The Award for Global Understanding Given in Honor of James M. Becker recognizes a social studies educator (or a team of educators) who has made notable contributions in helping social studies students increase their understanding of the world.
The award includes a $2,000 cash award, a session to present at the NCSS annual conference; complimentary NCSS conference registration; and up to $700 in transportation/lodging reimbursement.
- 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 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 in the criteria listed below:
- Teaching includes several elements of global education, such as global interdependence, multiple perspectives, global systems, cultural universals and cultural differences, perspective consciousness, global issues, global history, local/global connections, appreciation of diverse cultures within the local community, nation, and world, as well as any other recommendations listed on the NCSS Position Statement defining Global Education ,
- 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.
- Uses NCSS Standards  and C3 Framework concepts 
Application/Nomination Materials to be Uploaded:Applicants will need to upload the following information in a single pdf or zip archive file while on the online application/nomination form. If a pdf document, please include subject headers that identify materials according to the list of nomination requirementsLinks to external websites are not acceptable, and will be disregarded by the selection committee.
- Professional resume or curriculum vitae (900 word maximum or 2 - 8.5x11 in. pages) The resume must contain the following information, but does not have to be in this format.
- Professional Work History;
- School related activities;
- Leadership roles;
- Membership in Professional Organizations;
- Awards/grants/other honors;
- Presentations and/or publications.
- A social studies unit or lesson plan that integrates global perspectives and cross-cultural understanding elements (per award selection criteria) that you have created and successfully taught ?(not to exceed 500 words double-spaced), which includes the following:
- Topic Grade level;
- Objective and Rationale (25 words or less);
- Use of NCSS Standards  and C3 Framework concepts 
- Prior learning;
- Time Frame;
- Resources and/or materials;
- Description of lesson;
- Accommodations for all learners;
- A brief statement indicating the position of the lesson within a larger unit of study.
- Reflection on Student Learning (not to exceed 250 words double-spaced)
- A letter of support for each of the following categories (each letter not to exceed a maximum of one-8.5x11 page or 400 words) 4 letters total:
- Nominator Letter-written by the nominator highlighting the nominee's major strengths and accomplishments in infusing global perspectives and cross-cultural understanding into his/her current work assignment
- One letter from a parent or student
- Immediate supervisor with performance responsibility
- Professional colleague
Preference will be give to P-12 teacher 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.