The Edyth May Sliffe Awards for Distinguished Mathematics Teaching in Middle School and High School are given annually to teachers of middle and high school mathematics who have done outstanding work in motivating and interesting students in mathematics through participation in one of the AMC student contests, the AMC 8, AMC 10, and/or AMC 12. The ideal Award recipient has made a difference in students’enthusiasm for mathematics by encouraging them to do mathematics, to enjoy mathematics, and to compete in mathematics. High team placement is neither a requirement nor a guarantee of selection for the award. Many accomplishments that show evidence of successful mentoring qualify a nominee for an Award (see selection criteria). The most important factor for selection is a convincing nomination letter. At least 20 awards are given to teachers of middle and high school mathematics each year and carry a stipend of $500.
Teachers who have played a key role in preparing students for the AMC contests must receive two or more nominations to be considered for the Award. Nominations signed by two or more individuals qualify as two nominations. Self-nominations are accepted but cannot be jointly signed by others.
The Committee on Edyth May Sliffe Awards will select individuals based on the evidence of outstanding mentoring presented in nomination letters. Additional data available on the Mathematical Association of America's past and present AMC contests may be used in determining winners from amongst those nominated. The nominator may be a student; a parent; a fellow teacher or associate, including school volunteers; or a school administrator. The person being nominated must be a middle or high school teacher and the key person who prepares students for AMC participation. The outstanding work done in mentoring and inspiring students should be explicitly addressed by the nominators in the letters of nomination. The Committee cannot determine who is responsible for preparing teams for the AMC contests based solely on the administrative information submitted for contest registration. Thus, only teachers who are nominated will be considered for a Sliffe Award. In addition to personal testimony on the part of the nominators of the influence of the nominee, additional evidence of excellence may be: comparisons with scores of teams in the past from the same school, with schools of similar type within the same region, or with schools with similar demographics; increase in participation in the AMC contests or in the number of qualifiers for additional AMC contests such as the AIME or USAMO; and, encouragement of mathematical training outside the classroom. The case for the Award must be made by the persons submitting the nominations. Nominations must be completed in the space provided on the nomination form, and must be received no later than April 1 each year.
Deadline for nominations for 2016 awards is June 1, 2016.
To be considered for the Award a nominee must be nominated by at least two individuals. Such nominations may be made by a joint nomination from two or more individuals or by individual nominators.
The Edyth May Sliffe Awards Committee of the MAA selects awardees based on the nomination evidence and data available on the Mathematical Association of America's past and present AMC contests. The outstanding work done in preparing students for the contests sponsored by the MAA should be explicitly addressed by the nominator. The nominator may be a student, a parent, a fellow teacher or associate including school volunteers or a school administrator, or oneself, but there are no restrictions on who may be a nominator.
The nominated person must be a teacher who prepares students for the AMC contests sponsored by the MAA.
Nomination is by letter, submitted on this website (below) and presenting strong evidence of the nominee’s outstanding work. For example, comparisons might be made with school scores or statistics (e.g., the sum of the top three scores for the school which is calculated in the AMC school report) in the past or when different individuals prepared the student(s), with schools of similar type within the same region, with schools with similar academic standards and/or expectations, or year-to-year increases in school scores or statistics. Other criteria for consideration might be growth of participation in the AMC contests, the number of qualifiers for additional AMC contests such as the AIME or USAMO, encouragement of mathematical training outside the classroom, or students outperforming local average scores due to the work of the nominee. Most important is the effect that the teacher has had on students’ interest and participation in mathematics through preparation for AMC contests. The case for the award must be made by the person(s) submitting nominations. In addition, the Committee may use data kept by the MAA on present and past AMC contests in its deliberations to determine winners from amongst those nominated.