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2016 NCSS Award and Grant Winners

Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year

Elementary School Winner

Vicki S. Gonterman
Gibbs Magnet Elementary School of International Studies & Foreign Languages
Little Rock, AR
Generously sponsored by
Studies Weekly

Middle School Winner

Ronald C. Hustvedt, Jr.
Salk Middle School
STEM Magnet Program
Elk River, MN
Generously sponsored by
Discovery Education


Secondary School Winner

John C. Bunin
Albemarle High School
Charlottesville, VA


2016 Award for Global Understanding in Honor of James Becker

Kim Leegan and Ryan Daly
Westfield High School, Westfield, NJ

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2015 Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy

John C. Bunin, Andy Mink and Julie
Virginia Geographic Alliance, Farmville, VA

Co-sponsored by GENIP

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2016 Exemplary Research Award

Photo Eric Freedman

"What Happened Needs to be Told:
Fostering Critical Historical Reasoning in the Classroom"

Eric B. Freedman
Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT

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2016 Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award

Maribel Santiago

"Reconceptualizing the Teaching of Mexican American Contributions in U.S. History
A Case Study on Mendez v. Westminster"

Maribel Santiago
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

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Maribel Santiago

2015 Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research in Social Studies Award

Peter Carr Seixas
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia

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Blake Busbin

2015 Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award

William Busbin, Ph.D.
Auburn High School, Auburn, AL

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2016 Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award

Adopt a Country Project

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2016 CUFA-FASSE Social Studies Social Justice Research Grant

Toward an Anti-Racist teacher Self-Efficacy Scale

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Carter G. Woodson Book Award and Honor Winners


Click here to see PHOTOGRAPHS of Award Ceremonies taken at the 96th NCSS Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., December 2-4, 2016. Click here to read about many of the CONFERENCE SPEAKERS who made this such a memorable meeting of social studies professionals.



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