Curriculum and Instruction

Louis E. Yavner Citizen Award

The Board of Regents invites nominations for the Louis E. Yavner Citizen Award to recognize a citizen who has made an outstanding contribution to education about the Holocaust and other violations of human rights. This annual award was established by the Regents and funded by the late Regent Emeritus Louis E. Yavner to honor Holocaust survivors, scholars of the Holocaust and human rights issues from many professions, and self-taught experts who help to educate New York State students about these difficult topics. Elementary and secondary teachers and State Education Department staff are not eligible for this award. Awards are presented to residents or nonresidents on the basis of their distinguished educational service to local, regional, and/or State institutions and organizations through classroom and public programs, school assemblies, workshops, exhibits, community service, scholarship, writings, and other related activities.

The following nomination application lists award criteria. Please note that documentation must be provided to support the scope, breadth, quantity, and quality of the nominee’s work.

The deadline for submission of nominations is November 30 each year. The award winner will be notified in March, with the name remaining confidential until the award ceremony in May.

Nomination Application:  Louis E. Yavner Citizen Award

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Award Criteria : nominee’s work related to the Holocaust and other violations of human rights on a local, regional, and/or statewide basis will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Range of activities in public and/or nonpublic schools
  • Range of activities outside of school, such as contributions which have benefited professional associations, higher education institutions, cultural institutions, civic groups, and/or service organizations
  • Degree of quality
  • Number of students, teachers, and others reached
  • Sufficient documentation

Documentation: Documentation must be provided that supports the criteria listed above. Documentation should be organized in a binder or folder and include copies of the following:

  • A letter of recommendation from the nominator, summarizing the nominee’s contributions
    Other letters of recommendation
  • A short biography or resume, including a chronological listing of activities (e.g., schools visited, workshops, presentations, exhibits)
  • Materials used and/or produced (e.g., instructional resources/activities, published work)
  • Letters received from students and/or others
  • Program agendas, brochures, and/or flyers
  • Awards and/or honors received
  • Interviews by various media, including newspaper and/or magazine articles
  • Other relevant supporting documentation

Return by November 30 of each calendar year to:
Office of Curriculum & Instruction
Louis E. Yavner Award
New York State Education Department 
89 Washington Avenue, Room 318 EB
Albany, New York 12234

Last Updated: March 27, 2012