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Program Excellence Award

Corporate Sponsor: PAXTON PATTERSON

What is the Program Excellence Award?

Sponsored by ITEEA and Paxton/Patterson, The Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to technology and engineering education programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The Program Excellence Award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students. Awards are given to one program from each category from every state. 

The Program Excellence Award program is designed to recognize superior technology and engineering education programs in each state K-12. These award winning programs serve as a standard for comparison and models for the development of other programs. Therefore, it is essential that each program selected and recognized reflects contemporary technology engineering education.

Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in their state as proponents of advancing technological literacy for all.

Why Apply?

As an honoree and recipient of this recognition, each Program Excellence awardee receives a discounted registration to attend the ITEEA Annual conference. The Program Excellence recipient’s administrator(s) is offered a complimentary registration. Each teacher who is participating in the program will receive a free (1) year ITEEA Professional Electronic Membership. In addition to recognizing outstanding teaching in Technology and Engineering, the program provides teachers with an opportunity to build a lasting network with colleagues across the nation. This growing and vital network of award-winning teachers serves as an unparalleled vital resource for improving public understanding of technology and engineering through integrative STEM education and its contributions to the world in which we live.

Who is Eligible?

All programs at the elementary and secondary level that meet the following eligibility criteria:

The teacher(s) and/or the school must be (or become) a member of ITEEA and their respective State Association.

The program must reflect a high quality technology and engineering education (Integrative STEM education) philosophy and curriculum structure and it must incorporate effective teaching strategies.  



ANYONE—principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public—may nominate exceptional technology and engineering programs in Grades K-12. To submit a nomination (or to self-nominate), the following information is required:

School and Team Teachers’ name(s)
Email address(es)
School contact information
Brief summary of the program you are nominating (or self-nominating)

Nominations may be submitted for more than one teacher if multiple teachers are involved in the program.

Teachers may also nominate their own program.

Click here to NOMINATE yourself or someone else.

Once a program is nominated, the teacher (main point of contact) will receive an email from ITEEA with instructions to continue the application process.


The application consists of three components: administrative, narrative/sample activity or lesson, and letters of reference. Applicants will be directed to the appropriate level application. Links to the application forms will be provided upon receipt of the Nomination form above.


All applications will undergo the following review process:

At the state level, a committee will review each application and determine which applicant/program provides the best overall Technology and Engineering STEM education (Integrative STEM Education) program while utilizing contemporary teaching strategies. The state coordinator /affiliate representative will forward all final award nominations to ITEEA.

At the national level, ITEEA will recognize each state’s winning program at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels at its Annual Conference. 

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