The Outstanding Social Studies Classroom Teacher Award Elementary/Middle School/High School will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional teaching ability at the elementary or middle or high school level and is currently teaching. There will be separate awards for each level. The person nominated must be knowledgeable in social studies content as well as pedagogy and must be able to relate successfully to students at the level for which the nomination is made. The nominee must have taught for at least five years in the award category for which he she is nominated. The person must be a member of the NYSCSS from July 1, 2012. Elementary school teachers may belong through a building affiliation with NYSCSS.
The Distinguished Social Studies Educator Award will be presented to an individual who exemplifies the best in professional social studies education in New York State. The person should have considerable visibility and a significantly positive impact on social studies education in this state and possibly at the national level. The person’s contributions should be widely known and should be well-documented over a period of five years or more. The candidate must be a member of the NYSCSS from July 1, 2012. The Distinguished Social Studies Service Award will be presented to an individual who has provided outstanding effort on behalf of professional social studies organizations) in New York state and possibly at the national level. The nominee should have a history of accomplishment in this area, preferably but not necessarily through many varied activities over a period five years or more. The candidate must be a member of NYSCSS from July 1, 2012.
The Continuing Social Studies Service Award will be presented to an NYSCSS member in good standing who has officially filed with their retirement system and who has made and continues to make significant contributions to the success of NYSCSS.
General Rules and Information Nomination form may be downloaded at the website nyscss.org
Nominations may be made by an individual or by an organization such as a local council or school. Letters of support from the local council (if the candidate is a member), colleagues, supervisors, parents and students (where appropriate) and other forms of documentation such as newspaper clippings and sample teaching materials are strongly urged.