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Awards to USA K-12 Teachers for Excellence
in American History Education

National History Teacher of the Year

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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Deadline Date:

04/30/22

Description:

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Awards of $1,000 and one award of $10,000 to recognize USA K-12 American history teachers for excellence in educating students. One nominee from each state will receive the monetary prize, a certificate of recognition, an archive of resources to be presented in their name to the school library, an invitation to participate in a Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, and recognition at a ceremony within their state. Each winner’s school will become a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School.

All nominated teachers must meet the following criteria:

  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching American history (including state and local history)
  • Evidence of creativity and imagination in the classroom
  • Effective use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories, and other primary sources to engage students with American history.

Consideration of these factors will be based on the grade level taught in order to accommodate the teaching requirements of both generalist and specialist teachers. 

All state winners are finalists for the National History Teacher of the Year Award. The winner receives a $10,000 award and a trip to the national award ceremony; two of the winner’s students are also invited to the ceremony.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150599

Number of Grants:

50 state winners and 1 national winner

Estimated Size of Grant:

- National winner chosen from among state winners receives a $10,000 prize presented at an award ceremony in their honor in New York City.
- State winners receive a $1,000 prize, an archive of classroom resources, and recognition at a ceremony in their state.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any full-time K–12 educator who teaches American history (including state and local history) as either an individual subject or as part of other subjects, such as social studies, reading, or language arts, is eligible for the award.

Past state and national winners are not eligible. Self-nominations are not accepted.

The 2021 award will honor exceptional elementary and secondary school teachers. Eligible generalist and specialist teachers in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools, and US Territories are encouraged to apply.

All nominated teachers must meet the following criteria:
- At least three years of classroom teaching experience
- Will teach for at least one year following the award year
- A demonstrated commitment to teaching American history
- Evidence of creativity and imagination in the classroom
- Effective use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories, and other primary sources to engage students with American history

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for 2022 nominations: April 30, 2022

Deadline for 2022 nominees to submit supporting materials: May 30, 2022

After completing the short nomination form, your candidate will be nominated and you will receive a confirmation via email. All nominees will be contacted by the Institute with further instructions on submitting supporting materials.

Nominations can be made by a student, parent, colleague, or principal or other administrator familiar with the teacher’s work.

Each state convenes a committee to evaluate the award materials. Committee members may include history educators, professors, former state winners, and education professionals. The selection committee reviews all completed applications and selects the state winner from both generalist and specialist applicants using separate rubrics that fairly judge their individual strengths. State winners are announced in June. All applicants will be notified at that time.

A panel of judges comprising the previous national winner, renowned historians, professors, and teachers reads and evaluates all state winner materials using separate rubrics that judge both generalist and specialists fairly and selects the National History Teacher of the Year. The National History Teacher of the Year is announced and honored in the fall.

FAQs:
https://www.gilderlehrman.org/programs-and-events/national-history-teacher-year/frequently-asked-questions

Eligibility:
https://www.gilderlehrman.org/programs-and-events/national-history-teacher-year/eligibility

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online nomination form:
https://www.gilderlehrman.org/national-history-teacher-year-nomination

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
49 West 45th Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10036

For any questions, email nhtoy@gilderlehrman.org

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