Professional Awards Recognition Program

The CCSS Awards Recognition Program highlights dedicated professionals who go above and beyond in the field of history-social science education. We welcome you to nominate your outstanding teacher.  All members of the CCSS community are eligible to apply.

Exemplary Team Collaboration (ETC) Award

This is a new award established in 2014 awarding a team of 2 or more people that have worked in a collaboration to complete a project. (Form coming soon)

Hilda Taba Award 

This award is named for Hilda Taba, a university professor at San Francisco State University who significantly influenced education and is internationally renown for her work in “concept development” in the social studies. The Taba Award is CCSS's highest honor, and is awarded to a California man or woman who has made a significant contribution to social studies education in California. (Nomination form coming soon)

Diane L. Brooks Award

The purpose of the Diane L. Brooks Award is to recognize an administrator at the district, state or local level who has contributed significantly to the profession of social studies education. (Nomination form coming soon)

Ruth Delzell CCSS Outstanding Service Award 

The purpose of the Outstanding Service Award is to recognize CCSS members whose dedication on both state and local levels has contributed significantly to the CCSS organization and to the profession of social studies education. (Nomination form coming soon)

Carol Marquis Global Understanding Award 

The Carol Marquis Award was named for Carol Marquis, a respected educator who significantly influenced social studies teachers and students to understand  global perspectives. The Carol Marquis Award is awarded to a California educator who has made notable contributions in helping social studies students increase their understanding of the world. (Nomination form coming soon) 

Roy Erickson Civic Education Leadership Award 

The Roy Erickson Civic Education Leadership Award is awarded to a California educational leader, legislator, or community/organization leader who has made notable contributions toward promoting or implementing civic learning in California schools to prepare students to be engaged and responsible citizens. (Nomination form coming soon) 

Elementary Outstanding Teacher Award
The purpose of the CCSS Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year is to recognize a CCSS member whose classroom teachings in grades K-6 and whose professional practices reflect the goals and purposes of an exemplary social studies education. (Nomination form coming soon) 

Middle School Outstanding Teacher Award 

The purpose of the CCSS Outstanding Middle Level Social Studies Teacher of the Year is to recognize a CCSS member whose classroom teachings in grades 5-8 and whose professional practices reflect the goals and purposes of an exemplary social studies education. (Nomination form coming soon) 

Senior High Outstanding Teacher Award 

The purpose of the CCSS Outstanding Secondary Level Social Studies Teacher of the Year is to recognize a CCSS member whose classroom teachings in grades 7-12 and whose professional practices reflect the goals and purposes of an exemplary social studies education. (Nomination form coming soon)  

Student Teacher Excellence Award 

To recognize pre-service teachers who have been excellent in the field. (Nomination form coming soon) 

Outstanding Higher Education History-Social Studies Teacher Award

The purpose of the CCSS Outstanding Higher Education History- Social Studies Teacher of the Year is to recognize a CCSS member whose higher education instruction and professional practices reflect the goals and purposes of an exemplary social studies education. (Nomination form coming soon) 

Congratulations to the 2014 CCSS Award Winners

Civic Action Award
Professor Joseph Kahne
Mills College

Diane L. Brooks Award
Nancy Witt
Glendale Unified School District

Ruth Delzell Award for Outstanding Service
Linda Colbert
                      Lakeside Union School District (retired)                      

Adjunct Faculty College of William and Mary 

Outstanding Elementary School
Teacher of the Year

Diane Bruns
Grandview Elementary
Rim of the World USD

Outstanding Middle School
Teacher of the Year

Bonnie Vigil-Potts
Cobalt Institute of Math and Science
Victor Valley Union High School District

Outstanding Senior Higher
Teacher of the Year

Mark Reindl
Tulare Union High School
Tulare Union High School District