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Outstanding Educator Awards

Awards to Tennessee Teachers and Librarians
for Outstanding Humanities Education

GrantWatch ID#: 177008
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Humanities Tennessee


01/31/17 Postmarked

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Awards of $3,500 to Tennessee teachers and librarians to recognize outstanding contributions to humanities education for students in grades 3-12. Draft nominations will be accepted through December 31. One of the awards granted during this cycle will be reserved for a school librarian who teaches humanities content.

Each award recipient will receive a $2,000 fellowship to further their professional development in the humanities. The award recipient's school will also receive a $1,500 grant to be used for the purchase of humanities instructional materials or student humanities projects.

In addition to being skillful and dedicated teachers who possess an expansive and in-depth knowledge of the humanities subject they teach, nominees should have the respect of students, parents and co-workers, as well as a record of active involvement in community activities and professional organizations, particularly those activities and organizations which involve promoting an understanding of the humanities.

Fellowship Funds Can Be Used:

-To cover tuition, travel and living expenses for attending humanities workshops, seminars, and conferences;

-To cover tuition, travel and living expenses for graduate course work in the humanities, if the usefulness of the graduate work is clearly shown;

-To cover expenses for individual research projects in the humanities. This might involve using funds in support of living and travel expenses for conducting research in the special collections of libraries, museums, institutes, colleges and universities;

-In support of travel and living expenses for an individual learning plan in the humanities. This might involve travel to a variety of museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions, either in the United States or abroad, which would be of direct benefit to improving the teacher's knowledge of the humanities subjects he or she teaches. (This option requires inclusion of a plan of study and a statement of how travel will promote education in the humanities.)

Grant Funds Can be Used For:

-The purchase of humanities instructional materials (specifically, books and films);

-School humanities projects (ie: oral histories, school-wide research projects, lecture series).

Up to 6

Winners receive a $2,000 fellowship, and their school receives a $1,500 grant.

Teachers of English, foreign language, history and social studies are eligible, as are teachers of art, drama and music, provided they employ a solid humanities approach to these subjects through emphasis on the history, theory, and criticism of the arts. In 2016, one award will be reserved for an outstanding school librarian who teaches humanities content.

Nominee Qualifications:

-Nominees must be full-time public or private 3rd -12th grade school teachers in Tennessee.

-Teachers of English, foreign languages, history, social studies, and school librarians are eligible for nomination. Teachers of art, drama, and music are eligible for nomination if they emphasize the history, criticism, and theory of the arts.

-Nominees should be exceptionally skillful and dedicated teachers who possess an expansive and profound knowledge of the humanities subject(s) they teach.

-Nominees should have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and co-workers.

-Nominees should have a record of active involvement in community activities and professional organizations, particularly those activities and organizations that involve promoting an understanding and use of the humanities.

-Previous award winners are ineligible to apply for the award again.

Funds cannot Be Used:
-In support of dissertation credit hours;
-To support the publication of books, monographs, and booklets resulting from research;
-To support education in disciplines other than the humanitiesl
-For the purchase of equipment including audio/visual, computers, and other equipment not deemed necessary in carrying out humanities programming;
-For school projects in an academic discipline other than the humanities (i.e.: plays, art shows, music concerts etc).

Nomination Regulations:

Anyone can nominate a teacher for an Outstanding Educator Award, including but not limited to students, parents, teachers, and educational administrators

Four letters of recommendation are required with the nomination:

1) One from a former student of the nominee;
2) One from a parent or other resident of the community where the nominee teaches who is informed about the nominee's teaching methods and experience;
3) One from a supervisory official (principal, supervisor of instruction, or superintendent);
4) One from a fellow teacher.

The deadline to submit a draft nomination is December 31, 2016. The Final Submission deadline is January 31, 2017. Draft Nominations are strongly encouraged.

Award recipients will be announced in April 2017, and fellowship funds will be available in May 2017.

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

Paul McCoy, Program Officer

Mail nominations to:

Outstanding Educator Award
Humanities Tennessee
807 Main Street, Suite B
Nashville, Tennessee 37206

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