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Outstanding History Educator Award

National History Day (NHD) is pleased to announce The History Channel Award for Outstanding Contribution in History Educations presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to history education through service to the National History Day program. The award reciepient receives $5,000 and a special plaque that is presented at the NHD national contest in June. Download the application

To be eligible, the individual must be a participant in the National History Day program and may be a teacher, media specialist, district or state History Day coordinator, judge, or parent. Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria:
  1. Success in involving students in the program at the district, state, and national level. The committee would especially welcome the nomination of candidates who involve students from a variety of backgrounds and abilities in the program. Success does not just mean student success in the contest, but using the NHD program successfully in the classroom or as an education outreach tool.
  2. Service to the History Day program at all levels of the contest. Examples could include: mentoring new History Day teachers, judging, fund-raising, publication of History Day materials, strengthening the History Day community within a state or at the national level.
  3. Service to the discipline of history in general. Examples could include:
    • involvement in community projects that enhance people's understanding of and appreciation for history, at the local level or beyond;
    • creative teaching within and outside the classroom which helps students develop an appreciation of history;
    • collection of resources for history research in one's locality or state;
    • publication of lesson plans;
    • publication in professional publications of interest to history teachers and educators generally.
  4. Professional development. Examples could include: presentations at workshops, special courses or institutes, publications.
Click here to download the application (MS WORD)

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