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2018 Outstanding Teaching Award Application

Congratulations on your nomination for a 2018 Humanities Texas Outstanding Teaching Award!

2018 Award Program

In 2018, Humanities Texas will present a total of fifteen Outstanding Teaching Awards to exceptional Texas teachers.

  • Twelve teachers across the state will be selected to receive the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award. From among those twelve, the top candidate will receive the James F. Veninga Outstanding Teaching of Humanities Award, an award established to honor James F. Veninga, Humanities Texas Executive Director Emeritus, for his twenty-three years of extraordinary contributions to the state council and to the public humanities in Texas and the U.S.
  • One Texas history teacher will be selected to receive the Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award, an award established in memory of Ms. Howell, former chair of the Humanities Texas Board of Directors, as a lasting tribute to her service to the organization and her commitment to the study of Texas history.
  • Two teachers will be selected for the Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching. This award recognizes exemplary contributions of early-career humanities teachers in Texas elementary, middle, and high schools who have completed three or fewer years of teaching.

Recipients in all three award categories will receive $5,000, with an additional $500 for their schools to purchase humanities-based instructional materials.

Eligibility

  • Nominees must be full-time teachers in Texas public or private schools.
  • Teachers of English and language arts, foreign languages, history, and social studies are eligible for the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Awards. Teachers of art, drama, and music are also eligible if they emphasize the history, criticism, and theory of the arts.
  • Only teachers of Texas history courses are eligible for the Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award.
  • Nominees for the Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching must be full-time humanities teachers in Texas public or private schools who have three or fewer years of classroom experience. Teachers of English and language arts, foreign languages, history, and social studies are eligible for this award, as are teachers of art, drama, and music if they emphasize the history, criticism, and theory of the arts.
  • Nominees should be skillful and dedicated teachers who possess an expansive and profound knowledge of the humanities subject(s) they teach. Nominees should also have a record of active involvement in community activities and professional organizations, particularly those that promote the humanities.
  • Previous Humanities Texas award winners are ineligible to apply.

Criteria

In evaluating your application, special consideration will be given to:

  • Innovation and creativity in teaching methods and classroom activities
  • Proven success in engaging students in the humanities
  • Involvement in professional and community activities
  • Dedication and commitment to the education profession
  • Demonstrated influence on other teachers

Deadline

To be considered for an award, please complete all sections of the online application by Friday, February 9, 2018.

Questions

Call 512.440.1991 or email ota@humanitiestexas.org with any questions about the Outstanding Teaching Awards.

Additional Information

Humanities Texas sponsors the Outstanding Teaching Awards program with continuing financial support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support for the Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award program comes from contributions to the Linden Heck Howell Memorial Fund.

Registration

Indicate the award for which you are applying:
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Contact Information

School Information

Education History

Please list all degrees earned, starting with the most recent.

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Current Employment

Please fill out the following information related to your current teaching position.

Total Years Teaching, including this year. E.g., if this year is your fifth year of teaching, enter the number 5. Round to the nearest whole year (e.g., 7 not 6.5).

Teaching History

Please list up to three previous teaching positions.

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Professional and Community Activities

Please list up to four activities most significant for this award application. Please list most recent activities first.

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Honors and Awards

Please list up to four honors or awards most significant for this award application. Please list most recent awards first.

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Essays

Please answer the following questions in the space provided.

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Letters of Recommendation

Please attach at least one and no more than three letters of recommendation. Your nominator is eligible to write a letter. Advise each recommender that his or her letter will form a crucial component of your award application. Effective letters provide specific details regarding your accomplishments as a teacher of the humanities.

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