“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 2020
  • Grand prize winner will receive a cash award of $3500, and an additional $500 for their classroom
  • Finalists will receive a $1300 cash award, and an additional $500 to spend on their classrooms
  • Finalists will be filmed for observation and media coverage: February/March 2020
  • Winner Selection: April 2020
  • alliantgroup Elementary Science Teacher Award luncheon date: April 2020(Exact Date TBD)
“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
  • Facilitate a campus-based PD centered on science/STEM instruction to 1) build capacity with colleagues and 2) increase
    student mastery
  • Co-facilitation of a session at the January 2020 Elementary Math and Science Summit
  • Live delivery of an exemplar lesson or video submission
  • Social media engagements (will be part of Grand Prize Winner judging)

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 3, 2020.

Elementary Science Lead Teacher Collaborative Sessions:

  • September 24 or 25, 2019
  • October 22 or 23, 2019
  • December 3 or 4, 2019
  • January 28 or 29, 2020
  • February 25 or 26, 2020

Timeline

  • Academic memo sent to principals: October 2019
  • Introduction of award, alliantgroup representative presentation, and awards packets distributed at the September 24 and 25
    Lead Teacher Collaborative sessions.
  • Candidate selection and nomination: January 2020
  • Selection committees formed and finalists notified: February 2020
  • Finalists will be filmed for observation and media coverage: February/March 2020
  • Selection: April 3, 2020
  • Event date: April 2020 (Exact Date TBD)
  • Award paid: Overall winner- $3,500 + $500 for classroom, other (5) finalists- $1,300 + $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 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 in April 2020.
For more information, please contact –
Rose Adams, Strategy & Innovation – [email protected], 713-556-7213.
Donelle Williams, Elementary Curriculum & Development – [email protected], 713-556-6823.