** CLICK THE LINK IN "MORE INFORMATION" ** The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding skilled trades programs at public high schools in the United States.
We define an “excellent” program as one led by a teacher who clearly loves the subject matter and is both highly knowledgeabale and skilled; whose curriculum is matched to a relevant career pathway and future work choices; is designed to flow seamlessly into next-step options, whether to employment or college; encourages exploration and experimentation among students in a safe environment; and connects students to new relationships and worlds outside the classroom.
We will award three first-place prizes of $100,000, with $70,000 going to the high school skilled trades program and $30,000 to the individual skilled trades teacher or teachers behind the winning program. Seven second-place winners will each be awarded $30,000, with $20,000 to the high school program and $10,000 to the teacher or teacher team.
But it’s not just these 10 prizewinners who will walk away with something of value. Every teacher who applies for the prize will get access to powerful ideas and practices, shared through a series of expert-led learning modules available free and online, to help them be even more effective in the classroom. Our goal, like theirs, is to help students flourish.