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Nominations sought for nation's best history teacher

New York, NY – The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is looking for nominations for the annual $10,000 National History Teacher of the Year Award, given to the best American history teacher in the United States.

The National History Teacher of the Year is chosen from outstanding history teachers in each state, district, and U.S. territory. The Gilder Lehrman Institute, Preserve America and HISTORY™ (the History Channel) sponsor the award. 

The nomination deadline is February 1, 2011. The 2011 National History Teacher of the Year Award will honor an elementary teacher (Grades K-6). Middle and high school teachers will be honored in 2012. 

Nominations for National History Teacher of the Year can be made by a student, parent, colleague, supervisor (including department head, principal, superintendent, curriculum director), or other education professional familiar with the teacher's work. State winners receive $1,000 and an archive of books and other resources for their school. Each state winner is honored in a ceremony in their home home state. 

To nominate a teacher and learn more about the award, visit www.gilderlehrman.org/nhtoy or contact the Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year coordinator at nhtoy@gilderlehrman.org or 646-366-9666. In Alabama, you may also contact the state coordinator: Carolyn Townsend; Awards, Grants and Scholarship Coordinator; at 334-242-8082 or ctownsend@alsde.edu.

Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization improving and enriching American history education. Gilder Lehrman hosts www.gilderlehrman.org, serving as the gateway to American history online and featuring the quarterly online journal History Now, designed specifically for K-12 teachers and students.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Department of Education

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