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Richard Farrell Teacher of Merit Award

National History Day is pleased to announce the The Richard Farrell Teacher of Merit Award for innovative history teaching within and outside the classroom recognizes outstanding teachers at the state level and one exceptional history teacher at the national level who receives a $1,000 prize at the National History Day contest each June.

The award is given in memory of Richard Farrell, a history professor at the University of Maryland who focused on the training of history teachers and served on the NHD Board of Trustees. Download the application

To be eligible, a teacher must be a participant in the National History Day program. The evaluation criteria are as follows:
  1. Development and use of creative teaching methods that interest students in history and help them make exciting discoveries about the past. Examples could include:
    • active learning projects within and outside the classroom, such as mock debates with the students assuming the roles of real people or oral history projects within their communities;
    • innovative use of primary sources in the classroom;
    • the use of communications technology in history research and classroom learning;
    • the practice of teaching methods which link history to students' broader interests, for example, by using interdisciplinary approaches to historical topics or by developing projects which link history to current events and debates;
    • the use of teaching methods which build a range of skills in students as they study history.
  2. Exemplary commitment to helping students develop their interests in history and recognizing their achievements. Examples could include:
    • exemplary support and guidance for students working on History Day projects;
    • assistance in helping students showcase their history projects within the community and/or publish their material;
    • overall commitment to the intellectual development of individual students;
    • encouragement of students to use their understanding of history to become engaged, informed citizens in their community and beyond.
Click here to download the application (MS WORD)

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