the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance was founded to encourage the teaching of New Jersey Studies and to help teachers more effectively and comprehensively present the study of the state to their students. In the spring of 1999, the Alliance launched awards to recognize innovation and creativity in the teaching of New Jersey studies at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels.
Nominations for the award may come from anyone familiar with the nominee’s work, or a nominee may nominate themselves. In either case, the submission should include a letter of support from a supervisor or fellow teacher. An MS Word attachment must be submitted that meets the criteria listed below.
Nominations should be submitted by email to Dr. Michele Rotunda, Chair of the Teaching Award Committee of the New Jersey Studies Alliance, at the following address: [email protected]. If you have any questions about the award, please contact the President.
The application deadline is April 1. The awards will be presented at the New Jersey History Forum in November. Recipients will have their honors made public for recognition within the teaching community and beyond.
Candidates for this award must meet the following criteria:
- Applicant must be teaching at a school in New Jersey at the time of nomination
- If K-12, show how the project meets state core curriculum standards
- Submit a written description of the plan indicating the objectives, materials, and evidence of how student performance was assessed
- Provide evidence of creative use of materials or methods in the classroom
Note: Eligible submissions must address some aspect of New Jersey studies. All disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must be willing to share the plan with other teachers. (The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance may distribute the winning project through print or electronic media – winners will receive full credit).
A few examples are listed below, but the nominations are not limited to these:
- Oral history projects
- Student use of primary sources (including: historical sites, artifacts, written or printed sources, etc.)
- Three-dimensional projects
- Projects that study the diversity of the state
- Studies focusing on the environment or geography of NJ
- Interdisciplinary programs, especially those that go beyond social studies (these may be collaborative efforts across disciplines or beyond the academic setting).
- Development of technological programs for the classroom.