Cybersecurity Educators: Apply for CYBER.ORG’s Educator Awards!

Cybersecurity Educators: Apply for CYBER.ORG’s Educator Awards!


Apply for our inaugural Educator Awards to be held at our Cyber Education Discovery Forum (CEDF) June 20-22, 2022, in Washington D.C.

Application deadline is February 28, 2022.

The application period is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who applied!


Calling all K-12 Cybersecurity Educators! Apply for our inaugural Educator Awards to be held at our Cyber Education Discovery Forum (CEDF) June 20-22, 2022, in Washington D.C. The awards will honor educators deeply engaged in advancing cybersecurity literacy among the K-12 student population.

The need for cybersecurity educators has never been more urgent, as the nation faces a shortage of over 597,000 professionals. The educators preparing and educating these students for futures in the cybersecurity workforce deserve to be recognized. Educators have a key role to play in building up the future cybersecurity workforce, which is not only vital to our economy, but also the nation’s overall security defense and cyber posture.

CYBER.ORG’s goal is to create equitable cybersecurity education for every student nationwide. We have spent the last ten years building K-12 cybersecurity education programming that aligns with the curriculum standards in over 25 states and counting.

For all students to become cyber literate, we recognize cybersecurity education needs more than a "one size fits all” approach.  It takes unique, creative methods to teach our students the value of diversifying their education. Here at CYBER.ORG, we value and celebrate these innovative teaching techniques and look forward to celebrating them at the CEDF.

K-12 educators are the backbone when it comes to cybersecurity. By applying for this year’s Educator Awards, teachers will get additional visibility for their teaching approach, their schools and their professional development journey. These teachers play an essential role in empowering students to learn cybersecurity concepts in the classroom.

Have you kickstarted a new cybersecurity curriculum in your classroom this year? Do you know a teacher who has started their journey into cybersecurity education? Help us celebrate visionary educators by sharing this award opportunity with a colleague or applying for the honor yourself.

Applicants will be asked how they are advancing K-12 cybersecurity education, including:

  • Experience in teaching cybersecurity education and impact in teaching underrepresented student populations.
  • Greatest contributions to cybersecurity education.
  • Knowledge and advocacy in cybersecurity education as it relates to professional development and professional affiliation(s)
  • Efforts to collaborate and expand the reach of cybersecurity education in their school.

CYBER.ORG will choose four finalists, all of whom will teach a master class on a successful cybersecurity lesson, at the Cyber Education Discovery Forum, June 20-22, 2022, at The Westin Alexandria Old Town. Finalist will receive paid airfare, a 3-night hotel stay and complementary registration to the CEDF as well as a technology package and honorary award.

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CYBER.ORG Educator Award Application Details
Accordion Items
Eligibility Requirements
  • Currently employed as a K-12 classroom teacher 
  • Must be employed in the United States (includes U.S. Territories) 
  • Finalists must be able to attend the Cyber Education Discovery Forum (CEDF) June 20-22, 2022, at the Westin Alexandria Old Town (airfare and hotel will be provided). 
  • Finalists will present a master class at the CEDF representing a successful classroom lesson.  
Required Information
  • Demographic information and teaching history
  • If applicable:
    • List of cybersecurity certifications or micro-certifications
    • Degree(s) beyond bachelors
    • Professional affiliation related to cybersecurity education
  • Name and contact information for a potential interview if you are selected as a finalist


Application Questions

Please be prepared to answer the following questions (150-word limit per question): 

  1. What are your contributions to cybersecurity education in your school and district? How have you brought cybersecurity education to underrepresented student populations? 
  2. How will you sustain and/or expand your contributions to cybersecurity education? 
  3. Have you integrated cybersecurity education into any other subjects? If so, how have you integrated it? You may include collaborations with other teachers. 
  4. Have you helped start or led a successful cybersecurity extracurricular activity? If yes, please explain. 
  5. If you or your students have won any cybersecurity awards or competitions, either regionally or nationally, please provide details. (This includes robotics, CTF and any other cyber- or stem-related competition.) 
  6. How have you promoted cybersecurity education across your school, district, state, or the nation? 
  7. Please list and briefly describe any professional development, conferences, or camps you have attended, presented, or helped organize on the topic of cybersecurity education. 
  8. Who or what was your greatest influence for entering the teaching profession?  
  9. Who or what was your greatest influence for teaching cybersecurity education?
  10. What is your greatest accomplishment in education? In cybersecurity education? 

    Optional information:
  • Photos or videos of you teaching or extracurricular activities
  • URL links to any media coverage
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