The CS Teaching Excellence Awards are designed to recognize outstanding teaching by K–12 computer science teachers. Winners demonstrate their excellent work inspiring students to explore the computer science field; effectively engage students in learning rigorous, standards-aligned, computer science content; and a focus on broadening participation of underrepresented students in computing. 
 
New this year: We have dramatically simplified the application process to make it easier for teachers to apply. We think it should take no more than 45 minutes to complete the application. You only will have to submit letters of recommendation if you move on to the second round.
 
Winners of the award will receive:
  • A $5,000 award
  • An all expenses paid trip to the CSTA Annual Conference and recognition on stage during the opening keynote of the conference
  • A featured article that shares their work in the CSTA Voice
 
Starting in 2019, up to five runners up will also be recognized, receiving:
  • A $1,000 award
  • A featured article that shares their work in the CSTA Voice
Applications were reviewed based on the following rubric:
 
Criteria
The applicant is an inspirational teacher 
 
 
 
The applicant is an effective and engaging computer science teacher 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The applicant intentionally broadens the participation of underrepresented students in computing. 
Average (2)
There is a single example of how the teacher has inspired students to study computer science. (attitudes and beliefs)
 
Evidence of student growth of CS knowledge and skills while a part of the teacher's class including intentional use of at least one engagement practice in the classroom to impact student learning. (important that clear CS concepts are part of the class) 
 
 
 
Evidence of broadening participation is provided for one or more underrepresented groups. 
Excellent (5)
There is clear evidence from multiple sources of how the teacher has inspired students to study computer science. 
 
Evidence of student growth of CS knowledge and skills while a part of the teacher's class, including intentional use of multiple engagement practices in the classroom to impact student learning.
 
The examples highlight trends for groups of students, not just individual achievements. 
 
Evidence of broadening participation is provided for multiple underrepresented groups, tied to international strategies implemented by the applicant to do so. 
 
 
The support for this award was generously provided by the Infosys Foundation USA.
 

Past Awards for CS Teaching Excellence Winners: 

 
2018–2019 

Nimmi Arunachalam 
Michelle Cannon
Elaine Griggs 
Jonathan LoPorto
Laura Ramirez 

Honorable Mentions
Michelle G. Lee
Lanna Mack 
Andrea Salas 
Kristie Steinlicht 
Leon Tynes 

Read more about the winners.

 
2017–2018
Sandra Czajka
Martin Fish
Bobby Oommen
Ryan Robidoux
Dylan Ryder
 
2016–2017
Eric Allatta
Jacqueline Corricelli
Karen Donathan
Farrah Falco
Steven Floyd
Ray Kinne
William Lau
Robert Luciano
Daniel Moix
Jared O’Leary