Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year

Purpose: The purpose of the CCSS Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year is to recognize a CCSS member whose classroom teachings in grades K-6 and whose professional practices reflect the goals and purposes of an exemplary social studies education.

Membership Status:
• A current member in CCSS at the time of nomination.
• Nominee must be teaching in grades K-6, or must be teaching social studies at least one-half time in a departmentalized school or regularly and systematically in an elementary school setting.
• Not an elected member of the CCSS Executive Committee at the time of the nomination.
• Not a member of the Selection Committee at the time of the nomination.

Criteria
Nomination shall be based upon the following criteria
The award is presented to an elementary school classroom social studies teacher who has demonstrated an exceptional ability to excel in at least five of the six areas listed below:
1. Developing and/or use instructional materials creatively and effectively.
2. Incorporating innovative and /or verified effective instructional strategies and techniques.
3. Utilizing new scholarship from history, the social sciences, or other appropriate fields.
4. Fostering a spirit of inquiry and the development of skills related to acquiring, organizing, processing, and using information and making decisions related to both domestic and international matters.
5. Fostering the development of democratic beliefs and values, and the skills needed for citizenship participation appropriate to elementary age youth in classroom, school, and community settings.
6. Showing evidence of professional involvement through activities such as workshops, curriculum development, committees, and other association activities.

Award
Each award recipient will receive:
*A plaque
*A complimentary registration at the "Award Year" Conference
*The winner will present a showcase session during the 2015 conference

Selection Process
A maximum of 1 award will be presented each year only if the candidate fulfills the established criteria:
1. Nominations may be submitted by the CCSS local council of which the nominee is a member.
2. A member of the Professional Standards Committee will chair the selection committee which will include at least one member of the Executive Committee and a past recipient of the award.
3. Selection committee members will have no conflict of interest with award nominees.
4. The completed nomination materials for the following year’s award are due by 11:59 p.m. December 1st.

Outstanding Elementary School Social Studies Teacher of the Year
Required Documentation
It is the responsibility of the nominator to provide all nomination materials, which include:
1. A narrative statement of not more than five pages, double-spaced, describing the nominee’s exemplary practice.
2. A vita or professional resume prepared by the nominee
3. Supporting documentation, limited to three items, may include reproductions of newspaper articles, teaching evaluations and letters of support not to exceed an additional ten pages.
4. A video or portfolio with unit plan, lessons, and student materials which provide a visual/hands-on of the nominee’s expertise as a teacher.
5. Maximum of 100 word biographical statement
6. Headshot photo of nominee

SUBMISSION OF NOMINATION APPLICATIONS AND REQUIRED MATERIALS
Complete applications with all required materials are due to CCSS no later than 11:59 p.m. on December 1st. Application materials will NOT be returned. Please maintain a copy for your records. Applications and materials submitted via email must be sent to info@ccss.org or may be submitted online at http://bit.ly/1xV1D15. Videos may be provided via links to such sites as Teacher Tube or YouTube, Materials may be saved to a flash drive or disc and sent to the CCSS Awards Recognition Program via US/Private Mail Carrier TO.

CCSS
Awards Recognition Program
2118 Wilshire Blvd. #352
Santa Monica, CA 90403

•Only complete applications will be considered.


REQUIRED MATERIALS FOR COMPLETE APPLICATIONS FOR THE CCSS OUTSTANDING ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER OF THE YEAR
•Application Coversheet
•A narrative statement of not more than five pages, double-spaced, describing the nominee’s exemplary practice.
•A vita or professional resume prepared by the nominee
•Supporting documentation, limited to three items, may include reproductions of newspaper articles, teaching evaluations and letters of support not to exceed an additional ten pages.
•A video or portfolio with unit plan, lessons, and student materials, which provide a visual/hands-on of the nominee’s expertise as a teacher
•Maximum of 100 word biographical statement
•Headshot photo of nominee

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