The Georgia Center for Civic Engagement has a goal of increasing civic literacy in Georgia by providing opportunities for students to participate in experiential civic education programs and by providing social studies resources to educators to enhance instruction. At the 2014 Annual Georgia Council for the Social Studies Conference, the Georgia Center for Civic Engagement will present the Georgia Civic Educator of the Year Award for educators who have demonstrated a special expertise in teaching about citizenship, the U.S. Constitution, Georgia Studies, Congress, and/or public policy at the state and local levels.
Specifically, the award is aimed at honoring elementary and secondary school educators who:
- Use experiential learning techniques to engage their students in Social Studies content,
- Teach civic education for democratic participation in society, whether or not it is in separate civics or government classes,
- Actively encourage students to find and use their voice to effect change in their school and community.
Each year the Georgia Center for Civic Engagement selects and showcases three teachers who have done exemplary work in preparing young people to become informed and engaged citizens. Three awards will be present by grade levels: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. These honorees are full-time, K–12 classroom teachers, serving in public or private schools.
(Photo L to R: Sherry Stout, Sue Funk, Gov. Nathan Deal, and Jim Morris)
Jim Morris, Mt. Bethel Elementary (Cobb County School District) Watch Jim's video below.
Sue Funk, Midland Middle School (Muscogee County School District) Watch Sue's video below.
Sherry Stout, Whitewater High School (Fayette County Schools) Watch Sherry's video below.