Iowa Council for the Social Studies

ICSS Awards Guidelines and Deadlines
Click the link following each description to apply.  If you wish to apply for more than one award, you need to complete each application individually.


The Civil Rights/Civil Liberties: Excellence in Teaching Award
Sponsored by Nystrom Education

The Civil Rights/Civil Liberties: Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes and honors the accomplishments of an Iowa social studies educator in the area of Civil Rights/Civil Liberties. Nominees inspire students to be fully informed about their Civil Rights and Civil Liberties assured by the Constitution. This teacher is someone who inspires students to take informed action when they see injustices and to be a responsible contributing member of our democracy. This award serves to honor a person who is striving to continue their work advancing civil rights and civil liberties. The recipient will be recognized at the annual Iowa Council for Social Studies Educators Conference. Applications must be completed no later than May 31st. 

Awardยท $250 cash award and award from Nystrom Education and recognition at the Iowa Council for Social Studies Educators Conference Luncheon

Iowa Social Studies Teacher of the Year 

Joel Rankin, 2015 Teacher of the Year 

Recipients of the Iowa Social Studies Teacher of the Year award will be recognized with an award and a one-year paid membership to the National Council for the Social Studies and the Iowa Council for the Social Studies.  Winners also have the option to be nominated for the NCSS Teacher of the Year Award.  The applicant must be a member of ICSS with over three years of experience and currently under contract within the State of Iowa.  Categories include elementary, middle, and high school teacher of the year.  Applications include a resume and a letter of recommendation from the teacher’s principal or superintendent. Recipients of this award are encouraged to lead a session at the fall conference. Applications must be completed no later than May 31st. 


Clair Keller Development Instructional Project Grant  
The Clair Keller Development Instructional Project Grant applicant must submit a project proposal on line, including the main purpose of the project, objectives, schedule for completion, and how it will improve Social Studies instruction, with a cover page with the applicant’s name, school, and address.  The applicant must be a member of ICSS.  The Clair Keller Development Instructional Project Grant winners receive a grant of $250. The winner must also present at the next ICSS fall conference.  Applications must be completed no later than May 31st. 


Don Fett Social Studies Instruction Award
About Don Fett
The Iowa Council for the Social Studies will give a $100 cash award to K-12 teachers for submitting an exemplary lesson plan that they have created.  This lesson plan must reflect current trends in social studies education and be an original approach to the teaching of any social studies discipline.  Be sure to explain why your lesson plan should be selected.  A cover page must also be included with the lesson plan.  Winner(s) of this award must present their lesson plan at the fall conference of the Iowa Council for the Social Studies.  Applications must be completed no later than May 31st.

Helen Finken Award  
About Helen Finken
This award recognizes teachers in their first three years of teaching Social Studies, who have demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence in Social Studies Education. This award is given in memory of Helen Finken, an outstanding teacher and long time member and officer of ICSS. Nominees must have three or fewer years of teaching experience.  They must submit two lesson plans and examples of Iowa Teaching Standard #8.  They must be a member of ICSS. Recipients will be required to lead a session at the conference at which they receive the award. Recipients receive an award and registration for the conference at which they will receive the award, plus ICSS and NCSS membership for one year.  Applications must be completed no later than May 31st.

John Haefner Award   
Individuals who are eligible for the John Haefner Award must be recommended by a member of the Iowa Council for the Social Studies to the Executive Director and the President of the Council.  Professionals selected for the award must have promoted better teaching in social studies by participating in the professional workshops and conferences at both the state and national levels. The nominee is not to be informed that they have been nominated or are to receive the award.  The essence of this award is recognition by the recipient’s peers for outstanding teaching, continuous learning and/or service to the social studies education profession.  The Executive Board will evaluate the applications and the recipient of the award will be announced at the annual conference luncheon.  The recipient of this award will receive a plaque from the Iowa Council for the Social Studies signifying his/her selection.  Applications must be completed no later than May 31st.


For more information, contact awards chair:
Kimberly Heckart
401 76th Ave SW 
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
icssonline@gmail.com
319-848-5100

**All award winners will be notified by July 1 and will receive their award at the Fall Conference**


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