NYSCSS 2022 AWARDS NOMINATION FORM

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Award Information and Nomination

NYSCSS Professional Educator Award Descriptions

The Outstanding Social Studies Classroom Teacher Award (Elementary, Middle School, and 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 at least five years in the award category for which he/she/they is/are nominated.  Evidence of community engagement and to the field of social studies should be evident in materials submitted. To receive this award the nominee must be a current member of NYSCSS in good standing.

The Outstanding Social Studies Supervisor Award will be given each year to a supervisor/chairperson who has demonstrated outstanding social studies supervision at the elementary and/or secondary level. The person nominated has remained abreast of new developments in social studies and  incorporated innovative and effective supervisory techniques.  The nominee will display a commitment to excellence in social studies education and foster professional growth.

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 significant 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 John Roy Continuing Social Studies Service Award will be presented to a 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 Young Professional 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. Evidence of community engagement and to the field of social studies should be evident in materials submitted. To receive this award the nominee must be a current member of NYSCSS in good standing. 

The Benita Jorkasky Outstanding College Educator Memorial Award will be presented to an individual who exemplifies the best in professional social studies education at the college level in New York State. The person should have a significant positive impact on social studies education in this state and possibly at the national level. To receive this award the nominee must be a current member of NYSCSS in good standing.

The Supervisor’s Award will be presented to a supervisor/chairperson/teacher leader who has demonstrated outstanding supervision/leadership at the elementary and/or secondary level. The person nominated must be knowledgeable in social studies content as well as pedagogy and must be able to relate successfully to students and colleagues. The nominee must have been a supervisor, chairperson, or teacher leader for at least five years. Evidence of community engagement and to the field of social studies should be evident in materials submitted. To receive this award the nominee must be a current member of NYSCSS in good standing.

NYSCSS Nomination Procedures

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) are strongly encouraged.

Please note the following Nomination Rules:

  • Nominees must be a member of NYSCSS from July 1 during the year in which they are nominated.
  • The Nomination form MUST be filled out completely.
  • The due date is January 6, 2022 for receipt of nomination packet (nomination form, rationale, resume, and two letters of support). Nominations may be sent by e-mail or postal mail.
  • A recent photograph of the candidate should be available to send via e-mail 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 Board of Directors of NYSCSS. The Board of Directors is responsible for finalizing the decision of the winner of each award.
  • The award winners will receive public recognition at the NYSCSS annual convention. They will be guests of NYSCSS and receive plaques. In addition, award winners will receive a workshop session during the convention to share their award-winning practice with our members.
  • Previous award winners are ineligible for consideration in the award category for which they were previously 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 or her nomination needs to be updated.

AWARDS SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 2022

 


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