Preserve America Award

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is seeking nominations for the annual $10,000 Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award, given to the best middle or high school history teacher in the United States. The Preserve America History Teacher of the Year is chosen from outstanding history teachers in each state, district, and U.S. territory. The award is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute, Preserve America, and HISTORY™ (the History Channel).

One winner will be chosen from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Schools, and U.S. Territories. State winners receive $1,000 and an archive of books and other resources for their school. Each winner is honored in a ceremony in his or her home state.

In 2010, the Gilder Lehrman Institute will honor a middle or high school teacher of grades seven through twelve. K-6 teachers are honored every other year.

Teachers are selected based on several criteria, including: at least three years of classroom experience in teaching American history; a deep career commitment to teaching American history, which includes local and state history; evidence of creativity and imagination in the classroom that address literacy and content beyond state standards; close attention to primary documents, artifacts, historic sites, and other primary materials of history, including oral history; and evidence of thoughtful assessment of student achievement.

To nominate a teacher and learn more about the award, visit www.gilderlehrman.org/htoy.html or contact the Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year coordinator at htoy@gilderlehrman.org or 646-366-9666. You may also contact your state coordinator: contact Judy Brodigan, 3401 Stonecrest Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051 or email judybrodigan@hotmail.com.

The nomination deadline is March 15.

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization improving and enriching American history education through a wide range of programs and resources for students, teachers, scholars, and history enthusiasts throughout the nation. Gilder Lehrman creates and works closely with history-focused schools; organizes summer seminars and development programs for teachers; produces print and digital publications and traveling exhibitions; hosts lectures by eminent historians; administers a History Teacher of the Year Award in every state and U.S. territory; and offers national book prizes and fellowships for scholars to work in the Gilder Lehrman Collection as well as other renowned archives. Gilder Lehrman hosts www.gilderlehrman.org, serving as the gateway to American history online and featuring the quarterly online journal History Now, designed specifically for K-12 teachers and students.