THE CIVIL RIGHTS/CIVIL LIBERTIES EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD
The Civil Rights/Civil Liberties: Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes and honors the accomplishments of a Wisconsin social studies educator in the area of Civil Rights/Civil Liberties. Nominees inspire students to be fully informed about their Civil Rights and Civil Liberties assured by the Constitution. This teacher is someone who inspires students to take informed action when they see injustices and to be a responsible contributing member of our democracy. This award serves to honor a person who is striving to continue their work advancing civil rights and civil liberties. The recipient will be recognized at the annual Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Conference.
Nominations for The Civil Rights/ Civil Liberties Excellence in teaching award are now open! Nomination Forms can be completed HERE. Nominations are due December 31, 2022.
The educator has made a significant effort to teach the concept of justice in a creative, inspiring way. This might include, but not be limited to, teaching about civil liberties, human rights, international justice, the Holocaust, genocide studies, and local issues of justice.
- For example, nominees may design a special lesson, course of study, create a school or district project, or lead their students in some way to promote civil rights or civil liberties.
- Close attention will be focused on applicants who possess the ability to expose injustice while at the same time inspire their students to repair the world through justice, service, or advocacy.
- The award winner will be asked to receive the award in person and give a short acceptance speech of 2-3 minutes on what the award means to them. The presentation will take place during the luncheon at the annual Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Conference.
- Minimum of 3 years teaching experience
- If an elementary teacher, the applicant must be currently teaching Social Studies
- If a secondary teacher, the applicant must teach Social Studies for the majority of the day
- Will continue to teach a minimum of one year after receiving the award
- Be employed in good standing by a school district or private school located in Wisconsin
- Anyone may nominate an applicant, including self-nominations.
- At least one letter supporting the nomination must be submitted. (For self-nominations, there must be an accompanying letter of recommendation from another source).
- It should be noted that the award is not designated as a “lifetime achievement award,” but one that recognizes great teaching by any nominee with a minimum of three years’ experience
Deadline for completed applications is January 31, 2024.
The winner will be notified in early February 2023.
Click here to see past recipients