Entries Due March 7 for American Civic Education Teacher Awards

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Entries Due March 7 for American Civic Education Teacher Awards


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. February, 2008— March 7 is the application deadline for teachers who wish to be considered for the 2008 American Civic Education Teacher Awards (ACETA).

The Awards are given annually to elementary and secondary teachers of civics, government and related fields who have demonstrated special expertise and dynamism in motivating students to learn about Congress, the Constitution, and public policy.

The ACETA program is jointly sponsored by the Center on Congress, the Center for Civic Education, and the National Education Association.

Each year the ACETA program selects and showcases three teachers who are doing exemplary work in preparing young people to become informed and engaged citizens. Applicants must be full–time classroom teachers of grades K—12.

Applications for the 2008 Awards must be postmarked by Friday, March 7. There is no fee to apply. In addition to a two–page “self–portrait” essay, applicants must submit three letters of recommendation — two from teaching peers and one from their school principal. The application form is at www.centeroncongress.org

The ACETA winners will be announced in early April. In July the awardees will participate in a three–day educational program in the nation's capital. They will attend floor sessions and committee hearings in Congress, meet members of Congress and other key officials, and visit sites such as the National Archives and the U.S. Supreme Court. The Office of the Historian of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Historical Office of the U.S. Senate will also participate in the educational program. Awardees' travel and lodging expenses are provided by the sponsoring organizations.