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Award for Global Understanding Given in Honor of James M. Becker

Award to a USA, Canada or International Teacher for
Outstanding Work in Social Studies Education

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National Council for the Social Studies

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Award of $2,000 to a USA, Canada or International funding source member social studies teacher or team of educators in recognition of outstanding contributions to social studies learning and understanding. Nominees must demonstrate how they excel in teaching social studies for global understanding in the criteria listed below:

-Teaching includes several elements of global education, such as global interdependence, multiple perspectives, global systems, cultural universals and cultural differences, perspective consciousness, global issues, global history, local or global connections, appreciation of diverse cultures within the local community, nation, and world, as well as any other recommendations listed on the NCSS Position Statement defining Global Education.

-Infuses primary and secondary sources (websites, documents, media, literature, people, etc.,) from other world regions into instruction to counter stereotypes, exotica, misinformation, or lack of knowledge.

-Makes use of current scholarship from history, the social sciences, or other appropriate fields so that students learn up to date information on historical scholarship and/or cultural, political, economic, technological, or environmental changes across the planet.

-Facilitates students' cross-cultural experiences that allow them to meet and work together with people different from themselves, increase their intercultural skills, and develop appreciation and interest in diverse cultures.

-Develops curricula and assessments and uses technology in ways that integrate world-mindedness with active learning, a spirit of inquiry, and the development of critical thinking skills.

-Is professionally involved in global education through activities such as sharing expertise in workshops or professional meetings, political action, research, global education projects in the local community or state, online projects, curriculum development committees, publications, association activities, etc.

-Uses NCSS Standards and C3 Framework concepts.

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GrantWatch ID#: 140399

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The award includes a $2,000 cash award, a session to present at the NCSS annual conference; complimentary NCSS conference registration; and up to $700 in transportation and lodging reimbursement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominees must be social studies educators who are affecting the global understanding of P-12 students.

Nominees must be NCSS members at the time of nomination. More information regarding membership may be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

Anyone may nominate.

Each nominee or applicant will be responsible for gathering and submitting all required materials by the assigned due date. Failure to submit all materials by the deadline will disqualify the nominee/applicant for the current award cycle.

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Nominees must agree to be available to present their work at the NCSS Annual Conference and via webinar or other outreach means if selected as the recipient of the award.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Susan Griffin, Executive Director

National Council for the Social Studies
8555 Sixteenth Street
Suite 500
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

P: 301 588-1800
F: 301 588-2049

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