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10. Awards and Award Guidelines

The National Council for the Social Studies honors outstanding performance to the profession or in a wide range of professional endeavors through its awards and awards system. These awards are associated with pre-established standards, guidelines and procedures and are open to eligible individuals regardless of ethnic or racial background, geographic area or gender.

10.1 Guidelines for Establishing New Awards and Continuing Existing Awards

10.1.1 The following shall be used to guide the establishing and continuation of awards

10.1.1.1 The proposed award must be in the best interest of NCSS and its members. Eligibility requirements shall promote NCSS goal of full and active participation of social studies professionals, men and women from all levels of education, all ethnic and racial groups and all geographic areas'urban, rural and suburban.

10.1.1.2 The nature of the proposed award shall be clearly defined.

10.1.1.3 The proposed award must be a substantial award which brings distinction and prestige to both NCSS and the recipient.

10.1.1.4 The board of directors must perceive a need for the proposed award.

10.1.1.5 The proposed award must conform to NCSS policies and position statements.

10.1.1.6 The proposed award must not duplicate of significantly impinge upon an existing award.

10.1.1.7 The proposal for the award must include a description of the selection process. This process must conform to policies, position statements and calendar of NCSS.

10.1.1.8 The proposal must include an estimate of administrative time and costs. Staff will make a recommendation to the board of directors concerning how to account for the time and cost involved in the proposed award.

10.1.2 Time of meeting of selection committees

Unless otherwise indicated, the respective selection committees shall meet during the annual conference and at other times as needed, via phone, electronic mail and postal mail.

10.1.3 Each award shall be approved by the board of directors and shall be appropriate to the category for which it is targeted.

10.1.4 Frequency.

Unless otherwise indicated, awards are given annually, except in years when no qualifying individuals are found.

10.1.5 Presentation

Unless otherwise indicated, the awards in each category will be presented at the NCSS annual conference by the chair of the selection committee or designated replacement.

10.1.6 Recognition of award winners

The executive director, officers and board and the awards committee will encourage state and regional conference program committees to invite, and involve NCSS awards winners in their respective states and regions to be included in the program (not necessarily to make a presentation.)

10.2 Awards

10.2.1 The Academic Freedom Award

10.2.1.1 Composition of selection committee

Members will be the NCSS president, board of directors liaison to the Academic Freedom, Ethics and Equity Committee, and the chair of the Academic Freedom, Ethics and Equity Committee, who will chair the selection committee. The chair of this committee shall be an ex officio member of the Awards Committee.

10.2.1.2 Purposes of the Award

To recognize and honor those who have distinguished themselves in defending the principles of academic freedom in specific controversies, in fostering academic freedom through advocacy, and in defending or advocating the freedom to teach and learn. Preference will be given to social studies educators, but persons in other fields may also be considered. NCSS membership is not required.

10.2.1.3 Nomination and Selection Procedures

10.2.1.3.1. An annual call for nominations will be published by NCSS staff in all NCSS newsletters and journals.

10.2.1.3.2. The chair of the Academic Freedom, Ethics and Equity Committee will be responsible for recommending media for publicizing the procedures for nomination; providing, soon after the annual conference, a sample application form and nomination procedures and criteria for dissemination; and the certification of completed ballots.

10.2.1.3.3. Any person may nominate a candidate for the award.

10.2.1.3.4. The nomination form is to be completed as fully as possible and forwarded to the chair of the Academic Freedom, Ethics and Equity Committee, in care of NCSS.

10.2.1.3.5. The defense or advocacy of academic freedom must have been related to the teaching of social studies.

10.2.1.3.6. The activities of the person considered for the award must be verifiable and must accompany the award application.

10.2.1.3.7. The committee will solicit complete documentation on each nominee and will contact relevant persons by phone or through on-site visits to verify the nominations submitted. Where appropriate, state councils will be asked to cooperate.

10.2.1.4 Criteria

The criteria shall be the same as that stated in the purposes of this award.

10.2.1.5 Award

A sum of $1500 paid by the Social Issues Resource Series, Inc., expenses paid to the NCSS Annual Conference to receive the award (as determined by the SIRS, and a plaque or other appropriate recognition.)

10.2.1.6 Frequency of the Award

This award is given annually, except in years when no qualified individuals are found.

10.2.1.7 Award Sponsor

The Social Issues Resources Series (SIRS).

