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
- 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:
- Develop or use instructional materials creatively and effectively.
- Incorporate innovative and verified effective instructional strategies and techniques.
- Utilize new scholarship from history, the social sciences, or other appropriate fields.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Evidence of professional involvement in activities such as workshops, curriculum development, committees, and other association activities, etc.