COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 10

March 15, 2005

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE/SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

FROM:

Linda M. Wallinger

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT:

Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award

The Virginia Department of Education, in cooperation with the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History, announces the second annual Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award. This award will honor exceptional teachers of American history across the country. One finalist from each state, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories will be selected annually. From these finalists, a national winner will be recognized as the National Preserve America History Teacher of the Year.

Any full-time K-12 teacher who teaches American history as his or her primary subject and has demonstrated excellence according to the criteria governing the award is eligible for nomination. Winners will be selected based on the following criteria:

Nominations may be made by a department or division head, a division superintendent, or a principal, and must include:

Please submit an original and four copies of written materials.

Nominations should be submitted to the following address no later than April 22, 2005:

Betsy S. Barton
Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120

Each state winner will receive a cash award of $1,000 and a plaque honoring the individual as the History Teacher of the Year. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History will present the winners school with an archive of primary historical materials in honor of the state winner.

Winners will be selected by a panel of distinguished history educators under the supervision of Preserve America and the Gilder Lehrman Institute. The program is conducted in cooperation with the National Council for History Education, the History Channel, and the Organization of American Historians.

For additional information, please contact Betsy Barton (Betsy.Barton@doe.virginia.gov), history and social science specialist, at (804) 225-3454.

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