2018 NJSAA Teaching Awards

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The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance was founded to encourage the teaching of New Jersey studies and to help teachers to more efficiently and thoroughly present the study of the state to their students. In the spring of 1999 the Alliance first initiated awards to recognize innovation and creativity in teaching New Jersey studies on the elementary, middle, secondary, and college level. Nominations are now being opened for recipients of the 19th Annual Teaching Awards in New Jersey Studies.


Nominations for the award may come from anyone who has knowledge of the candidate's work and should include a letter supporting the candidate; or, a candidate may self-nominate.  In the latter case, the submission should include a letter of support from a supervisor or teaching colleague. An MS Word attachment should be submitted that addresses the criteria listed below.


Nominations must be submitted via email attachment to Dr. Raymond Frey, Chair of the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Teaching Award Committee, to the following address: Raymond.Frey@CentenaryUniversity.edu


If you have any questions about the award, please contact the Teaching

Award Committee Chair, Raymond Frey at Raymond.Frey@CentenaryUniversity.edu

The deadline for applications is October 1, 2018. The awards will be presented at the New Jersey History Issues Conference in November 2018. Recipients will have their honors publicized for recognition within the teaching community and beyond. 


Nominees for this award should meet the following criteria:

a. be teaching in a New Jersey school at the time of nomination

b. show how the project addresses the state's Core Curriculum Standards

c. submit a written description of the plan showing

objectives, materials, and include evidence of how student

performances were assessed

d. give evidence of creative use of materials or

methods in the classroom


Note: Eligible submissions must deal with some aspect of New Jersey history. 


Nominees must be willing to share the plan with other teachers.

(The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance may distribute the winning project

through printed or electronic media – award recipients will receive full



Some examples are listed below, but the nominations are not limited to them:


1. oral history projects

2. use of primary sources by students (including: historic sites, artifacts, written or printed sources, etc.)

3. three dimensional projects

4. projects which study the diversity of the state

5. interdisciplinary programs, especially those which go beyond social

studies (these may be collaborative efforts between disciplines or

beyond the school environment).

6. development of technology programs for the classroom.



Raymond Frey, Ph.D.

Professor of History, College Historian

Centenary University