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The Department has moved to 135 Santilli Highway in Everett. The Department's office and Licensure Welcome Center are open. The new location has free parking and is a short walk from the Wellington station on the MBTA's Orange Line.
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STEM School and Educator Awards Overview

Every year, DESE and partner organizations recognize a small number of outstanding districts, schools, and educators from across the Commonwealth. More information on each award program is below. Please consider nominating your districts, a STEM educator, or applying for one of these recognitions yourself!

Recognition nameWho it honorsPrizeDue date for applications and nominations
Green Ribbon Schools Schools and districts that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff, and delivering effective environmental and sustainability education Recipients of the award are invited to a ceremony in Washington, D.C. where they receive a plaque; are the subject of media attention; and have their efforts celebrated. Applications due Monday January 23, 2023
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science. Grade span eligibility alternates each year. $10,000 National Science Foundation award and a trip to Washington, D.C. Applications for 7–12th grade teachers are now open. Applications must be completed by February 6, 2023.

Last Updated: December 15, 2022

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
135 Santilli Highway, Everett, MA 02149

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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