10.2.1.8 Presentation of the Award(s)

The awards will be jointly presented at the NCSS Annual Conference by the Chair of the Academic Freedom Committee and a representative of Social Issues Resources Series Inc. (SIRS).

10.2.2 The Carter G. Woodson Book Award

10.2.2.1 Composition of the Selection Subcommittee

The committee consists of 12 persons appointed by the president for rotating three year termjs that begin their with the NCSS Annual Conference. Members shall include, but not be limited to, a specialist in ethnic studies, a classroom teacher who is a real practitioner in ethnic studies, and a member of the NCSS Board of Directors. The president will appoint a chair, based upon rcommendation of the committee, who will serve a to year term. The committee chill choose a vice chair by consensus. This committee will function as a subcommittee of the Awards Committee.

10.2.2.2 Purposes of the Award

To recognize and honor three distinguished social science books appropriate for young readers which depict race-ethnicity in the United States. One book should be for elementary students (K-6) , one for middle level, and one for secondary (7-12).

10.2.2.3 Criteria

  1. The books should deal with the experiences of one or more racial/ethnic minority groups in the United States.
  2. The books should accurately reflect the perspectives, cultures and values of the particular racial/ethnic group or groups.
  3. The books should be non-fiction.
  4. They should be primarily trade or supplementary books rather than textbooks.
  5. The books should be written for children or young people. (Children and young people are standard terms with specific meanings used by librarians and the American Library Association.)
  6. The books should be well written and reflect originality in presentation and theme. The setting of the books must be the United States of America.
  7. The books must have been published in the year preceding the year in which the award is given.
  8. They should also have been published in the United States, but the authors of the books need not necessarily be United States citizens.
  9. It is possible for more than one book to receive the awards if the selection subcommittee determines that more than one book satisfies the criteria for the awards.
  10. Although only one book in each category will normally receive the awards each year, outstanding runner-up books may be designated as Outstanding Honor books.

10.2.2.4 Nomination and Selection Procedures

By March 15, each member shall submit a list of five or fewer (perhaps none) rank-ordered books in each category to the Committee Secretary, with 5 points for the first place, 4 points for the second place, 3 for the third, 2 for the fourth and 1 for fifth. The list of books shall include the title and author. the complete and correct name, mailing address, and phone number of the publisher.

  1. April - June (2006) - NCSS will requeast that the Children's Book Council includes a note on the call for book nominations in their newsletter to publishers.
  2. April- November 1: NCSS wil receive books from publishers. Committee members will evaluate books as they are received throughout this period.
  3. The committee will meet (at the annual conference) and discuss their top selections for each of the three categories and select the winners & honor books for each category.
  4. By December 31. NCSS will notify the publishers and the committee chair will assign books to members to prepare written reviews (for Social Education) for each of the winner/honor books. Book reviews must be submitted to NCSS by February 15.

10.2.2.5 Award

The award shall be a plaque or other appropriate recognition approved in advance by the board or Executive Committee. Award winners are recognized at the next annual conference following their selection.

10.2.2.6 Frequency of the Award

This award is given annually, except in years when no qualified individuals are found.

10.2.2.7 Responsibility of Award Recipients

The award recipient(s) will be expected to participate in a one hour session at the NCSS Annual Conference, in which they will answer questions and/or expand on their work.

10.2.2.8 Award Sponsor

NCSS and the Children's Book Council.

10.2.2.9 Presentation of the Awards

The awards in each category will be presented at the NCSS Annual Conference by the chairperson of the selection committee or the chair's designee.

10.2.3 The Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation in Social Studies Award

10.2.3.1 Composition of the Selection Committee

This subcommittee shall consist of three Research Committee members appointed by the Research Committee chair, one of whom shall have served at least one year previously as a member of this subcommittee and shall serve as its chair. The CUFA chair may suggest a member.

10.2.3.2 Purposes of the Award

To recognize and honor a recent doctoral candidate for exemplary dissertation research in areas related to the social studies.

