Donald L. Fett
The Iowa Council for the Social Studies will give a $100 cash award to K-12 teachers for submitting an exemplary lesson plan that they have created. This lesson plan must reflect current trends in social studies education and be an original approach to the teaching of any social studies discipline. Be sure to explain why your lesson plan should be selected. A cover page must also be included with the lesson plan. Winner(s) of this award must present their lesson plan at the fall conference of the Iowa Council for the Social Studies. Applications ( cover letter and lesson plan) must be completed no later than May 31st.
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Don Fett was one of the founders of the Iowa Council of Social Studies. Her served as its first Executive Secretary for thirteen years. During that time, Do did much of the work necessary to build a strong, active professional organization dedicated to the support and advancement of teachers of the social studies. Along with the other Iowa City teachers, Don was a recipient of the Pacific Rim Fellowship. He was accepted and participated in the JISEA program, which provided the opportunity for teachers to study and travel in Japan. Don taught in Iowa City schools for twenty-seven years, primarily government and economics. He also served as the Social Studies Coordinator for the district. He love teaching and thoroughly enjoyed working with his students and colleagues. He was an ardent democrat and chaired the Democratic Party Committees. To honor Don and recognize his significant contribution to the field of social studies, the Iowa Council established the Don Fett Lesson Plan Award. This award recognizes the most outstanding lesson plan submitted by a member of the Iowa Council each year. Several years ago, the Iowa Council awarded Don Fett the John Haefner Award. This award is given to social studies educators who have promoted better teaching in social studies educators who have promoted better teaching in social studies by participating in professional workshops at both the state and national levels. This award is nominated and recognized by the recipient’s peers for their outstanding teaching, continuous learning and service to the social studies profession. Don exemplified all of those during his distinguished career in social studies education.
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