CCSS Awards

Congratulations to the CCSS 2020 Awardees

View this YouTube video about our winners.

Excellence in Social Studies Education, K-8 – Erin Rooney, Hillcrest Middle School, Trumbull (Flipgrid Video)
Excellence in Social Studies Education, 9-12 – Brian Moore, Bullard Havens Technical High School, Bridgeport (Flipgrid Video)
Pre-Service Social Studies Teacher Award – Brenda Fernandes, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), New Haven (Flipgrid Video)
Service Award- Thomas Thurston,Director of Education and Public Outreach at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University (Flipgrid Video)
Bruce Fraser Friend of Social Studies Award – Jason Mancini, Executive Director at Connecticut Humanities and Co-founder of Akomawt Educational Initiative (Flipgrid Video)
Pamela Bellmore Gardner Social Studies Leadership Award – Ian Lowell, Masuk High School, Monroe (Flipgrid Video)

CCSS Awards Flyer

Nominate an outstanding social studies professional: AWARDS 2021  The nominating window for next year’s awards will open soon! 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) – May 1 Deadline – Nomination Form 

Louis Addazio Award (Selection by previous Addazio award recipients)

John Stedman Passion Award – May 1 APPLICATION John H. Stedman Passion Award

Pamela Bellmore Gardner Social Studies Leadership Award – Nomination Form  (You must email two letters of support to complete the nomination process to ctsocialstudies@yahoo.com)

Special Projects Award – Nomination Form

For inquiries email: ctsocialstudies@yahoo.com


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 and Recognition.
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 1, 2021 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.

Nomination Deadline: March 1, 2021 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.

Nomination Deadline: March 1, 2021 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, Gift and Recognition.

Nomination Deadline: May 1, 2021 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. Lifetime CCSS membership.


The John H. Stedman Passion for the Social Studies Teaching 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 unique 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.
  •  To view the application click here

Pamela Bellmore Gardner Social Studies Leadership Award

Purpose: To recognize an administrator who has been supportive of social studies education in elementary, middle, and high school settings.

Criteria

  • Nominations come from teachers; nominators will provide a letter of support, along with an additional letter of support from a social studies colleague.
  • Have supported, developed, or otherwise encouraged innovative social studies instruction.
  • Foster a spirit of inquiry and the development of skills related to social studies education.
  • 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 related to social studies, such as workshops, curriculum development, committees other association or professional activities, etc.
  • Have furthered the interests of social studies teaching and/or social studies interests in Connecticut.

Award Includes

  • Plaque
  • Recognition.

Nomination Deadline: March 1, 2021  Nomination Form  (You must email two letters of support to complete the nomination process.)


Special Projects Award

Purpose: To highlight exceptional social studies projects that engage students in unique, relevant, and inspirational learning activities.

Criteria:

  • Anyone may nominate. Self nominations are accepted.
  • Project impacts elementary, middle or high school students’ learning in the content and skills of social studies in a creative, meaningful, and effective manner.
  • Project is fundamentally collaborative and encourages lifelong learning.
  • Project incorporates innovative and/or verified effective instructional strategies, techniques and technologies.
  • Project is clearly aligned to the Connecticut Social Studies Framework.
  • Project fosters 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.

Award Includes

  • Plaque
  • Recognition at the CCSS Spring Awards Social.
  • Opportunity to present project at CCSS Annual Fall Conference
  • CCSS small projects grant of up to $500

Nomination Deadline: March 1, 2020 Nomination Form


CCSS 2019 Awardees

Excellence in Social Studies Education – Katelyn Tucker, Shelton Intermediate School

Pre-Service Social Studies Teacher Award –  Joseph Grabowski, Central Connecticut State University

Service Award- John Tully and Matt Warshauer, History Department, CCSU

Bruce Fraser Friend of Social Studies Award – Bruce Reinholdt, History is Central, History Day

Pamela Bellmore Gardner Social Studies Leadership Award – Bryan Watson, Bethel Middle School

Special Projects Award – Dennis Culliton, Elisabeth C. Adams,Middle School, Guilford

2018 John Stedman Passion Award – Sara DiGiacomo, Joseph A. Foran High School, Milford

CCSS 2018 Awardees

Excellence in Social Studies Education – Grades K-8 –Carol Fellenstein, O’Connell Elementary School, East Hartford

Excellence in Social Studies Education – Grades 9-12 – Rachel Riendeau, Connecticut Technical Education and Career System

Pre-Service Social Studies Teacher Award – Grades 4-8 – Olivia Traina, Sacred Heart University

Pre-Service Social Studies Teacher Award – Grades 9-12 – Elizabeth Willett, Central Connecticut State University

Bruce Fraser Friend of Social Studies Award – Robert Regan, Jr., Big History Project

2018 John Stedman Passion Award – Nicole Fontaine, Enfield High School

 

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 – Connecticut’s Old State House: Sally Whipple, Brian Cofrancesco and Rebecca Taber-Conover

Louis Addazio Award– David Bosso, Berlin High School

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

 

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