Humanities Texas is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for our 2012–2013 Outstanding Teaching Awards! Each year, Humanities Texas presents awards recognizing and encouraging excellence in teaching the humanities in Texas schools.
This year, Humanities Texas will present a total of fifteen awards. Twelve teachers across the state will be selected to receive theOutstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award.
One Texas history teacher will be selected to receive the Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award, an award established in memory of Ms. Howell, former chair of the Humanities Texas Board of Directors, as a lasting tribute to her service to the organization and her commitment to the study of Texas history.
Two additional teachers will be selected for the new Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching. This award recognizes exemplary contributions of early-career humanities teachers in Texas elementary, middle, and high schools who have completed three or fewer years of teaching.
Recipients for all distinguished awards will receive $5,000, with an additional $500 for their schools to purchase instructional materials.
Nominees for the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award must be full-time Texas teachers of such humanities subjects as history and social studies, literature and language arts, government, world cultures, or any foreign language. Teachers of art, drama, and music are also eligible if they emphasize the history, criticism, and theory of the arts in their instruction.
Only teachers of courses in Texas history are eligible for the Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award.
Nominees for the Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching must be full-time teachers in Texas public or private schools who have three or fewer years of classroom experience. Teachers of English and language arts, foreign languages, history, and social studies are eligible for this award, as are teachers of art, drama, and music are also eligible if they emphasize the history, criticism, and theory of the arts in their instruction.
Nominees should be skillful and dedicated teachers who possess an expansive and profound knowledge of the humanities subject(s) they teach. Nominees should also have a record of active involvement in community activities and professional organizations, particularly those that promote the humanities. Previous award recipients are ineligible to apply.
HOW TO NOMINATE A TEACHER
Please complete a nomination form and return it to Humanities Texas by Wednesday, December 12, 2012. The nomination form and instructions can be found online at http://humanitiestexas.org/
Humanities Texas will contact each nominated teacher with instructions on how to apply for the award. Applications will be due in mid-February. Winners will be announced in the spring of 2013.
Please direct any questions about the awards to Liz James at 512.440.1991 or