NCSS Midde Level Teacher of the Year

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Teacher of the Year Award

Middle Level

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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. 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. //

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Application/Nomination Deadline: June 20, 2014 // //

Eligibility

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Criteria

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Demonstrated exceptional abilities in the seven categories listed below:

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Submission Requirements

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Each nominee/applicant will be responsible for gathering and submitting all required materials by the assigned due date. Failure to submit all materials by the deadline will disqualify the nominee/applicant for the current award cycle.

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Documents

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Applicants must upload the following documents with the application. The uploaded documents may be combined in a single zip file or may be combined into a single pdf document with page headers that identify according to the list of nomination requirements. Links to external websites are not acceptable, and will be disregarded by the selection committee.

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  1. curriculum vita/resume (2 pages maximum) that includes: //
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    • current teaching assignment
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    • education
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    • professional work history
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    • school related activities
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    • responsibilities
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    • organizations
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    • leadership roles
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    • membership in professional organizations
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    • awards/grants/other honors
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    • presentations and/or publications
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  3. applicant/nominee lesson plan including (maximum of 1500 words): //
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    • subject and topic taught
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    • applicable standards addressed
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    • integration of C3 Framework (http://www.socialstudies.org/c3)
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    • grade level
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    • a brief statement indicating the position of the lesson within a larger unit of study (e.g. lesson on Boston Tea Party in American Revolution unit – lesson 3 of 10)
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    • prerequisite skills/knowledge students will need for the lesson
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    • materials
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    • specific teacher level content knowledge
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    • detailed descriptions of (and rationale for) instructional activities and pedagogical tools utilized within the lesson
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    • a brief statement indicating how the lesson addressed the diversity of learners within the classroom
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    • reflection on student learning (including sharing/explaining examples of student work) based on submitted lesson plan.
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  5. Endorsement by State Council or Nominator (2 page maximum) //
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    • Describe the ways this teacher exhibits excellence in social studies instruction
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    • Describe how this teacher demonstrates professional leadership and relates to his/her colleagues.
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    • Describe this teacher’s unique qualifications to serve as the NCSS Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year
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  7. A letter from your immediate supervisor (2 page maximum) addressing the following: //
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    • What creative projects make this teacher’s work outstanding?
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    • How are the concepts of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework (http://www.socialstudies.org/c3) integrated in this teacher’s work?
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    • In what ways has this teacher influenced students?
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    • Describe how this teacher demonstrates professional leadership and relates to his/her colleagues.
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  9. A letter from professional colleague (teacher in your building, professor, district supervisor, etc.) (2 page maximum) addressing the following: //
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    • Describe the ways this teacher exhibits excellence in social studies instruction, including how this teacher integrates the concepts of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework (http://www.socialstudies.org/c3) into their work.
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    • How does this teacher demonstrate knowledge of content that leads to high levels of student learning?
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    • Describe how this teacher demonstrates knowledge and appreciation of students’ varying skills, approaches to learning, and cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
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  11. A letter from the applicant/nominee that includes (2 page maximum): //
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    • an introduction
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    • a brief narrative explaining how the nominee incorporate state and national social studies standards into your classroom (College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework http://www.socialstudies.org/c3; the NCSS Curriculum Standards http://www.socialstudies.org/standards/curriculum, etc.)
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    • nominee's teaching philosophy
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    • nominee's unique qualifications to serve as the NCSS Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year
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  13. A letter from parent or student that highlights teacher effectiveness, unique abilities, memorable experiences, etc. (2 page maximum)
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Evaluation

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Criteria will be evaluated by the following indicators:

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  1. Creativity
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  3. Knowledge of Students (Developmental and Cultural Relevance)
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  5. Leadership/Professionalism
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  7. Social Studies pedagogy
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  9. Social studies content knowledge
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  11. Incorporation of state and NCSS curriculum standards, and C3 Framework concepts.
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Note: Nomination materials that are incomplete or that do not meet the established criteria will not be considered. The subcommittee will consider composition, spelling, grammar, etc. in the evaluation process.

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