2018 Arizona History Teacher of the Year

Sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America

Overview

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 co-sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History 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 and US Territories.

A teacher can be nominated at any point during the year but must be nominated by March 31, 2018 to be considered for the current year’s award. All nominations must be submitted on the Gilder Lehrman website at: https://www.gilderlehrman.org/national-history-teacher-year-nomination



Mesa Teacher Named Finalist for the 2017 National History Teacher of the Year Award

MESA, Ariz. (September 6, 2017): John-David Bowman, the 2017 Arizona History Teacher of the Year, has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2017 National History Teacher of the Year Award. The award is presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.

“Knowledgeable and impassioned teachers bring our country’s history to life for students, allowing them to understand engaging with history is about more than a series of facts,” said James G. Basker, President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. “Teachers are the lifeblood of our students’ education, and these are the best of the best.”

Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and US Territories. This is the first time the committee has selected a group of finalists from the state honorees. The National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of 10 finalists in October 2017.

“Students get bored when everything is presented in black and white. Real history is about interpretation, the how’s and why’s of the events,” said Bowman, a teacher at Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona. To encourage engagement Bowman has students reenact Civil War battles on the football field, draft their own Progressive Era legislation, and analyze documents and photographs as part of a Cuban Missile Crisis simulation.

The winner of the National History Teacher of the Year award receives a $10,000 prize, presented by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner at a ceremony in New York City on November 8, 2017. Past presenters at the ceremony include the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, First Lady Laura Bush, former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Nominations for the 2018 History Teacher of the Year awards are now open. Students, parents, colleagues, and supervisors may nominate K-12 teachers for the award by visiting gilderlehrman.org/nhtoy. The deadline for 2018 nominations is March 31, 2018.



Qualifying Criteria/Eligibility

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  • Any full-time educator of grades K-12 who teaches American history (including state and local history). American history may be taught as an individual subject or through social studies, reading, language arts, and other subjects. Nominees must be planning to teach for at least one year following the award year.
  • Past state and national winners for History Teacher of the Year are not eligible.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • All K-12 nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria: At least three years of classroom teaching experience.
  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching American history (may include state and local history).
  • Evidence of creativity and innovation in the classroom.
  • Effective use of primary resources to engage students with American history.

  • Nominations and Applications

    An online form is open year-round to collect nominations for any K-12 teacher.

    All nominations must be submitted on the Gilder Lehrman website at: https://www.gilderlehrman.org/national-history-teacher-year-nomination

    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.