Application Rules and Instructions

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/28/2012 - 11:37

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is pleased to announce that the application period for the 2014 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching is now open. MoMath is looking for an exceptional math activity to share with math teachers around the country. The winning activity will be innovative, engaging, hands-on, original, replicable, and designed for students in grades four through eight. The teacher authoring that activity will be awarded a cash prize of $25,000.

MoMath will host an application workshop on Monday, April 28 from 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm, where experienced judges will share their feedback from past contests, and will answer questions from current applicants. For those who cannot attend in person, the workshop will be streamed online. Please click here for more information and to register online.


Applicants must be full-time* classroom teachers in the United States of America. Fourth through twelfth grade math teachers are invited to apply, but the winning activity must be designed for grades four through eight. Each applicant may submit only one lesson for consideration. MoMath staff members and their immediate families are not eligible for the Rosenthal Prize.

Application Process

Preliminary applications are due May 9, 2014. Based on preliminary applications, selected finalists will be notified in July and invited to complete the final application. Please click here to download the rubric by which preliminary applications will be evaluated.

The final application will ask for more detailed information about the activity described in the preliminary application, including a complete lesson plan that describes the activity you explored in the preliminary application, a video no longer than 45 minutes that shows you teaching the activity in question, and supporting documentation, including student work samples, that may help MoMath judges better understand the activity. You will also be asked to provide three professional recommendations from a variety of sources and a personal statement.

Application Instructions

To apply for the Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching, please create an account.

Once you have created an account, you can log in. Select Create a New Application to view the five application questions and submit your answers. You must answer all questions to save your application. However, you can return to your application and edit your application until the closing date, Friday, May 9, 2014.

For technical concerns and questions about the Rosenthal Prize, contact

*Candidates must be employed as teachers in an accredited school and have classroom teaching duties encompassing 60% or more of a full teaching schedule in order to apply.