10.2.3.3 Nomination and Selection Procedures

  1. The NCSS staff shall, by January 15, send a call for nominations to appropriate publications, including those identified by the subcommittee.
  2. Nominations will be sent directly to the subcommittee chair.
  3. Each nomination must include four abstracts, one for each subcommittee member and one to be forwarded to NCSS.
  4. Members shall scale-rank components on a form provided by the chair, with 1 indicating best.
  5. They shall agree to the criteria to decide which dissertations should be read in their entirety by the subcommittee, and the chair shall invite the finalists to submit copies of their dissertations, to be distributed to subcommittee members by August 1.
  6. Similarly, members shall scale-rank dissertation components on a form and prioritize them.
  7. The subcommittee shall then decide if the highest ranking dissertation shall win the award or if no award shall be given.
  8. The president and executive director shall be notified of the winners and non-winners.
  9. The president will notify the winners of their selection and will also notify the non-winners.
  10. A written report of the subcommittee's proceedings shall be sent to the chair of CUFA and to the chair of the Research Committee.

10.2.3.4 Award

The award is a plaque, $250, and other appropriate recognition. More than one may be awarded in a given year.

10.2.3.5 Responsibility of Award Recipient

The award recipient(s) will be expected to participate in a one hour session at the NCSS Annual Conference, in which they will answer questions and/or expand on their dissertation work.

10.2.3.6 Frequency of the Award

This award is given annually, except in years when no qualified individuals are foundevery other year.

10.2.3.7 Award Sponsor

NCSS and the NCSS Research Committee.

10.2.3.8 Presentation of the Award(s)

The award will be presented at the NCSS Annual Conference by the chairperson of the selection committee or his/her designee.

10.2.4 The Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award

10.2.4.1 Composition of the Selection Committee

Suggested composition: the president shall appoint four qualified members of NCSS to this select subcommittee who are or who have formerly taught K-6 social studies of whom at least one is previous Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award winner and a member of the Awards Committee who will server as chair. The committee shall consist of five members who will serve rotating three-year terms. (May 1999)

10.2.4.2 Purposes of the Award

To recognize and honor one K-6 classroom teacher who has demonstrated exceptional ability as a social studies teacher, as measured by the announced criteria.

10.2.4.3 Eligibility

The candidate must have been a classroom teacher in grades K-6 at the time of nomination. The candidate must teach social studies regularly. The candidate must have been a member of NCSS for the two years prior to the year of nomination.

10.2.4.4 Criteria

The teacher shall have demonstrated exceptional ability in five of the following six areas:

  1. develop or use instructional materials creatively and effectively. a. incorporate innovative and verifiable, effective instructional strategies and techniques.
  2. utilize new scholarship from appropriate fields.
  3. foster the development and practice of citizen participation among students. e show evidence of professional involvement such as sharing expertise in workshops, curriculum development committees, association and council activities, etc.

10.2.4.5 Nomination and Selection Procedures

  1. The executive director shall be responsible for publication of the award and the nominations procedure.
  2. Anyone may nominate a candidate for the award
  3. Six copies of the completed nomination form and other documentation must be received by the subcommittee chair in care of NCSS headquarters, no later than May 15. NCSS will retain one copy of all materials.
  4. The executive director and the chair of the Elementary Teacher of the Year Award Subcommittee jointly shall be responsible for the certification of the receipt of completed nominations by the deadline.
  5. Nominations shall be made using the nomination form provided by NCSS. Photocopies of the form are acceptable.
  6. Documentation shall include:
    1. a narrative, consisting of no more than five pages, typed, double spaced, on 8 1 /2 x 11 paper, describing achievements in five of the specified areas;
    2. supporting documents such as reproductions of newspaper articles;
    3. letters of support;
    4. evaluations, classroom observation, data and other supporting documents not to exceed an additional ten pages; and
    5. a vita or professional resume prepared by the nominee.
  7. The chair of the subcommittee shall authorize the executive director to forward a copy of each nomination that has been certified eligible to each member of the subcommittee.
  8. Each member shall review all nominations and select no more than five recommendations for finalists, notifying the chair of his/her recommendations
  9. The chair shall establish a slate of no more than five from those recommendations To be placed among the finalists, the nominees must have received votes from at least two members of the subcommittee.
  10. The finalists shall then be rank-ordered by each member of the subcommittee, and the candidates with the highest total rank order positions shall be named as recipients of the annual award.
  11. The executive director will be informed of the decision no later than September 1 so that the recipient may be notified and arrangements for the award made.

10.2.4.6 Award

A sum of $2500, a one-year complimentary membership in NCSS, and a plaque or other appropriate recognition.

