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Awards to USA K-12 Teachers for Outstanding American Government & Policy Education

American Civic Education Teacher Awards


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Funding Source
Center for Civic Education, Center on Congress at Indiana University, and National Education Association
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Important Dates
Deadline: 04/15/15 Postmarked Save

Grant Description
Awards to USA K-12 classroom teachers who demonstrate special expertise in teaching about the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Congress, and public policy. This program showcases teachers who have demonstrated a special expertise in preparing young people to become informed and engaged citizens.

ACETA aims to pay tribute to elementary and secondary school teachers representing  the teaching of civic education for democracy, whether or not it is in separate civics or government classes,  the diverse populations of today’s schools, and  each geographic region of the United States.

Additional consideration is given to teachers of students in the following categories:  ethnic and racial minorities, recent immigrants, disabled and special education, gifted and talented, and juvenile justice.

A criterion for deliberation is to recognize teachers representing diverse geographic regions of the United States, including teachers from rural, suburban, and urban areas.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
-Applicants must be full-time classroom teachers of grades K–12.

-Substitute teachers and part-time teachers are not eligible. 

-Applicants must plan to teach full time during the 2015–2016 academic year. 

-Applicants must be United States citizens or foreign nationals residing in the United States or its territories. 

-Employees of the Center for Civic Education, the Center on Congress, and the National Education Association and their immediate families are not eligible. 

Pre-Application Information
Letters of recommendation and the applicant’s own statement should provide evidence of the teacher’s strong command of the subject or subjects taught and his or her ability to communicate this knowledge in ways that contribute to students’ civic knowledge, intellectual and participatory skills, and civic dispositions. Evidence of the teacher’s contributions to the development of civic virtue in his or her students should also be provided.

Applications should be submitted to one of the three sponsoring organizations:

American Civic Education Teacher Awards
Center for Civic Education
5115 Douglas Fir Rd., Suite J
Calabasas, CA 91302

American Civic Education Teacher Awards
Center on Congress at Indiana University
1315 E. Tenth Street, Suite 320
Bloomington, IN 47405

American Civic Education Teacher Awards
c/o Jennifer Locke
Teacher Quality Department
National Education Association
1201 16th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

In May, three outstanding teachers will be selected and the announcement will be made. By June 15, 2015, the winning teachers will provide a five- to six-minute video that will be posted online on the websites of the Center for Civic Education, the Center on Congress, and the National Education Association.

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Contact Information
American Civic Education Teacher Awards
Tel: 818-591-9321
Toll Free: 800-350-4223
Fax: 818-591-9330

Jennifer Locke
National Education Association

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