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National Council for the Social Studies Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year

  

Sponsored by National Council for the Social Studies, Studies Weekly, and Discovery Education

Website:http://www.socialstudies.org/awards/teaching
Contact:National Council for the Social Studies
8555 16th St. Ste. 500
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Phone: 301.588.1800
Description:The annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards recognize exceptional classroom social studies teachers for kindergarten through grade 6, grades 5 through 8, and grades 7 through 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. NCSS membership is required.

Anyone may nominate a teacher for the award. Self-nominations are also accepted. Teachers cannot be nominated for the award in more than one category (for example, junior high and middle school teachers are ineligible for the secondary award).

To be nominated, the teacher must demonstrate exceptional abilities in the seven criteria listed below:
1. Develop or use instructional materials creatively and effectively.
2. Incorporate innovative and verified effective instructional strategies and techniques.
3. Utilize new scholarship from history, the social sciences, or other appropriate fields.
4. Utilize the 10 interrelated themes identified in NCSS curriculum standards: culture; time, continuity, and change; people, places, and environments; individual development and identity; individuals, groups, and institutions; power, authority, and governance; production, distribution, and consumption; science, technology, and society; global connections; and civic ideals and practices.
5. Demonstrate ability to foster 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. Demonstrate ability to foster the development of democratic beliefs and values, and the skills needed for citizen participation appropriate to studentsí grade level in classroom, school, and community settings.
7. Provide evidence of professional involvement in activities, such as workshops, curriculum development, committees, and other association activities.

The competition website hosts three separate online applications: one for Elementary Teacher of the Year (kindergarten through grade 6), one for Middle Level Teacher of the Year (grades 5 through 8), and one for Secondary Teacher of the Year (grades 7 through 12). Please read the entire application to ensure you have all the required elements before starting. Applications must be submitted online.
Eligibility:Private, Public, Charter
Award(s):Award winners receive $2,500, complimentary one-year membership in NCSS, and up to $500 in transportation and lodging reimbursement to attend the NCSS Annual Conference, where they present a session.
Deadline(s):Applications are due May 15, 2017.
Focus:Professional Development
Grade Level(s):Adult
Content Area(s): Social Studies/Sciences
State(s):National
 
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