10.2.4.7 Responsibility of Award Recipients

The award recipient(s) will be expected to participate in a one hour session at the NCSS Annual Conference, in which they will answer questions and/or expand on those elements of their career that led to receiving the award.

10.2.4.8 Frequency of the Award

This award is given annually, except in years when no qualified individuals are found.

10.2.4.9 Award Sponsor

NCSS and the Weekly Reader.

10.2.4.10 Presentation of the Award(s)

The award(s) will be presented at the NCSS Annual Conference by an Officer of NCSS and a representative of Weekly Reader.

10.2.5 The Geography Grant Award

10.2.5.1 Composition of the Selection Committee

Four members to be appointed by the president-elect to serve on rotating two year terms, with two being appointed each year and a member of the Awards Committee who shall server as chair

10.2.5.2 Purposes of the Award

To recognize and honor exemplary programs of geographic education that enhance geographic literacy. 10.253 Eligibility. Programs, not individuals, individual lessons or units, which will enhance the geographic literacy of students at the classroom, district, or statewide levels. Recipients may be individuals or groups in school districts, public institutions, or universities. Previous recipients of the award are not eligible until 5 years following their award.

10.2.5.4 Criteria

  1. a specific plan for enhancing geographic literacy is articulated;
  2. documentation is provided that indicates the program has a sound rationale
  3. the program uses appropriate methods for incorporating the study of geography into the social studies curricula and must affect a significant number of students
  4. the feasibility of implementing the program elsewhere is high
  5. the potential for continuation of the program or its effects after initial implementation is great.

10.2.5.5 Nomination and Selection Procedures

Applicants should submit no more than a five page, double spaced proposal, which specifically highlights the following:

  1. a description and rationale for the proposed program
  2. the number of teacher(s) and students who will be involved;
  3. the criteria for and means of evaluating the program's effectiveness
  4. the potential of the program after the first year of implementation
  5. a clear and concise abstract of the proposed program
  6. a specific budget for program implementation.

10.2.5.6 Award

Grant of $2500 sponsored by the George Cram Company.

10.2.5.7 Responsibility of Award Recipients

Award recipients will be expected to participate in a one hour session at the NCSS Annual Conference, in which they will report on the implementation of their project and provide support for its success.

10.2.5.8 Frequency of the Award

This award is given annually, except in years when no qualified individuals are found.

10.2.5.10 Presentation of the Awards

The award will be presented at the NCSS Annual Conference by the chairperson of the selection committee or his/her designee in consultation with representatives of George Cram Company.

10.2.6 The Middle Level Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award

10.2.6.1 Composition of the Selection Committee

Suggested composition: the president shall appoint four qualified members of NCSS to this select subcommittee who are or who have formerly taught middle level social studies at least one of whom is a previous Middle Level Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award winner and a member of the Awards Committee to serve as chair. The committee shall consist of five members who will serve rotating three-year terms.

10.2.6.2 Purposes of the Award

To recognize and honor a classroom teacher from a middle level school who has demonstrated exceptional abilities as a social studies teacher, as measured by the announced criteria. (February 1999)

10.2.6.3 Eligibility

The candidate must have been a classroom teacher in a middle level the time of nomination. The candidate must teach social studies at least half-time. The candidate must have been a member of NCSS for at least two years prior to the year of nomination.

10.2.6.4 Criteria

The teacher shall demonstrate exceptional ability in five of the following six areas: (February 1999)

  1. develop and/or use instructional materials creatively and effectively
  2. incorporate innovative and/or verifiable effective instructional strategies and techniques
  3. utilize new scholarship from history, the social sciences or other appropriate fields
  4. foster a spirit of inquiry and the development of critical thinking skills among students, particularly in regard to community, national and international affairs and issues
  5. foster the development and practice of citizen participation among students
  6. show evidence of professional involvement such as sharing expertise in workshops, curriculum development committees, association and council activities, etc.

