Monday, December 15, 2008

Secretary Handel Opens Submission Period for the Georgia Distinguished Educator of the Year Award

Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust today opened the submission period for Georgia Distinguished Educator of the Year Award. The award is presented to educators who incorporate the Holocaust, character education and diversity in their curriculum.

“The Holocaust was a very important chapter in history. Mixing its lessons with lessons about character education and diversity will help our children understand the threats to freedom we face today,” said Secretary Handel.

Sponsored by the Georgia Power Company, the Distinguished Educator of the Year awards are presented to three educators: one full-time Georgia teacher from the elementary school level (K-5), middle school level (6-8) and high school level (9-12). Educators in public, private, charter, and parochial schools are eligible.

The awards will be presented at the State Capitol of Georgia during the Days of Remembrance Observance on April 24, 2009. Along with this recognition the three educators will receive $1,000 and a plaque to hang in their school.

Teachers must submit an original or adapted lesson plan of rationale, strategies, objectives, materials, procedures, methods of assessment, and impact on students. Each educator is also required to include administrator, peer, parent, and student recommendations. All entries must be postmarked by March 27, 2009 and sent to: Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, Thomas B. Murphy Holocaust Teachers Training & Resource Center, Ingram Library, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia 30118.

“The Commission’s mission initiatives are designed to reinforce the message that understanding, respect, compassion and personal responsibility must always triumph over intolerance, hatred, ruthlessness and apathy. In the spirit of this mission the Commission will honor three Georgia educators who demonstrate excellence and creativity in the development and presentation of lessons in the Holocaust, character education, or diversity,” said Sylvia Wygoda, Executive Director of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust.

For more contest information, please call (404) 370-3056 or visit the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust website at www.holocaust.georgia.gov.
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