The 2017 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation and Inspiration 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 is open! Click here to apply. The submission period will close on May 24, 2017.
Congratulations to the 2016 Rosenthal Prize winners!
Congratulations to Traci Jackson, winner of the 2016 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching for her lesson “Creating Color Combos: Visual Modeling of Proportional Relationships!” In Traci’s lesson, students explore proportional reasoning by mixing colored solutions, creating different color combinations to visualize ratios. Traci is a teacher at Oak Valley Middle School in San Diego, CA, and was awarded a $25,000 cash prize.
Additional congratulations to the 2016 second place winner, Dena Lordi of Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, CA, for her lesson “Where Can I Find a Weightless Stick?” In Dena’s lesson, students trace the changing balance point on a scale as weights are added in order to identify the mean value of a set of numbers.
The Museum also wishes to congratulate the 2016 runners-up Crystal Frommert, Jemal Graham, and Maria Hernandez.
2015 Rosenthal Prize winners
Congratulations to Jillian Young, winner of the 2015 Rosenthal Prize for 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.
Download Jillian Young’s winning lesson plan,
“MUTANT Creature Invasion: Minecraft Volume Investigation”
2014 Rosenthal Prize Winner
Congratulations to Ralph Pantozzi, the winner of the 2014 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching! Ralph, a teacher at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ, was awarded a $25,000 cash prize.
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.
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.
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.