10.2.6.5 Nomination and Selection Procedures

  1. The executive director shall be responsible for publication of the award and the nominations procedure.
  2. Anyone may nominate a candidate for the award. (February 1999)
  3. Six copies of the completed nomination form and other documentation must be received by the subcommittee chair, in care of NCSS headquarters, no later than May 15. NCSS shall keep one copy of all materials.
  4. The executive director and the Chair of the Middle Level Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award Subcommittee jointly shall be responsible for the certification of receipt of completed nominations by the deadline.
  5. Nominations shall be made using the nomination form provided by NCSS or duplications of the form.
  6. Documentation shall include: a narrative consisting of no more than five pages typed, double spaced, on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, describing achievements in five of the specified areas; supporting documents, such as reproductions of newspaper articles; letters of support; evaluations, classroom observation data, and/or other supporting documents not to exceed an additional ten pages; and a vita or professional resume prepared by the nominee.
  7. The chair of this awards subcommittee shall authorize the executive director to forward a copy of each nomination that has been certified eligible to each member of this subcommittee.
  8. Each member shall review all nominations and select no more than five as recommendations for finalists, notifying the chair of his/her recommendations.
  9. The chair shall establish a slate of nor more than five from those recommendations. To be placed among the finalists, the nominees must have received votes from at least two members of the subcommittee.
  10. Each member of the subcommittee shall rank-order the finalists and the candidate with the highest total rank order positions shall receive the annual award.
  11. The subcommittee chair will inform the executive director of the subcommittee's decision no later than September 1 so that the recipient may be notified and arrangements for the award made.

10.2.6.6 Award

A sum $2500, a one-year complimentary membership in NCSS, and a plaque or other appropriate recognition.

10.2.6.7 Responsibility of Award Recipients

The award recipient(s) will be expected to participate in a one hour session at the NCSS Annual Conference, in which they will answer questions and/or expand on their work.

10.2.6.8 Frequency of the Award

This award is given annually, except in years when no qualified individuals are found.

10.2.6.9 Award Sponsor

Scholastic, Inc. and NCSS.

10.2.6.10 Presentation of the Award

The award(s) will be presented at the NCSS Annual Conference by the president (or other Officer) of NCSS and a representative of Scholastic, Inc.

10.2.7 The Outstanding Service Award

10.2.7.1 Composition of the Selection Committee

The members of the Executive Committee will function as the Outstanding Service Award Subcommittee beginning in the spring prior to the NCSS Annual Conference.

10.2.7.2 Purposes of the Award

To recognize and honor one or more NCSS members for outstanding long-term service to NCSS and local, state, and regional council.

10.2.7.3 Nomination and Selection Procedure.

  1. The executive director shall publicize the nominating procedures.
  2. Nominations are due by September 1.
  3. Nominations may come from any NCSS member familiar with the nominee's service efforts.
  4. Nomination materials should include:
    1. name, position, address and phone number of the nominee
    2. typewritten statement of 750 words or less detailing the exemplary nature of the nominee's service
    3. resume or professional vita that includes a listing, with dates, of the nominee's offices, committee posts or other professional and council leadership roles
    4. supporting documents, newspaper articles, pertinent letters, or other materials (not to exceed ten items)
    5. name, position, address and phone number of nominator.
  5. Nothing beyond these items will be considered by the selection committee. The inclusion of more support documents or a longer statement may jeopardize the nominee's chances.

10.2.7.4 Criteria

The award shall be given for demonstrated exceptional service to the social studies profession, especially in the state, regional or local councils, over a significant period of time, in at least five of the following categories:

  1. work on standing, ad hoc or other committees
  2. distinguished performance as local or state council officer
  3. planning, organizing and conducting council's NCSS Annual Conference or other social studies regional, state, and local meetings
  4. editing journals, newsletters or other publications
  5. advocating or defending the social studies in public arenas outside the immediate social studies community
  6. creating, organizing or conducting social studies activities, fairs or other programs
  7. service should be demonstrated at all levels, local through national
  8. any significant interruption in service should be explained by the nominator (e.g., lengthy illness, out of education).

10.2.7.5 Eligibility

Those who have been officers or members of the NCSS Board of Directors within the last 10 years are ineligible for the award. All other NCSS members are eligible.

10.2.7.6 Award

The award is a plaque or other appropriate recognition. Recipients will be granted lifetime membership in NCSS.

10.2.7.7 Frequency of the Award

This award is given annually, except in years when no qualified individuals are found.

10.2.7.8 Award Sponsor

NCSS.

10.2.7.9 Presentation of the Award

The award will be presented in an appropriate forum at the NCSS Annual Conference by an officer of NCSS.

10.2.8 The Program of Excellence Award

10.2.8.1 Composition of the Selection Committee

Five to fifteen members, depending on the number of nominated programs. Appointed by the president-elect to serve a rotating two-year terms. Includes a representative from the NCSS Board of Directors and a member of the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee representative will serve as chair.

