- What is the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence?a.More than $1 million will be awarded to outstanding public high school skilled trades teachers and their classrooms. Three first-place prizes of $100,000 will be awarded--$70,000 to the public high school skilled trades program and $30,000 to the individual skilled trades teacher or teacher team behind the winning program. Fifteen second-place winners will each be awarded $50,000 - $35,000 to the public high school program and $15,000 to the teacher/team. Applicants whose school, district or state policy prohibits receipt of the individual portion of prize earnings may still be able to apply. See Prize 2018 Rules and Eligibility for further information.b.This is the second year of the Prize and we expect to offer this competition annually.What other benefit is there to applying for the Prize besides the money?a.Beyond the prize earnings, every applicant will gain access to powerful ideas and practices, shared through a series of online expert-led learning modules, to help them be even more effective in the classroom.b.All learning modules will be made available as resources on our website after the winners are announced.How do you define "skilled trades"?a.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:● Automotive mechanics and repair● Carpentry● Construction● Electrical● HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning)● Plumbing● WeldingThis list is meant to guide you, but if you have additional questions about whether your program qualifies you to apply, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We know high school courses within these broad categories have a wide variety of names, areas of focus, and sub-specialty (ex. Green Construction, Marine Systems Technology, Diesel Mechanics, Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing). We seek those programs where there is literal hands-on learning, doing, building, and/or repair.
- I applied for the 2017 Prize but was not selected one of the 10 top winners. Can I apply this year?a.Yes!I am a public elementary or middle school teacher or a community college instructor or I teach the skilled trades at a private school. Am I eligible?a.No. We know there is great need everywhere, but for now, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools is focusing our efforts on skilled trades education in U.S. public high schools.Is it possible for teachers at different U.S. public high schools to apply together as a team?
This application process is designed for individual teacher applicants or teacher teams from the same school. If you are considering applying with a teacher from a different school, please contract Harbor Freight Tools for Schools before the application deadline at firstname.lastname@example.org or 818-836-5280.Can I submit extra photos, videos, or testimonials in support of my application?a.No. Only the written responses to the application questions can be accepted.
- Once I submit my application, can I go back to edit it?a.Once you confirm submission, it is final. You cannot go back.What’s the application deadline?a.Round 1 applications are due on Friday, July 6, 2018, at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.b.For semifinalists, Round 2 applications are due on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.When will the semifinalists and winners be announced?a.Semifinalists will be announced on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.b.First and second place winners will be announced on Thursday, November 15, 2018.