Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award

2021 Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award

The North Carolina Council for the Social Studies recognizes exemplary teaching in the field of social studies. Teachers may be nominated by an individual; preferably a principal, supervisor, or fellow teacher, or a group. Self-nominations are also accepted. The Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award is presented at the NCCSS annual state conference held each year.

The winner of the 2021 Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award will be presented an award check for $1000 at the conference luncheon. The winner is encouraged to share his/her expertise and experiences by presenting on a session topic of his/her choice at the 2022 annual conference; if the winner chooses to do so, the NCCSS will also waive the conference fee in 2022.  


The award is presented to a classroom social studies teacher who exceptionally:

  • Demonstrates a broad knowledge of the subject matter, curriculum and standards and uses this knowledge to develop and implement creative, engaging, and effective instructional strategies.

  • Fosters a spirit of interest, inquiry, engagement, and appreciation among students regarding social studies.

  • Fosters the development of democratic beliefs and values, as well as the citizenship skills needed for participation in the classroom, school, and community (such as tolerance, respect, communication, etc.).

  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching social studies, including a caring attitude, a love of learning, and a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people.

  • Demonstrates professional involvement in activities such as workshops, curriculum development, committees, and other associations.


  1. Nominees must be classroom teachers teaching social studies and must be a member of NCCSS at the time of the award.


A completed nomination form; click the Google form link on the Awards page. It must be completed by February 12, 2021. Teachers that are chosen from the initial application process will be contacted and asked to provide: A letter of nomination by the nominator describing the nominee’s exemplary teaching in the field of social studies; The nominee must submit a resume and a brief statement (less than 1 page) of his or her philosophy of teaching social studies; The nominee must submit at least one letter of recommendation from someone highly knowledgeable of the nominee’s teaching ability. Nomination materials are reviewed by the NCCSS Awards Selection Committee.

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