10.2.8.2 Purposes of the Award

To recognize and honor outstanding social studies programs (not individuals, individual lessons, or units) currently being implemented in the United States and to encourage the growth and development of innovative and effective programs in the social studies.

10.2.8.3 Categories of Awards

There will be six categories of entry:

  1. K-12: District Entry: district or a segment within a district.
  2. K-6: Elementary Entry: primary or intermediate; e.g., K-3, 3-6, K-6, 2-3, etc.
  3. Middle School/Junior High Entry: 5-7, 6-9, 6-8, etc.
  4. Senior High Entry: 9-12, 10-12, etc.
  5. Teacher Education: district staff development, college, university, etc.
  6. Non-commercial organizations, agencies, or institutions in ongoing association with #1-5 above (this includes state or Local NCSS Affilliates)

10.2.8.4 Criteria

Criteria are organized into three categories: teachers, curriculum and students as follows:

10.2.8.4.1 Teachers. An exemplary social studies program should involve social studies teachers who:

  1. evidence both scholarship and expertise in the curriculum then teach;
  2. evidence participation in all aspects of the development of this curriculum including the setting of goals and objectives as well as program development, implementation, evaluation and revision;
  3. apply sound instructional theory and practice in the implementation of the program.

10.2.8.4.2 Curriculum Program. An exemplary social studies program should include social studies curriculum that

  1. is guided by thoughtfully selected as well as clearly stated and defined goals and objectives;
  2. is based on sound scholarship from the content areas relative to the social studies;
  3. sets high expectations for students and uses a variety of systematic and valid measures to evaluate student performance;
  4. relates appropriately to the age, maturity, interests and needs of the students from whom it is designed;
  5. incorporates effective instructional strategies and techniques which engage students directly and actively in the learning process both in and out of the classroom;
  6. provides valid evidence that the outcome of the program is consistent with the stated goals and objectives.

10.2.8.4.3 Students. An exemplary social studies program should engage social studies students in

  1. the critical examination of significant content, issues, and events from a variety of perspectives;
  2. focused systematic observations of, comprehensive decision making about, and active participation in the school, the community and their world;
  3. understanding democratic principles and participation in the democratic process.

10.2.8.5 Nomination and Selection Procedures. The first level of this award process will be administered by state social studies councils. The second level will be administered by National Council as follows:

10.2.8.5.1 Level l. The State Councils' roles.

  1. Publicize the Programs of Excellence Awards procedures and criteria.
  2. Recruit applications
  3. Organize selection teams from local and state councils to review application and select state finalists.
  4. Arrange site visits to state finalists to validate programs as quality programs being implemented during the current school year.
  5. Select state winners maximum of six; one per category if there are entries that qualify and meet standards of excellence in each categor.
  6. Select a total of two nominees for the NCSS award from the six possible state winners. Only two entries from each state will be accepted, providing the opportunity for equal representation and recognition for states. This will also enhance manageability of the process as well as enable NCSS to complete an annotated directory of Programs of Excellence on a yearly basis.
  7. Submit the state nominations to NCSS for national recognition.

10.2.8.5.2 Level 2. The National Council's roles.

  1. Publicize the program in NCSS publications, though committee chairs, and through affiliated and associated groups.
  2. Assist states by providing information and guidelines as they implement the program.
  3. Receive nominations from states.
  4. Organize a selection committee on a national level to select two national winners.
  5. Select and notify winners.
  6. Publish an annotated directory of winners on a yearly basis.
  7. Invite winners to present at state, local, regional and national meetings.

10.2.8.6 Awards

A trophy or plaque to the school and/or district and certificates of merit to participating teachers, supervisors or other personnel.

10.2.8.7 Frequency of the Award

This award is given annually, except in years when no qualified individuals are found.

10.2.8.8 Award Sponsor

NCSS.

10.2.8.9 Presentation of the Award(s)

The national Programs of Excellence award winners shall be recognized in an appropriate way at the NCSS Annual Conference. NCSS will publish an annotated directory of each years' exemplary programs nominated by each state. State councils are encouraged to provide recognition and/or awards for state winners. State councils are also encouraged to promote social studies by publicizing the outstanding programs in newsletters, workshops and conference programs.

