The 2015 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching

The National Museum of Mathematics is pleased to announce that the application period is now open for the 2015 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching.  Designed to recognize and promote hands-on math teaching in upper elementary and middle school classrooms, the Rosenthal Prize carries a cash award of $25,000 for the single best activity, plus up to five additional monetary awards for other innovative activities.  The winning teacher(s) will have the opportunity to share their innovative activities with educators across the country.  Click here to learn more.

The 2014 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching

Congratulations to the finalists for the 2014 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching, and thank you to all who applied.  This year’s winner will be announced on December 5 at the start of Family Fridays; register at familyfridays.momath.org.

The 2013 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching

Brent Ferguson (runner-up), Saul Rosenthal (Trustee and Sponsor), and Trang Vu (winner) pose for a photo at the announcement of the winner of the second annual Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching.

Brent Ferguson (runner-up), Saul Rosenthal (Trustee and Sponsor), and Trang Vu (winner) pose for a photo at the announcement of the winner of the second annual Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching.


Congratulations to Trang Vu and Brent Ferguson, respectively the winner and runner-up for the 2013 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching! Trang, a teacher at La Jolla High School in La Jolla, CA, was awarded a $25,000 cash prize, and Brent, a teacher at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ, was awarded a $10,000 cash prize.

The 2012 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching

Congratulations to Scott Goldthorp and Patrick Honner, respectively the winner and runner-up for the 2012 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching! Scott, a teacher at Rosa International Middle School in Cherry Hill, NJ, was awarded a $25,000 cash prize, and Patrick, a teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, NY, was awarded a $10,000 cash prize.

Download Scott Goldthorp’s winning lesson plan, “Hands-On Data Analysis.”

Download Patrick Honner’s runner-up lesson plan, “Sphere Dressing.”

Patrick Honner (runner-up), Saul Rosenthal (Trustee and Sponsor), and Scott Goldthorp (winner) pose for a photo at the announcement of the winner of the first annual Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching.

Patrick Honner (runner-up), Saul Rosenthal (Trustee and Sponsor), and Scott Goldthorp (winner) pose for a photo at the announcement of the winner of the first annual Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching.

About the Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching

The annual Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching is designed to recognize and promote hands-on math teaching in the upper elementary and middle school classrooms. Each year, the winning teacher is awarded a cash prize of $25,000, and and the winning activity is shared with interested teachers across the country.

The Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching has four goals:

  • To recognize and reward exceptional 4th through 12th grade teachers who employ innovation(s) appropriate to the upper elementary or middle school classroom.
  • To demonstrate to the education profession and the general public that innovative math teaching exists and can successfully reach the middle grades.
  • To replicate the successful innovative activity of the winning teacher, distribute it to classrooms across the country, and positively impact math education in the United States.
  • To encourage innovation and incorporation of hands-on methods in classrooms around the country.