The 2017 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.  See the 2017 flyer to learn more.

The application process for the 2017 Rosenthal Prize will open in January 2017.

Winners of the 2016 Rosenthal Prize will be announced in December 2016. 

Congratulations to the 2015 Rosenthal Prize winners!

Congratulations to Jillian Young, winner of the 2015 Rosenthal Prize of Innovation in Math Teaching!  Jillian created a lesson that helps students learn about surface area and volume using the game Minecraft. Jillian is a teacher at Elwood Kindle Elementary School in Pitman, NJ, and was awarded a $25,000 cash prize.

Jillian Young (center right) poses with (from left to right) Heather Herd (runner-up), Eileen Finney (runner-up), Larry McMillan (runner-up), Saul Rosenthal (Sponsor and MoMath Trustee), Cindy Lawrence (MoMath Executive Director and CEO), Ralph Pantozzi (2014 Rosenthal Prize Winner), and Glen Whitney (MoMath President and Founder).

2014 Rosenthal Prize Winner

Congratulations to Ralph Pantozzi, the winner of the 2014 Rosenthal Prize of Innovation in Math Teaching!  Ralph, a teacher at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ, was awarded a $25,000 cash prize.

See a short video from Random Walk, Ralph’s winning lesson, here.

Saul Rosenthal (Trustee and Sponsor) and Ralph Pantozzi (winner) pose for a photo at the announcement of the winner of the third annual Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching.

2013 Rosenthal Prize Winners

Congratulations to Trang Vu and Brent Ferguson, respectively the winner and runner-up of 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.

Download Trang Vu’s winning lesson plan, “Mathematics and Fashion Design”

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.

2012 Rosenthal Prize Winners

Congratulations to Scott Goldthorp and Patrick Honner, respectively the winner and runner-up of 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.

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 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.