10.2.9 The Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award

10.2.9.1 Composition of the Selection Committee

A subcommittee shall consist of three Research Committee members appointed by the Research Committee chair upon the recommendation of the full committee. One of the subcommittee members shall have served at least one year previously as a member of this subcommittee and shall serve as its chair.

10.2.9.2 Purposes of the Award.

o recognize and honor an individual or team for outstanding single study research in social studies and _Social Education_so as to recognize an exemplary single-study research conception, model, design, procedure and analysis. The use of the term research in reference to this award shall be broadly construed to mean any and all forms of recognized, formal research methodologies, paradigms and perspectives.

10.2.9.3 Nomination and Selection Procedures.

  1. The NCSS staff shall by January 1, send a call for nominations to appropriate newsletters and periodicals, including those identified by the subcommittee.
  2. Each nomination must include four copies of the studies, sent to the chair. One copy will be for each subcommittee member, and one copy will be sent by the chair to the NCSS executive director to be retained by NCSS.
  3. Starting August 1, members shall scale-rank components of each study on a form provided by the chair and then shall prioritize them, with '1' meaning best.
  4. The president and executive director shall be notified of the winners and non-winners.
  5. The president will notify the winners of their selection and will also notify the non-winners.
  6. A written report of the subcommittee's proceedings shall be sent to the chair of CUFA and to the chair of the Research Committee.

10.2.9.4 Award

The award is a plaque or other appropriate recognition.

10.2.9.5 Responsibility of Award Recipients

The award recipients will be expected to participate in a one hour session at the NCSS Annual Conference, in which they will answer questions and expand on their research.

10.2.9.6 Frequency of the Award

This award is given annually, except in years when no qualified individuals are found.

10.2.9.7 Award Sponsor

NCSS and the NCSS Research Committee.

10.2.9.8 Presentation of the Award(s)

The award will be presented in an appropriate forum at the NCSS Annual Conference.

10.2.10 Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research in the Social Studies Award

10.2.10.1 Composition of the Selection Committee

Three members of the Research Committee, appointed by the Chair of that Committee.

10.2.10.2 Purposes of the Award

To recognize and honor professionals who have made extensive contributions to knowledge concerning significant areas of social studies education, broadly defined, through meritorious research which has:

  1. added significantly to understanding of the status, impact, characteristics and activities of social studies education or social education, including several separate and distinct contributions related to curriculum. instruction, evaluation and the learning and teaching of and in the social studies
  2. stimulated a sense of responsibility among and fostered other professionals to engage in additional research efforts;
  3. added significantly to the information bases to those working in the social studies/social education field as evidenced by citations of their work within the social studies literature; d been used by professionals as the basis for significant decisions, rationales and practices related to one or more areas of social studies curriculum. instruction, evaluation, teaching or learning.
    <br >The use of the term research in reference to this award shall be broadly construed to mean any and all forms of recognized formal research - methodologies, paradigms and perspectives.

10.2.10.3 Eligibility

A person is eligible for consideration and receipt of this award when the following conditions have been met:

  1. published documentation of research endeavors and findings exist covering a span of approximately ten or more years;
  2. published documentation that research reveals a focus or direction in a significant segment of the research effort, without intending that the individual has spent the entire time on a single or a limited range of research topics;
  3. documentation exists that cites in positive ways the person's research contributions, broadly defined;
  4. letters of support on behalf of the researcher are received by not less than five recognized researchers in the field of social studies/social science education;
  5. the person does not necessarily have to be currently involved in active research and publications in the social studies/social education areas or fields or a current member of NCSS.

10.304 Criteria

  1. Evidence via actual public documents of the candidate's research activities over a period of approximately ten or more years;
  2. evidence via letters which clearly testify to the significance of the person's long time research contributions to social education, broadly defined;
  3. evidence via supporting documentation which testifies to the quality of the research conceptualization, methodology, procedures, data analysis, and interpretations and conclusions (broadly defined) used in the research work being considered;
  4. evidence via oral or written statements that the person's research contributed to fostering investigations by others on the same or related area or was used by others in their own research;
  5. evidence of the recognition by colleagues as a long time leader engaging in and advancing research in the social studies/social education (broadly defined) through her/his involvement in the profession or through professional publications.

10.2.10.5 Nomination and Selection Procedures

The selection committee is responsible for establishing annual deadlines, issuing a call for candidates, reviewing supporting documentation, and rank ordering nominees.

