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, 2013. 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, 2013.
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.
The Susan Wasserman Memorial Award will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional teaching potential within the first five years of teaching. The person nominated must be knowledgeable in social studies content as well as pedagogy and must be able to relate successfully to students. Elementary school teachers may be members through a building affiliation with NYSCSS.
Download an Awards Nomination Form: NYSCSS EDUCATOR AWARD FORM.docx
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.
The Nomination form (or facsimile) MUST be filled out completely.
The due date for receipt of nomination packet (nomination form, rationale, and supporting documentation is January 31, 2014.
A recent photograph of the candidate should be available to send via email if the candidate is selected as an awards recipient. Award winners’ photographs will appear in the Convention Program.
The Awards Committee will make its recommendations to the Executive Committee of NYSCSS. The Executive Committee is responsible for finalizing the decision of the winner of each award.
The award winners will receive public recognition at the Awards Banquet at the annual convention in Albany in March. They will be guests of NYSCSS at the banquet and receive plaques.
Previous award winners are ineligible for consideration in the award category for which they were honored.
Previous nominees who did not win in the previous year are eligible for consideration for this year’s awards. Nominations need to be updated.
It is the responsibility of the nominator to inform the award candidate if his/her nomination needs to be updated.
AWARDS SUBMISSIONS DUE BY JANUARY 31, 2014