Program of Excellence

The Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors that is given to Technology and Engineering Education classroom teachers on the elementary, middle, or high school levels. It is presented in recognition of the outstanding contributions to the profession by a Technology & Engineering program in Pennsylvania. The Program Excellence Award provides public recognition on a local state level through TEEAP. If the recipient meets the criteria to be fowarded to ITEEA, these programs also receive recognition on an national and international level.

Year Elementary School Middle School High School
1998-99   Sandy Run Forest Hills
1999-00   Manheim Township Pequea Valley
2000-01     Greenville
2001-02   Park Forest Penncrest
2002-03     Gateway
2003-04   Kutztown Conestoga Valley
2004-05     Cumberland Valley
2005-06 Canon McMillan Fleetwood Southern Lehigh
2006-07   Conestoga Valley North Penn
2007-08     Twin Valley
2008-09   Martin Meylin Unionville
2009-10   Boyertown Jr. HS E & W Lower Merion
2010-11   Park Forest Southern Lehigh
2011-12   Emory H. Markle Intermediate School  
2012-13   Bala Cynwyd  
2013-14 Penn Manor    
2014-15   Mount Nittany  
2015-16   Charles F. Patton M.S. Downingtown STEM Academy
2016-17   Altoona Area Jr. HS  

The program must be assessed using the ITEEA Self-Study Criteria which can be accessed below in both PDF and Microsoft Word formats:

The documentation provided by the programs nominated must be reviewed by a team of three TEEAP officials. In order to be eligible for this citation, sixty percent (60%) of the technology education faculty must be members of TEEAP at the time of nomination. In order for you to advance to the ITEEA Program of Excellence Award, sixty (60%) of the technology education faculty must be members of ITEEA at the time of nomination.

The program must reflect a technology education philosophy and must incorporate contemporary teaching strategies. A school specific technology education curriculum guide, written or revised within the previous five years, must be in use and submitted with the nomination. Nominations may be initiated by any technology education staff member in the school or who lives in the nominated school district. Although, according to ITEEA rules must be submitted by the superintendent of schools or principal for a school.

Time Line for This Recognition

Because of the extended preparation and evaluation process, the time sequence between the nomination, the state conference, and the national award will extend over two academic years. The nomination and evaluation will occur during the academic year prior to the award presentations.

To begin the process, the applicant school should complete the TEEAP/ITEEA Self Study forms (available above for download) and submit thost materials by March 1 to Awards Committee Chair.

Representatives of the winning programs are expected to attend the fall TEEAP conference to receive the state award at the annual conference banquet. Representatives of the winning programs are also expected to provide an Educational Exhibit presenting their award winning program at the fall TEEAP conference.  Contact should be made with the TEEAP Conference Education Exhibits Chairperson by October prior to the November conference. It is also expected that representatives of the winning programs attend the following spring ITEEA conference to receive the international award assuming that their application qualifies to be forwarded to ITEEA.

The school district is encouraged to handle the public relations with their local newspapers. If the local district cannot handle this activity, please contact the TEEAP Public Relations chair either by phone, email, or use the Online PR Form.

Send award application materials to:

Joe McCade, TEEAP Awards Chair
1010 Keystone Drive
Lancaster, PA 17603

Engineering by Design

Pennsylvania is a member state of the ITEEA's EbD Network. Schools across PA have free access to Engineering byDesign™ products. If you are interested in accessing it please contact Curtis Funkhouser, Curriculum & Instruction Consultant for STEM at the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 for details on how to access the materials!

2017 TEEAP STEM Conference

We are delighted to invite you to the 2017 TEEAP STEM Conference. Please consider being a part of this outstanding event as a presenter, exhibitor, or just take part by attending — be a part of the STEM movement! You can visit our Conference page by clicking HERE to learn a little about the conference and some ways to get involved in our 2017 conference!

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ITEEA in Atlanta, Georgia in 2018

The ITEEA's 80th Annual Conference will be held In Atlanta, Georgia! This year's theme will be "Building Bridges Within The STEM Community and Beyond." Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is very much a “buzzword” on today’s educational landscape. Every teacher, school, district, and state has its own version of what STEM means as well as how to help students engage in experiences that will prepare them for the 21st Century. Technology and Engineering is the foundation for making these experiences meaningful through integrative STEM education. Building bridges helps everyone to understand the important role technology and engineering contributes to STEM education.  

This conference is an opportunity to recognize and honor the accomplishments of our colleagues and best-practice programs. Additionally, it provides professional development and networking opportunities, as well as opportunity to renew old friendships and create new friendships. For more information, click here.