Beveridge Family Teaching Prize
Established in 1995, this prize honors the Beveridge family’s long-standing commitment to the AHA and K–12 teaching. Friends and family members endowed this award to recognize excellence and innovation in elementary, middle school, and secondary history teaching, including career contributions and specific initiatives. The prize will be awarded on a two-year cycle rotation: in even-numbered years, to a group; in odd-numbered years, to an individual.
The 2014 prize will be awarded to a group, which can be recognized either for excellence in teaching or for an innovative initiative applicable to the entire field.
Each letter of nomination must include the name, address, and e-mail address of an individual in the group that can be contacted. After receipt of this nomination letter, this individual will be contacted and asked to submit the following: CV (no more than three pages) of the primary participants, an essay of no more than five pages in length describing the contribution or product, discussing the achievement or innovation in approach and development, and summarizing the historical scholarship utilized. Up to ten pages of appropriate supporting materials can be included (i.e. letters of support and course materials, excerpts from a text book, or other evidence of contribution).
The prize carries a cash award plus travel expenses to the AHA annual meeting in January 2015 at which it will be awarded.
Only the letter(s) of nomination should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include "Beveridge Family Teaching Prize Nomination" in the subject line.
The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2014.
2013 Beveridge Family Teaching Prize
John Russell, Burlington City High School, NJ
John Russell perfectly exemplifies the qualities of excellence and innovation in teaching recognized by the Beveridge Family Teaching Prize. Whether unpacking a self-crafted, waterlogged chest of artifacts and documents from a sunken whaling ship or creating mock Facebook profiles of historical characters, Russell’s classroom is an ever-changing, yet always student-centered space, where history is analyzed, touched, wrestled with, and questioned. A mentor to students and peers alike, John Russell is a true master teacher.