VCSS: 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year
Each year, the Virginia Council for the Social Studies (VCSS) recognizes outstanding teachers of the social studies K-12. The Teacher of the Year is the Virginia Social Studies educator who makes social studies lively, engaging, and informative for his/her students while also developing the thinking skills and habits of inquiry necessary for effective democratic leadership.

The Virginia Teacher of the Year will receive:
* $500.00 for professional purposes
* Recognized at the annual conference of the Virginia Council for the Social Studies in the fall
* Membership on the VCSS Board of Directors
* Opportunity to present at the following year’s VCSS annual conference

In short, the Council seeks the nominations of exemplary social studies professionals. Please pass on this information to the appropriate staff in order to ensure that recognition is given to a deserving recipient. Thank you for your support and
participation.

You will need to upload two nominator/reference forms
*One from a district representative or an in school supervisor
*One from a teacher or parent familiar with your instruction

Completed applications are due July 31, 2018

Sincerely,
VCSS Teacher of the Year Committee

Please fill out the form below
Purpose
To recognize exceptional classroom social studies teachers for grades K-12 who teach social studies
regularly and systematically in school settings.
Criteria
Demonstrate exceptional abilities listed below:
1. Develop or use instructional materials creatively and effectively.
2. Incorporate innovative and verifiable effective instructional strategies and techniques.
3. Demonstrate the ability to foster the development of democratic beliefs and values, and the need for citizen participation appropriate to students’ grade level in classroom, school, and community settings.
4. Must be a current member of the VCSS (membership link: www.vcss.org)
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