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Louis E. Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards

Awards to a New York State Teacher and Citizen for
Holocaust and Human Rights Violations Education

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Awards to a New York teacher and a citizen for their contributions to Holocaust education or other violations of human rights. Eligible nominees for the teacher award are K-12 public or private school teachers for courses taught and activities held within the past five years. The award for a citizen honors Holocaust survivors and scholars of the Holocaust and other human rights issues.

Teaching Award Criteria: The nominee’s work related to the Holocaust and other violations of human rights will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Activities in public and/or nonpublic schools, including courses taught, extracurricular activities for students, school-wide programming, etc. within the last 5 years.
  • Activities outside of school, such as workshops, presentations, exhibits, etc. which have benefited professional associations, higher education institutions, cultural institutions, civic groups, and/or service organizations within the last 5 years.
  • Total number of students, teachers, and others reached through both in school and out of school activities.
  • Impact of work on students, the local community, professionals, and others.

The Louis E. Yavner Citizen Award was established to honor Holocaust survivors, scholars of the Holocaust and human rights issues, and self-taught experts who help to educate students about these difficult topics.

The general criteria for the Citizen Award are:

  • Contributions on a local, regional, and/or statewide basis, to education about the Holocaust and other violations of human rights.
  • Total number of students, teachers, and others reached through the candidate’s work.
  • Impact of candidate’s contributions on others.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Louis E. Yavner Teaching Award recognizes an elementary or secondary, public and nonpublic school teacher in New York State.

State Education Department staff are not eligible for these awards.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submission of nominations is December 15 of each year.

Award winners will be notified the following spring. Their names will remain confidential until the award ceremony at a Board of Regents meeting.

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

All documentation may be submitted electronically to Please Use YAVNER AWARD as the subject.

Printed documentation may be mailed to:

Office of Curriculum & Instruction
Louis E. Yavner Award
New York State Education Department, Room 860 EBA
Albany, NY 12234

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