • Cash stipends in alliantgroup’s name to five regional winners; and an additional cash stipend to the district’s overall winner.
  • alliantgroup will participate in the judging and selection of the overall district winner and may assist in regional winner selections.
  • HISD will provide alliantgroup with the names and work addresses for all nominees, so that alliantgroup Appreciation Certificates can be mailed.
  • HISD will provide alliantgroup with the names and work addresses for all regional winners to receive commemorative gifts.
  • HISD will issue a media and district press release to highlight the partnership and provide a media opportunity at the awards presentation during the week of April 15, 2018.
For more information, please contact –
Dorina Carrillo-Gamboa, Strategic Partnerships – dcarrill@houstonisd.org, 713-556-7216.
Donelle Williams, Elementary Curriculum & Development – dwilli16@houstonisd.org, 713-556-6823.