NCSS Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year

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The annual NCSS Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards recognize exceptional classroom social studies teachers for grades K-6, 5-8, and 7-12 who teach social studies regularly and systematically in elementary school settings, and
at least half-time in middle or junior high and high school settings. Award winners receive $2,500, complimentary one-year membership in NCSS, and present a session on their work at the NCSS Annual Conference, and up to $500 in transportation/lodging reimbursement to attend the Annual Conference.

Application/Nomination Deadline: May 31, 2013

Criteria

  • Anyone may nominate. Self nominations will be accepted.
  • NCSS Membership is required.
  • Social studies teachers for grades K-6, 5-8, and 7-12 who teach social studies regularly and systematically in elementary school settings, and at least half time in middle/junior high and high school settings.
  • Nominees cannot be nominated for the award in more than one category (i.e., junior high/middle school teachers are ineligible for the secondary award).
  • Demonstrated exceptional abilities in at least six of the seven categories listed below:

    1. Develop or use instructional materials creatively and effectively.
    2. Incorporate innovative and verified effective instructional strategies and techniques.
    3. Utilize new scholarship from history, the social sciences, or other appropriate fields.
    4. Utilize the ten interrelated themes identified in NCSS curriculum standards: culture; time, continuity, and change; people, places, and environment; individual development and identity; individuals, groups, and institutions; power, authority, and governance; production, distribution, and consumption; science, technology, and society; global connections; and civic ideals and practices.
    5. Demonstrated ability to foster a spirit of inquiry and the development of skills related to acquiring, organizing, processing, and using information and making decisions related to both domestic and international matters.
    6. Demonstrated ability to foster the development of democratic beliefs and values, and the skills needed for citizen participation appropriate to students' grade level in classroom, school, and community settings.
    7. Evidence of professional involvement in activities such as workshops, curriculum development, committees, and other association activities, etc.

Submit a Nomination

Elementary Teacher of the Year

Middle Level Teacher of the Year

Secondary Teacher of the Year

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