Nominations Sought for Maryland History Teacher of the Year

Nominations Sought for Maryland History Teacher of the Year

Baltimore, Maryland (February 2, 2009): The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is seeking nominations for the annual Maryland History Teacher of the Year Award.
The Maryland winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will be in the running for the National History Teacher of the Year award to be selected this fall. His or her school library will receive a core archive of history books and materials.
The History Teacher of the Year Award is designed to promote and celebrate the teaching of American history in classrooms across the United States. It honors one outstanding teacher of American history from each state and U.S. territory and the Department of Defense schools. This year, only elementary teachers are eligible for nomination.
The nomination deadline is March 31, 2009. For more information, contact Donna Olszewski, state coordinator for the award, at 410-767-0317 or lolszewski@comcast.net.
The selection of the state winner is based upon several criteria, including: experience in teaching American history for at least three years; a deep career commitment to teaching American history; evidence of creativity and imagination in the classroom; and close attention to documents, artifacts, historic sites, and the other primary materials of history.
Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and love of American history. The Institute serves teachers, students, scholars, and the general public. It helps create history-centered schools, organizes seminars and programs for educators, produces print and electronic publications and traveling exhibitions, sponsors lectures by eminent historians, and administers a History Teacher of the Year Award in every state. The Institute also conducts awards including the Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and George Washington Book Prizes, and offers fellowships for scholars to work in the Gilder Lehrman Collection. The Institute maintains two websites, www.gilderlehrman.org and the quarterly online journal www.historynow.org.