Thursday, March 19, 2015

Applications sought for Earle C. Clements Award

Earle C. Clements
Applications are now sought for the Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award for Civics and History Teachers. The award is presented by The National Archives and the University of Kentucky Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center.

The Clements Award honors the life and career of the late Earle C. Clements and his lifelong commitment to education and public service. Clements’s political career included service as a county sheriff, clerk, and judge; in the state senate and as governor; and in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, where he was a close colleague to Lyndon Baines Johnson. Bess Clements Abell, Clements’s daughter, is a board member of the Foundation for The National Archives, a member of the UK Libraries National Advisory Board, and an alumna of the University of Kentucky.
Three teachers from Kentucky will be selected by an independent review panel for the Clements Award and will receive $1,000 each. The award criteria include the following:

Teacher’s knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the subject and commitment to increasing student awareness of the importance of public service
    • Demonstrates expertise in civics and history content and the ability to share it with students
 Conveys enthusiasm for teaching civics and history and motivates students to learn and achieve
 Employs active learning techniques and inspires students to be informed and active citizens

Impact on Student Success
  Motivates students to achieve high standards
  Initiates critical thinking and fosters informed student discussion
  Promotes academic success and cultivates a love of learning in students of all abilities and backgrounds

Evidence of creativity and innovation
  Improves learning by using creative, original, and effective teaching methods
  Uses technology in innovative ways to improve learning outcomes
  Incorporates primary sources in innovative lessons that improve student achievement

Eligibility: All high school history and civics (social studies) teachers

APPLICATION DEADLINE: postmarked or emailed by April 10, 2015.

Application packets must include the following:

1.      Completed application
2.      Letter from applicant addressing above criteria
3.      Letter of support from principal
4.      Sample assignment
5.      Other supporting materials (may include student letters of support)

Application deadline: April 10, 2015
Award notification by: May 4, 2015
Award ceremony in Lexington: June 2015

Application packets may be sent via mail to:

Clements Award
Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center
Margaret I. King Library
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0039

With questions or for more information write to Deirdre Scaggs, Associate Dean for the Special Collections Research Center and Co-Director of the Ford Center, at (please put “Clements Award” in the subject line).

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