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 Extended: June 20, 2014

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 the seven categories listed below:
    1. Developing or using instructional materials creatively and effectively.
    2. Incorporating innovative and verified effective instructional strategies and techniques.
    3. Utilizing new scholarship from history, the social sciences, or other appropriate fields.
    4. Utilizing the ten interrelated themes identified in National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment as well as integrating College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards four dimensions of inquiry concepts in their teaching.
    5. Fostering 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. Fostering 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. 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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