Curriculum and Instruction

Louis E. Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards

The 2013 Louis E. Yavner Awards for promotion of understanding of the Holocaust and human rights issues were presented at the June Board of Regents meeting. Andrew Beiter, from Springville-Griffith Middle School, is the recipient of the Teacher Award. Mr. Beiter is the founder and advisor of the Human Rights Club, the director of the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies and the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights . Dr. Dennis Banks, Professor at SUNY at Oneonta, is the recipient of the Citizen Award. Dr. Banks is a national leader in promoting human right education. He has written for state and national publications and has spoken widely on human rights issues. He has influenced hundreds of teachers who as seniors in the teacher preparation program participate in the annual workshop on Human Rights that Dr. Banks plans and facilitates.

List of winners

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 general criteria for the awards are:

  • Distinguished contributions on a local, regional and/or statewide basis, to education about the Holocaust and other violations of human rights.
  • Range of activities in public and/or nonpublic schools, professional associations, higher education institutions, cultural institutions, civic groups, and/or service organizations.
  • Quality of activities and numbers of students, teachers, and others reached.

Documentation must be provided which supports the above criteria, including a letter of recommendation, summarizing the nominee’s contributions.

The teaching award was established to recognize public and nonpublic school teachers in New York State who made outstanding contributions to education about the Holocaust and other violations of human rights. The 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.

The deadline for submission of nominations is November 30 of each year. Award winners will be notified the following March. Their names will remain confidential until the award ceremony in May.

For more information, please contact the Office of Curriculum & Instruction, Louis E. Yavner Award, New York State Education Department, Room 318 EB, Albany, NY 12234. Phone: (518) 474-5922; E-mail:emscurric@mail.nysed.gov

Nomination Forms

Teaching Award (HTML)      PDF (pdf document 27 KB)

Citizen Award (HTML)       PDF (pdf document 28 KB)

Last Updated: June 24, 2014