Nominate a Teacher for the 2024 National History Teacher of the Year

Nominations are open for the 2024 National History Teacher of the Year Award! Each year, we honor 53 teachers from across the country who have made an impact in their school community. We encourage you to submit a nomination for a deserving teacher. The nomination form takes just two minutes. 

Any full-time educator of grades K–12 who teaches American history (including state and local history) is eligible for consideration. American history may be taught as an individual subject or as part of other subjects, such as social studies, reading, or language arts. Eligible generalist and specialist teachers in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools, and US Territories are encouraged to apply.

Nominations can be made by a student, parent, colleague, principal, or other administrator familiar with the teacher’s work. Self-nominations are not accepted.

State History Teachers of the Year receive a prize package, including a certificate of recognition, a $1,000 award, and a collection of classroom resources. Each winner’s school will become a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School. Winners are honored in a ceremony in their state.

All state winners are finalists for the National History Teacher of the Year Award. A panel of former national winners, renowned historians, and master teachers reviews all state winners’ materials and selects the National History Teacher of the Year. The winner is announced in the early fall and receives a $10,000 award and a trip to the national award ceremony in New York City.

The deadline for 2024 nominations is April 30, 2024.

Learn more about eligibility and past winners, and see frequently asked questions here.