2017 Secondary Teacher of the Year Application Form

2017 Secondary Teacher of the Year Application Form

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  • NCSS Outstanding Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year

  • The annual NCSS Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards recognize exceptional classroom social studies teachers for grades 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.

  • Eligibility 

    - Anyone may nominate. Self nominations will be accepted.

    - Nominee must be a member of NCSS.

    - Nominee must be a social studies teacher for grades 7-12 who teach social studies regularly and systematically in elementary school settings.

    - Nominees cannot be nominated for the award in more than one category (i.e., junior high/middle school teachers are ineligible for the secondary award).

  • Criteria

    Demonstrated exceptional abilities in the seven categories listed below:

    - Developing or using instructional materials creatively and effectively.

    - Incorporating innovative and verified effective instructional strategies and techniques.

    - Utilizing new scholarship from history, the social sciences, or other appropriate fields.

    - Utilizing the ten interrelated themes identified in the NCSS National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment as well as integrating the four dimensions of inquiry concepts from College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History in their teaching.

    - Fostering 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.

    - Fostering the development of democratic beliefs and values, and the skills needed for citizen participation appropriate to students' grade level in classroom, school, and community settings.

    - Professional involvement in activities such as workshops, curriculum development, committees, and other association activities, etc.

  • Submission Requirements

    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.

    *Note: Links to external websites are not acceptable, and will be disregarded by the selection committee. Maximum file size to be uploaded for each non-text box item is 1MB. File types accepted are: pdf, doc, docx.

    Application Deadline: May 15, 2017

    You will have five days to access and update your form after your initial submission.

  • Nominee Information

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  • Institution Information

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  • Preferred Contact Information

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  • Nominator Information

  • Activities
    The applicant will describe the top five activities of which he/she is most proud that exemplify 2-3 of the award criteria. Limit 500 words.
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  • Philosophy of Teaching Social Studies
    The applicant will describe his/her approach to teaching social studies. This can include, but is not limited to, interaction with students and parents, pedagogical approaches, integration of technology, differentiation of curriculum to accommodate learning styles and abilities and views on assessment. (see www.socialstudies.org/positions/powerful). Limit 500 words.
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  • Professional Resume/Curriculum vita


  • Upload a File
  • Social Studies Unit or Lesson Plan



    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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  • Please provide information on any C3 Framework dimensions utilized in the lesson.

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  • Please provide information on the prerequisite skills/knowledge students will need for the lesson.

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  • Please provide information on the resources used or researched by teacher in preparation for teaching the lesson/unit.

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  • lease provide detailed descriptions of (and rationale for) instructional activities and pedagogical tools utilized within the lesson.
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  • If you have pdf's or photos of students engaged in the lesson and/or complete student work samples that illustrate your reflection on student learning, please feel free to upload those files here.

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  • Letters of Support

  • Letter of endorsement by State Council or recommendation from Nominator. If you are nominating yourself you must have a letter of endorsement from your your State Council (2 page maximum).

    -Describe the ways this teacher exhibits excellence in social studies instruction.

    -Describe how this teacher demonstrates professional leadership and relates to his/her colleages.

    -Describe this teacher's unique qualificates to serve as the NCSS Social Studies Teacher of the Year.

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  • Letter from Principal or Immediate Supervisor including performance responsibility (2 page maximum)

    -What creative projects make this teacher's work outstanding?

    -How are the concepts of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework integrated into this teacher's work?

    -In what ways has this teacher influenced students?

    -Describe how this teacher demonstrates professional leadership and related to his/her colleages.

    -How does this teacher demonstrate knowledge of content that leads to high levels of student learning?

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  • Letter from parent or student (2 page maximum)

    -Highlight teacher effectiveness, unique abilities, memorable experiences, etc.

    - Describe how this teacher demonstrates knowledge and appreciation of students' varying skills, approaches to learning, and cultural and linguistic backgrounds. 

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  • Publicity Outreach

    Please provide information in the following sections to assist in future outreach/information dissemination. 

  • Biographical Sketch

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  • Local Media Information

  • Local Newspaper 1

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  • Local Newspaper 2

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  • Institution Information

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  • Evaluation

    Criteria will be evaluated by the following indicators:

    1. Creativity

    2. Knowledge of Students (Developmental and Cultural Relevance)

    3. Leadership/Professionalism

    4. Social Studies pedagogy

    5. Social studies content knowledge

    6. Incorporation of state and NCSS curriculum standards, and C3 Framework concepts.

    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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