Thursday, February 25, 2016

Nominate a Teacher for the Centennial Bell Award

Do you know a great 7th-12th grade teacher who has done an exemplary job teaching Montana history during the 2015-2016 school year?  Please nominate him or her for the 27th Montana Statehood Centennial Bell Award.

To nominate a 7th-12th grade Montana history teacher, email Norma Ashby at ashby7@q.com.  Please include the following information:

*  Your name
*  Your email
*  Nominee’s name
*  Nominee’s email
*  Grade Level
*  School Name
*  School address
*  School phone number
*  Principal’s name
*  Principal’s email
*  Nominations are due by March 24, 2016

Nominated teachers will be asked to submit two letters of support (one from their principal, superintendent, other administrator, or fellow teacher) and one from a student, and a one-to-two page statement detailing the following:

1. Why they enjoy teaching Montana history
2. How they engage their students in learning
3. How their Montana history course recognizes Montana’s cultural diversity
4. Anything else they’d like to share about their class or methods.

Nominees will receive more instructions on how to submit this material after March 24, 2016.  They will have until May 4, 2016 to submit their material.

The winner and his or her class will be honored at a ceremony in the state capitol on Monday, November 7, 2016. The winner will receive a plaque and $2,500 toward library and classroom materials, field trips, speakers and anything else that will enhance learning in the classroom.

This program is sponsored by the Montana Television Network, the Montana History Foundation and the Sons & Daughters of Montana Pioneers in cooperation with the Montana Historical Society. The Award is given in odd numbered years to a 4th-6th grade Montana history teacher and in even numbered years to a 7th-12th grade Montana history teacher.

Please contact Norma Ashby of Great Falls, Montana, with any questions about the award or the nomination process at 406-453-7078 or at ashby7@q.com. Thank you for your help in honoring the best teachers of Montana history in the state.

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