CCSS Awards

Nominate an outstanding social studies professional:.

Nominations due January 15, 2018.

AWARDS 2018 – Read descriptions below for the following awards:
Excellence in Social Studies Education (Two Awards: Grades K-8 & Grades 9-12) – Nomination Form
Bruce Fraser Friend of Social Studies Award – Nomination Form
CCSS Service Award  – Nomination Form
Pre-Service Teacher Award (Two Awards: Grades 4-8 & Grades 9-12) –  Nomination Form
Louis Addazio Award (Selection by previous Addazio award recipients)
John Stedman Passion Award – Nomination form available soon.

For inquiries email: ctsocialstudies@yahoo.com

CCSS 2017 Awardees

Excellence in Social Studies Education, K-8 – Alana Crosby, Torrington Middle School

Excellence in Social Studies Education, 9-12 – Monica Blackman-Smith, James Hillhouse High School

Bruce Fraser Award – Elizabeth Normen, Connecticut Explored

Service Award Excellence K-8 – Connecticut’s Old State House: Sally Whipple, Brian Cofrancesco and Rebecca Tabor-Conover

Louis Addazio Award– David Bosso, Berlin High School

John Stedman Passion Award – Federico Fiondella, North Haven High School


Excellence in Social Studies Education

Two Award Categories: (Grades 9-12) and (Grades K-8)

Purpose:
To recognize exceptional classroom social studies teachers who teach social studies in elementary, middle or junior high, and high school settings.

Criteria:

  • Anyone may nominate. Self nominations are accepted.
  • Develop and/or use instructional materials creatively and effectively.
  • Incorporate innovative and/or verified effective instructional strategies, techniques and technologies.
  • Utilize new scholarship from history, the social sciences, or other appropriate fields.
  • Foster a spirit of inquiry and the development of skills related to acquiring, organizing and using information to make decisions related to both domestic and international matters.
  • Foster the development of democratic beliefs and values and the skills needed for citizen participation appropriate to students’ grade level in classroom, school, and community settings.
  • Show professional involvement in activities such as workshops, curriculum development, committees other association or professional activities, etc.

Award includes:
1 year membership for CCSS and NCSS
Plaque
Recognition at CCSS Annual Spring Dinner (Complimentary dinner for awardee and guest).
Nominees will be contacted to provide a letter of introduction, resume and unit lesson plan.
Awardees will be eligible to apply for the  NCSS Outstanding Social Studies Teacher Award. Read more…
Nomination Deadline: March 1st Nomination Form


Bruce Fraser Friend of Social Studies Award

Criteria:

  • Anyone may nominate. Self nominations are accepted.
  • Be supportive of Social Studies.
  • Have furthered the interests of social studies teaching and/or social studies interests in Connecticut.
  • Exhibit conscientious interest and involvement.
  • Non teaching professional, dedicated to the promotion of Social Studies education.

Award: Gift and Recognition at CCSS Annual Spring Dinner (Complimentary dinner for awardee and guest).

 Nomination Deadline: Nomination Deadline: March 1st Nomination Form


CCSS Service Award

Criteria:

  • Anyone may nominate.
  • Teaching, non-teaching or retired teaching professional.
  • Dedicated, continuous service to further the goals of the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies.

Award: Gift and Recognition at CCSS Annual Spring Dinner (Complimentary dinner for awardee and guest).
Nomination Deadline: Nomination Deadline:  March 1st Nomination Form


Pre-Service Excellence in Social Studies Education

Two Award Categories: (Grades 9-12) and (Grades 4 -8)

The Connecticut Council for the Social Studies is proud to sponsor the Pre-Service Excellence in Social Studies Education Award to honor outstanding pre-service social studies teachers.

To be eligible the nominee must have completed student teaching or is currently student teaching in history/social studies.

Criteria:
This award is given to a student who has demonstrated:
• excellence in work with children/students in field sites,
• standards-based lesson planning promoting social studies inquiry/discourse,
• leadership in professional activities,
• scholastic perseverance and excellence (grade point average of at least 3.25).

