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Louis E. Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards

The Board of Regents invites nominations for the Louis E. Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards. These awards provide recognition of a teacher and a citizen who have made outstanding contributions to New York State education about the Holocaust and other violations of human rights. The awards were established by the Regents and funded by the late Regent Emeritus Louis E. Yavner. State Education Department staff are not eligible for these awards. 

The Louis E. Yavner Teaching Award recognizes an elementary or secondary, public and nonpublic school teacher in New York State who has made an outstanding contribution to education about the Holocaust and other violations of human rights.

Teaching Award Criteria: The nominee’s work related to the Holocaust and other violations of human rights will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Activities in public and/or nonpublic schools, including courses taught, extracurricular activities for students, school-wide programming, etc. within the last 5 years
  • Activities outside of school, such as workshops, presentations, exhibits, etc. which have benefited professional associations, higher education institutions, cultural institutions, civic groups, and/or service organizations within the last 5 years
  • Total number of students, teachers, and others reached through both in school and out of school  activities
  • Impact of work on students, the local community, professionals and others

Teaching Award Documentation: Documentation must be provided that supports the criteria listed above. Documentation should include:

  • Application form submitted by nominator using this link
  • A letter of recommendation from the nominator, summarizing the nominee’s contributions
  • At least 2 other letters of recommendation
  • Candidate submission:
    1. A short biography or resume, including a chronological listing of activities (e.g., classes, workshops, presentations, exhibits), awards and/or honors received, and publications.
    2. Description of in-school activity including number of teacher/students reached
    3. Description of activity outside of school including the number of people reached
    4. Example of materials developed and/or published
    5. Media reports of activities, if any
    6. Letters received from students, parents or colleagues regarding activities
    See Deadline and Submission Information below

    The Louis E. Yavner Citizen Award was established to honor Holocaust survivors, scholars of the Holocaust and human rights issues, and self-taught experts who help to educate students about these difficult topics.

    Citizen Award Critera: The general criteria for this award are:

    • Contributions on a local, regional and/or statewide basis,to education about the Holocaust and other violations of human rights;
    • Total number of students, teachers, and others reached through the candidate’s work;
    • Impact of candidate’s contributions on others.

    Documentation for Citizen Award Documentation must be provided that supports the criteria listed above. Documentation should include:

    • Application form submitted by nominator using this link
    • A letter of recommendation from the nominator, summarizing the nominee’s contributions
    • At least two other letters of recommendations
    • Documentation including a short biography of resume that includes a chronological listing or activities, awards and/or honors received. The activities should be described and include the number of people impacted by the activity. Letters received from others regarding the impact of the candidate should be included, as well as any media reports of activities. If the candidate has developed materials or published, reference to this work should be included in the documentation.

    Deadline and Submission Information:

    The deadline for submission of nominations is December 15 of each year. Award winners will be notified the following spring. Their names will remain confidential until the award ceremony at a Board of Regents meeting.

    All documentation may be submitted electronically to EMSCURRIC@mail.nysed.gov. Please Use YAVNER AWARD as the subject. Printed documentation may be mailed to Office of Curriculum & Instruction, Louis E. Yavner Award, New York State Education Department, Room 318 EB, Albany, NY 12234.

    Any questions please contact the Office of Curriculum & Instruction via Email:emscurric@mail.nysed.gov or telephone 518-474-5922

    List of Prior Award Winners

Last Updated: November 17, 2014