10.2.10.6 The individual(s) shall receive

  1. a plaque as a permanent symbol of the person's achievement;
  2. a formal announcement as the recipient during the NCSS Annual Conference, in appropriate NCSS official publications, through correspondence to other appropriate professional publication e.g., AERA, ASCD), and through a formal letter to key members of the recipient's professional institution. and
  3. a year's comprehensive membership in NCSS and CUFA.

10.2.10.7 Frequency of the Award

This award is given annually, except in years when no qualified individuals are foundevery other year.

10.2.10.8 Award Sponsor

NCSS and the NCSS Research Committee.

10.2.10.9 Presentation of the Awards

Persons selected for this award shall receive recognition by formal announcement as the recipient during the NCSS Annual Conference.

10.2.11 The Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award

10.2.11.1 Composition of the Selection Committee

Suggested composition: the president shall appoint four qualified members of NCSS to this select subcommittee who are or who have formerly taught 7-12 social studies at least one of whom is a previous Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award winner and a member of the Awards Committee to serve as chair. The committee shall consist of five members who will serve rotating three-year terms. (February 1999)

10.2.11.2 Purposes of the Award

To recognize one or two classroom teachers, grades 7-12, who have demonstrated exceptional abilities as social studies teachers, as indicated by the announced criteria.

10.2.11.3 Eligibility

The candidate must have been a classroom teacher in grades 7-12 at the time of nomination. The candidate must teach social studies at least half-time. The candidate must have been a member of NCSS for the two years prior to the year of nomination.

10.2.11.4 Criteria

The teacher shall demonstrate exceptional ability in five of the following six areas: (February 1999)

  1. Develop or use instructional materials creatively and effectively. a. Incorporate innovative and verifiable effective instructional strategies and techniques.
  2. Utilize new scholarship from history, the social sciences or other appropriate fields.
  3. Foster a spirit of inquiry and the development of critical thinking skills among students, particularly in regard to community, national and international affairs and issues.
  1. Foster the development and practice of citizen participation among students in school and community settings.
  1. Show evidence of professional involvement such as sharing expertise in workshops, curriculum development committees, association activities, etc.

10.2.11.5 Nomination and Selection Procedures

  1. The executive director shall be responsible for publication of the award and the nominations procedure.
  2. Anyone may nominate a candidate for the award.
  3. Six copies of the completed nomination form and other documentation must be received by the subcommittee chair, NCSS, Washington, D.C., no later than May 15. NCSS will retain one copy of all materials.
  4. The executive director and the chair of the Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Awards Subcommittee jointly shall be responsible for the certification of receipt of completed nominations by the deadline.
  5. Nominations shall be made using the nomination form provided by NCSS or duplications of the form.
  6. Documentation shall include:
    1. a narrative consisting of no more than five pages typed, double spaced, on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, describing achievements in five of the specified areas;
    2. supporting documents such as reproductions of newspaper articles,
    3. letters of support, evaluations, classroom observation, data and other supporting documents not to exceed an additional ten pages; and
    4. a vita or professional resume prepared by the nominee.
  7. The chair of the subcommittee for this award shall notify the executive director to forward a copy of each nomination that has been certified eligible to each member of this subcommittee.
  8. Each member shall review all nominations and select no more than five as recommendations for finalists, notifying the chair of his/her recommendations.
  9. The chair shall establish a slate of no more than five from those recommendations. To be placed among the finalists, the nominees must have received votes from at least two members of the subcommittee.
  10. The finalists shall then be rank-ordered by each member of the subcommittee and the two candidates with the highest total rank order positions shall be named as recipients of the annual awards. A copy of all rankings of all members and the final rankings shall be sent to the NCSS executive director.
  11. The executive director will be informed of the decision no later than September 1 that the recipients may be notified and arrangements for the awards made.

10.2.11.6 Award

A sum of $2500, a one-year complimentary membership in NCSS, and a plaque or other appropriate recognition.

10.2.11.7 Responsibility of Award Recipient

The award recipient(s) will be expected to participate in a one hour session at the NCSS Annual Conference, in which they will answer questions and/or expand on their work.

10.2.11.8 Frequency of the Award

This award is given annually, except in years when no qualified individuals are found.

10.2.11.9 Award Sponsor

NCSS.

10.2.11.10 Presentation of the Awards

The award will be presented in an appropriate forum at the NCSS Annual Conference.