Nomination process:
• University/college faculty recommendation and/or
• Cooperating teacher(s) and/or school department head/administrator recommendation(s)

Nominees will be contacted to provide a letter of introduction, resume and unit lesson plan.

Award includes: 1 year membership for CCSS, Plaque and Recognition at CCSS Annual Spring Dinner (Complimentary dinner for awardee and guest).

Nomination Deadline: March 1st Nomination Form


Louis Addazio Award

Criteria: Nomination only by committee of past-Addazio awardee recipients.

  • Have served for a minimum of 15 years in the field of social studies as a teacher and/or supervisor.
  • Be or have been during his/her professional career a member of a professional social studies organizations.

Qualify in six of the following categories:
1. Present or past office holder in district, state, or national professional organization.
2. Chairperson of a committee in district, state or national professional organization.
3. Committee member of a district, state, or national professional organization.
4. Active participation in civic organizations.
5. Publications in the field of social studies.
6. Lectures and papers presented to professional and non professional groups.
7. Research in the field of social studies.
8. Involvement in experimental/exemplary programs.
9. Any other contributions in the field of social studies not herein listed.

Award: Plaque and Recognition at CCSS Annual Spring Dinner. Complimentary dinner for awardee and guest. Fall conference registration & luncheon. Lifetime CCSS membership.


The John H. Stedman Passion for the Social StudiesTeaching Award

The John H. Stedman Passion for the Social Studies Teaching Award is an annual award given by the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies (CCSS) in honor of the late John H. Stedman, a long-time member of CCSS, a distinguished teacher, and an all around great human-being. John is remembered by his students, colleagues, and friends as a person with incredible talent, humor, and an unsurpassed passion for teaching not only social studies, but life’s lessons. It is with these traits in mind that CCSS invites nominations for a teaching award in honor of John. This award is special in that nominations may come only from students.

The guidelines are as follows:

  • Nominations are for social studies teachers, grades 6-12.
  • Nominations may come from individual students or groups of students.
  • Students must fill out a nomination form and include a one-page letter explaining why they believe their social studies teacher is deserving of the John Stedman Award. (If a group of students is joining together for a nomination, each may write a one-page supporting letter. Letters that are more than one-page will not be considered.)
  • The Award will be determined based solely on letters from students, so write well and convince CCSS that your teacher is someone special in the classroom and out.
  • Nominations are open from March through May 1.
  • The Award will be announced in early May and the winner honored at the CCSS annual dinner in May.
  • Nomination information will be available soon.

2016 CCSS Award Winners

Pre-Service – Christina de Vecchis (University of Connecticut)

Excellence K-8 – Laura Krenicki (William J. Johnston Middle School)

Excellence 9-12 – William Casertano (Ledyard High School

Bruce Fraser: – Christine Jewell (Fairfield Museum and History Center) – Liz Shapiro (Connecticut League of History Organizations) – Carolyn Ivanoff (Shelton Intermediate School)

Stedman – William Vincent (Cornwall Consolidated School)

2015 CCSS Award Winners

CCSS 2015 Award Winners

CCSS 2015 Award Winners

Pictured from right to left: Excellence in Social Studies Education (9-12) – Kerry Hartley (Canton High School); Pre-Service Teacher Award (9-12) – Gabe Benjamin (Central Connecticut State University; Pre-Service Teacher Award (K-8) – Andrew Didden (University of Connecticut); Excellence in Social Studies Education (K-8) – Heather Banas (Manchester High School); Addazio Award – Maxwell Amoh, Treasurer CCSS

 

 

 

Joe Courtney-Bruce Fraser Friend of Social Studies Award

Joe Courtney-Bruce Fraser Friend of Social Studies Award Representative Joe Courtney, U.S. Congress, District 2CCSS Service Award –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Awards

2015 Awards

CCSS Service Award – Representative Gregg Haddad, CT State, 54th Assembly District