Award for Global Understanding given in honor of James M. Becker

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Celebratew_starcmyk.pngAward for Global Understanding
Given in Honor of James M. Becker

Application/Nomination Deadline: May 31, 2013


  • Anyone may nominate.
  • Nominees must be NCSS members at the time of nomination.
  • Nominees must be social studies educators who are affecting the global understanding of P-12 students.
  • Nominees must be able to address how they use their teaching the recommendations listed by NCSS on its Position Statement defining Global Education , as well as several elements of global education in promoting global understanding in their teaching of social studies: global interdependence, multiple perspectives, global systems, cultural universals and cultural differences, perspective consciousness, global issues, global history, local/global connections (as in historical or current events), appreciation of diverse cultures within the local community, nation, and world.
  • Nominees must agree to be available to present their work at the NCSS Annual Conference and via webinar or other outreach means if selected as the recipient of the award.

Selection Criteria:

  • Nominees must demonstrate how they excel in teaching social studies for global understanding using several of the elements of global education described above and 2-3 of the criteria listed below:
  • Infuses primary and secondary sources (websites, documents, media, literature, people, etc.,) from other world regions into instruction to counter stereotypes, exotica, misinformation, or lack of knowledge.
  • Makes use of current scholarship from history, the social sciences, or other appropriate fields so that students learn up to date information on historical scholarship and/or cultural, political, economic, technological, or environmental changes across the planet.
  • Facilitates student’s cross-cultural experiences that allow them to meet and work together with people different from themselves, increase their intercultural skills, and develop appreciation and interest in diverse cultures.
  • Develops curricula and assessments and uses technology in ways that integrate world-mindedness with active learning, a spirit of inquiry, and the development of critical thinking skills.
  • Is professionally involved in global education through activities such as sharing expertise in workshops or professional meetings, political action, research, global education projects in the local community or state, online projects, curriculum development committees, publications, association activities, etc.

Preference will be give to nominees directly affecting the global understanding of P-12 social studies students. Review the contents of your submission carefully. The Subcommittee reserves the right to remove from consideration any application that fails to meet all submission requirements. The selection subcommittee will consider composition, spelling, grammar, etc. in the evaluation process. Nomination materials that are incomplete or that do not meet the established criteria will not be considered.

Nomination/Application Form

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