Nominations needed for History Teacher of the year

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is seeking nominations for the annual Iowa History Teacher of the year award. The institute, in partnership with Preserve America, inaugurated the award in 2004.

The History Teacher of the Year Award is designed to promote and celebrate the teaching of American history in classrooms across the United States. It honors one exceptional teacher of American history from each state and U.S. territory, out of only six teachers eligible for nomination. The selection of the state winner is based upon several criteria, including: experience in teaching American history showing creativity and imagination in the classroom and paying close attention to documents, artifacts, historic sites, and other primary materials of history.

The state winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will be in the running for National History Teacher of the Year award to be selected this fall. His or her school library will receive a core archive of history books and materials.

The deadline is April, 15. For more information, please contact Thomas Connors, Iowa Coordinator at 319-273-2994 or

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study of love of American history. Increasingly national and international in scope, the Institute targets audience ranging from students to scholars to the general public. It helps create history-centered schools and academic research centers, organises seminars and enrichment programs for educators, partners with school districts to implement Teaching American History grants, produce print and electronic publications and travelling exhibitions, and sponsors lectures by eminent historians. The Institute also sponsors awards including the Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and George Washington Book Prizes and offers fellowships for scholars to work in history archives, including the Gilder Lehrman Collection.

Preserve America is a White House initiative that encourages greater shared knowledge about the nation's past and increased local participation in preserving the county's cultural and natural heritage assets.

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