Awards

ACSS President Diana Strouth (left) with  2016 Wilbur Murra Award recipient Cathy Davis of the Arizona Geographic Alliance. Cathy was honored for her decades of service to the social studies education community.

The Awards Committee of the Arizona Council for the Social Studies needs your help! Each year, we showcase excellence in social studies teaching and learning in our state through our awards program. It’s time to nominate yourself or your colleagues for recognition.Outstanding Arizona Social Studies Educators & Students Honored:

  • ACSS Wilbur Murra Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Social Studies
  • ACSS Ken DeMasi Award (coming Fall 2021)
  • ACSS Isidore Starr Award for Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year
  • ACSS Susanne Schafer Award for Women’s Studies
  • ACSS Great Moments in Teaching the Social Studies Awards
  • ACSS Robert J. Stahl Student Teacher Scholarship Award
  • James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Senior Fellows
  • Gilder-Lehrman History Teacher of the Year Awards
  • We the People:The Citizen and the Constitution State Competition Results
  • Arizona Educational Foundation Teacher of the Year Awards
  • NCGE Distinguished Teacher of the Year Awards

ACSS Award Forms:

So nominate yourself or a deserving colleague today!!! Please send all nominations to the address below prior to September 15th. Thanks for helping us to highlight the best of Arizona Social Studies teaching and learning.

ACSS Awards Chair
P.O. Box 24839
Tempe, AZ 85285

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2016 Awards Presented at the Arizona Council for the Social Studies Fall Conference:

2016
Wilbur Murra Award for Lifetime Achievement in Social Studies Education
Cathy Davis
, Arizona Geographic Alliance

Susanne Shafer Award for Contributions to Women’s Studies – Dr. Susan E. Gray
Department of History, Arizona State University

Isidore Starr Distinguished Social Studies Teacher AwardDawn M. Schmidt
Desert Vista High School, Tempe Union High School District, Phoenix, AZ

2016 Great Moments in Social Studies Teaching Award

Kim Figueroa (Gilbert Elementary School, Gilbert Unified School District)
Lesson: “Cesar Chavez: American Hero”

Ana Parra (Gilbert Elementary School, Gilbert Unified School District)
Lesson: “Monarch Mystic Migration”

Sharlah Reynolds (Higley High School, Higley School District, Gilbert)
Lesson: “Genetically Modified Foods Project”