NYSCSS Awards Nomination Form 

NYS4A Awards Nomination Form 

Award Information and Nomination

NYSCSS Professional Educator Award Descriptions

The Outstanding Social Studies Classroom Teacher Award (Elementary, Middle School, High School)will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional teaching ability at the elementary or middle or high school level and is currently teaching. There will be separate awards for each level.The person nominated must be knowledgeable in social studies content as well as pedagogy and must be able to relate successfully to students at the level for which the nomination is made. The nominee must have taught for at least five years in the award category for which he or she is nominated. 

The Distinguished Social Studies Educator Award will be presented to an individual who exemplifies the best in professional social studies education in New York State. The person should have considerable visibility and a significantly positive impact on social studies education in this state and possibly at the national level. The person’s contributions should be widely known and should be well-documented over a period of five years or more. 

The Continuing Social Studies Service Award will be presented to a NYSCSS member in good standing who has officially filed with their retirement system and who has made and continues to make significant contributions to the success of NYSCSS.

The Susan Wasserman Young Professional Memorial Award will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional teaching potential within the first five years of teaching. The person nominated must be knowledgeable in social studies content as well as pedagogy and must be able to relate successfully to students. 

NYSCSS Nomination Procedures

Nominations may be made by an individual or by an organization such as a local council or school. Letters of support from the local council (if the candidate is a member), colleagues, supervisors, parents and students (where appropriate), along with other forms of documentation such as media articles and sample teaching materials, are strongly urged.

Please note the following Nomination Rules:

  • Nominees must be a member of NYSCSS from July 1 during the year in which they are nominated.
  • The Nomination form MUST be filled out completely.
  • The due date is December 31 for receipt of nomination packet (nomination form, rationale, resume, and two letters of support). Nominations may be sent by e-mail or postal mail.
  • A recent photograph of the candidate should be available to send via e-mail if the candidate is selected as an awards recipient. Award winners’ photographs will appear in the Convention Program.
  • The Awards Committee will make its recommendations to the Executive Committee of NYSCSS. The Executive Committee is responsible for finalizing the decision of the winner of each award.
  • The award winners will receive public recognition at the NYSCSS & NYS4A annual convention. They will be guests of NYSCSS & NYS4A and receive plaques. In addition, award winners will receive a workshop session during the convention to share their award-winning practice with our members.
  • Previous award winners are ineligible for consideration in the award category for which they were previously honored.
  • Previous nominees who did not win in the previous year are eligible for consideration for this year’s awards. Nominations need to be updated.
  • It is the responsibility of the nominator to inform the award candidate if his or her nomination needs to be updated.


E-mail submissions are preferred – please attach the Awards Nomination Form in your e-mail.  Postal mail submissions are also accepted and should include the  completed Nomination Form. Please send your nomination to one of our NYSCSS Award Committee Chairs:

Mary Duffin                                                   David Babikian

111 Lynbrook Circle                                      6002 Route 31

DeWitt, NY 13214                                         Cicero, NY 13039

Phone: (315) 446-9436                               Phone: (315) 439-7887

mduffin2@verizon.net                                dbabikian@outlook.com

 NYS4A Outstanding Social Studies Supervisor Award

An award will be given each year to a supervisor/chairperson who has demonstrated outstanding social studies supervision at the elementary and/or secondary level. The person nominated will be evaluated on the following:

Selection Criteria

The recipient:
1. Is a current member of NYS4A as of July 1 in the year in which they are nominated.
2. Has remained abreast of new developments in social studies.
3. Has incorporated innovative and effective supervisory techniques.
4. Displays a commitment to excellence in social studies education.
5. Fosters professional growth.

Selection Process

1. The Committee, consisting of past winners and chaired by the NYS4A Vice President, will request nominations through the NYS4A and NYSCSS newsletters with an appropriate deadline.
2. The Awards Committee will make a recommendation to the Executive Officers of NYS4A. In the event that no nominations are received, the committee will nominate a candidate to be designated as the winner.
3. An individual may win the award only once.

A recent photograph of the candidate and a resume will be required when the candidate is selected as an award recipient.

The award winner’s photographs will appear in the Convention Program.


1. The winner will be recognized at the Annual Convention.
2. The award will consist of a plaque.

General Directions

1. Please attach a 300-350 word rationale which states why the nominee should be considered for the award. Be sure to address the award criteria.

2. Supporting documentation, such as two letters of support and a resume, is required.

3. The Nomination Form is available above.

All documentation may be sent separately but must be received by December 31. E-mail is preferred.

Send all materials to:

Katherine DeForge, e-mail the nomination form as a PDF to: nys4a_vice-president@nyscss.org.

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