Paul A. Gagnon Prize

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Paul A. Gagnon Prize


Sponsored by National Council for History Education

Contact:John Csepegi, Director of Conference and Events
National Council for History Education
13940 Cedar Rd., Ste. 393
University Heights, OH 44118

Phone: 240.696.6600
Email: (For questions); (To submit applications)
Description:The National Council for History Education (NCHE) annually awards the Paul A. Gagnon Prize to either a teacher in kindergarten through grade 12 who exhibits exceptional historical scholarship, or to individuals or groups that have made a significant contribution to the promotion of history education. Both nominations of others and self-nominations are accepted.

Criteria for nominating history teachers includes the following:
• Evidence of commitment to the idea that scholarship and teaching go together and that learning is a lifetime dedication.
• Commitment to the study of history and teaching at the precollegiate level.
• Publishing or presenting historical research that advances history education and scholarship.
• Continuing dedication to advancing historical knowledge and expertise through participation in seminars, workshops, and conferences.

Criteria for nominating professionals or groups who promote history education include the following:
• Commitment to the idea that history education is an essential part of every citizen’s education and every student is owed the opportunity to learn US and world history.
• Commitment to the study and teaching of history at the precollegiate level.
• Published work, presentations, or other approaches that argue for the importance of history education and significantly promote or protect history education in schools.
• Dedication to advancement of history education as demonstrated through outstanding teaching performance; curriculum development; presentations at seminars, workshops, and conferences; or any other endeavors that promote K-12 history education.

To apply for the award, the following materials are required: a cover letter indicating why the K-12 history teacher or the individual or group deserves the award; curriculum vitae; narrative description of a classroom or other program or project and an explanation of how it advances the study of history at the precollegiate level, including any related presentations if applicable; and three letters of support for the candidate. Applications must be submitted via email. The prize is presented at the NCHE National Conference.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s):A cash prize of $1,000 is awarded, plus complimentary registration for the 2020 and 2021 NCHE National Conferences, and a presentation spot at the 2021 conference.
Deadline(s):Applications are due December 6, 2019.
Focus:Professional Development
Grade Level(s):K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Adult
Content Area(s): Social Studies/Sciences
21st Century
Themes and Skills:
Critical Thinking
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