American Historical Association: Beveridge Family Teaching Prize
The American Historical Association Beveridge Family Teaching Prize recognizes excellence and innovation in elementary, middle school, and secondary history teaching, including career contributions and specific initiatives.
Maximum Award: $1,500.
Eligibility: K-12 teachers in groups.
Deadline: March 15, 2010.
National Council for the Social Studies: Defense of Academic Freedom Award
The NCSS Defense of Academic Freedom Award is given annually to honor those who have distinguished themselves in defending the principles of academic freedom in specific controversies, in fostering academic freedom through advocacy, and in defending or advocating the freedom to teach and learn.
Maximum Award: $1,500; commemorative gift; Annual Conference session presentation; publicity.
Eligibility: classroom teachers, professionals in other areas of education, students, parents, community groups, and members of other organizations (preference will be given to social studies educators) who are or have been engaged in activities that support academic freedom in the face of personal challenge or promote awareness of and support for academic freedom. The defense or advocacy of academic freedom must have been related to the teaching of social studies.
Deadline: March 21, 2010.
Jenzabar Foundation: Student Leadership Awards
The Jenzabar Foundation Student Leadership Awards will honor 10 student-led campus groups or activities that have made a significant impact serving others through service and philanthropic activities beyond their own higher education institutions. This year, the awards will include a new Social Entrepreneur of the Year category, which will recognize one outstanding leader or organization committed to tackling social issues and promoting social entrepreneurship.
Deadline: March 31, 2010.
National Council for the Social Studies: Teacher of the Year
The NCSS Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Awards recognize exceptional classroom social studies teachers.
Maximum Award: $2,500.
Eligibility: social studies teachers who teach social studies regularly and systematically in elementary school settings or at least half time in middle/junior high and high school settings; NCSS membership required, self-nominations accepted.
Deadline: April 1, 2010.
U.S. Dept. of Education: I Am What I Learn Contest
The Department of Education is asking students to respond to President Obama's challenge to take responsibility for their own learning by creating videos, up to two minutes in length, describing steps they will make to improve their education and the role of education in fulfilling their dreams. Submissions can be video blogs, public service announcements, music videos, or documentaries, and will be voted on by the public.
Maximum Award: $1,000.
Eligibility: students age 13 and older.
Deadline: Students must upload their videos to YouTube by October 8, 2009.
C-SPAN Archives Grants give teachers videotapes from the extensive collection in the C-SPAN Archives for creative proposals that use the network's programming in the classroom or in research projects.
Eligibility: middle and high school teachers and college/university professors.
Maximum award: use of archive tapes.
The Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center offers grants to K-12 classroom teachers for implementing tolerance and youth activism projects in their schools and communities. Proposals from other educators such as community organizations and churches will be considered on the basis of direct student impact.
Proposal deadline: ongoing.