2013 NATIONAL HISTORY TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Preserve America,
and HISTORYTM (the History Channel)
|Nominations and Applications|
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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History conducts the National History
Teacher of the Year Award as part of its mission to promote the study and love
of American history. The award is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of
American History, HISTORY™ (the History Channel), and Preserve America. Started
in 2004, the award celebrates outstanding American history teachers at the state
and national level. The National History Teacher of the Year is chosen from
finalists in each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Department of
Defense schools/U.S. State Department schools and U.S. Territories.
The 2013 award is open to any full-time elemenatary educator in grades K-6 who teaches social studies with a focus on American history (including local and state history). Teachers of grades middle and high school will be honored in 2014. The following criteria will be used to select each state winner and the national winner:
- At least three years of classroom experience in teaching
social studies with a focus on American history (including state and local
- Creativity and imagination in the classroom that addresses
literacy and content beyond state standards.
- Close attention to primary documents, artifacts, historic
sites, and other primary materials of history, including oral history.
- Thoughtful assessment of student achievement and progress.
Other notes about eligibility:
- Past state and national winners are not eligible.
- Self-nominations are not accepted.
- Nominees must be planning to teach for at least one year
following the award year.
NEW! The online nomination form will now be open year-round for any K-12 teacher. Nominated teachers will be considered in the year they are eligible for the award. Elementary teachers (grades K-6) and middle and high school teachers (grades 7-12) will be honored in separate categories, in alternate years. Middle and high school teachers were considered for the 2012 award and elementary teachers will be considered for the 2013 award.
All nominations must be submitted on the Gilder Lehrman website at:
Nominators must include contact information for the nominee and a short
statement indicating why the nominee is an outstanding teacher of American
history. Nominations can be made by a student, parent, colleague, supervisor
(including department head, principal, superintendent, curriculum director), or
other education professional familiar with the teacher’s work. The deadline to
nominate elementary (K-6) teachers for the 2013 award is Friday, February 1, 2013.
State winners will be announced and honored at local ceremonies. State
- A $1,000 award
- Certificate of recognition
- Collection of American history classroom resources, given in
honor of the state winner, for use in the school library or resource center
- The opportunity to participate in a GLI summer seminar
- The opportunity for his or her school to become a GLI
Each state winner is a finalist for the national award. A panel of
judges will review the state winner applications and select the National
History Teacher of the Year who will be announced in the early fall
2013. The national winner will receive a $10,000 prize and a trip to the
fall awards ceremony with two of his or her students.
Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin 2
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Tel: (602) 542-3710
Fax: (602) 364-1532
Program Coordinator: Karla Bravo