Beveridge Family Teaching Prize Recipients
Established in 1995, the Beveridge Family Teaching Prize honors the Beveridge family's long-standing commitment to the AHA and to K-12 teaching. Friends and family members endowed this award to recognize excellence and innovation in elementary, middle, and secondary-school history teaching, including career contributions and specific initiatives. The individual can be recognized either for individual excellence in teaching or for an innovative initiative applicable to the entire field. The prize is awarded on a two-year rotation—to an individual in odd-numbered years and to a group in even-numbered years.
2016 Beveridge Family Teaching Prize
Craig Blackman, on behalf of Indian River High School
Craig Blackman’s student-centered local civil rights history project demonstrates excellence and innovation because, among other things, it brought students and the community together. Blackman mastered something that many K–12 social studies teachers struggle to achieve: he “brought history to life.” Researching and chronicling the “Norfolk 17,” Blackman engaged young learners in the traditional art of historical detection and facilitated the creation of a community-based learning lab where students studied the civil rights movement.