Smidt Foundation: Harbor Freight Tools for SchoolsDeadline: June 17, 2019
The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence seeks to advance skilled trades education in America. The Prize recognizes outstanding skilled trades teachers and programs in public high schools in the United States. An excellent program is defined as one led by a teacher:
- Who clearly loves the subject matter and is both highly knowledgeable and skilled
- Implementing a curriculum matched to a relevant career pathway and future work choices, one designed to flow seamlessly into next-step options, whether to employment or college
- Encouraging exploration and experimentation among students in a safe environment
- Connecting students to new relationships and experiences outside the classroom
Amount: A total of over $1,000,000 will be awarded. There will be three first-place prize awards of $100,000, with $70,000 going to the public high school skilled trades program and $30,000 going to the eligible individual skilled trades teacher or teacher teams behind the winning application. Fifteen second-place winners will each be awarded $50,000, with $35,000 to the public high school program and $15,000 to the eligible teacher or teacher team. Applicants whose school, district, or state policy prohibits receipt of the individual portion of prize earnings may still apply.
Eligibility: Skilled trades teachers (or teams of up to three teachers) who are current faculty members at U.S. public high schools may apply. Eligible applicants are those who teach skilled trades classes that emphasize the expert use of tools and materials to build or repair products and structures, and which lead to high-demand and high-wage careers. While not an exhaustive list, the large majority of eligible applicants will come from the following broad fields of trades education in public high schools:
- Agriculture Mechanics
- HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning)
- Transportation mechanics and repair
This list is meant to be a guide. Potential applicants may contact the Foundation with additional questions about whether a specific program qualifies.