outstanding humanities educator award

2024 outstanding humanities educator award

IHC Outstanding Humanities Educator Award  

The Idaho Humanities Council values the important work of K-12 humanities educators across our state!  This award will be given to three teachers in April of 2024: one in K-5th, one in 6-8th, and one in 9-12th grades.  Each teacher will be awarded a cash prize of $1,500 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to humanities education in Idaho. 

Administrators, colleagues, parents, and former students are invited to nominate an outstanding teacher in their community! Nominations are due by February 29th, 2024.  All nominated teachers will be contacted directly by the IHC with an invitation to be considered for this award. Teachers who do not meet the award criteria will not be considered.  

Award Criteria: 

  • Educator must be teaching full time in a classroom in the current school year in Idaho. 
  • Educator must be licensed to teach in the state of Idaho. 
  • Educator must be teaching a humanities discipline.
  • Educator must exemplify the guiding principles of the Idaho Humanities Council. 

What are the humanities? 

The Idaho Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities define “the humanities” to include history, literature, philosophy, jurisprudence, cultural anthropology, comparative religion, art history and criticism, music history and other interpretive disciplines that through study yield wisdom. 

Why are the humanities important? 

It is through the study of these disciplines that we gain knowledge and understanding—in a word, wisdom. In the founding legislation for the NEH in 1965, Congress stressed that “Democracy demands wisdom and vision in its citizens.” The humanities are a vehicle to understanding the human experience—the diverse history, traditions, and cultures of the world. It is only through this quest for understanding that we cultivate the wisdom and vision that democracy demands. 

Who Is the Idaho Humanities Council? 

The IHC is dedicated to serving Idaho citizens by promoting greater public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities. The Council accomplishes its mission by awarding grants to organizations statewide, and by working with organizations as partners to develop local humanities projects and programs, and by sponsoring its own Council-conducted programs, such as summer institutes in the humanities for K-12 teachers, library reading/discussion programs in small communities, traveling exhibitions from the Smithsonian Institution, a Humanities Speakers Bureau, Distinguished Humanities Lectures, and other projects and programs limited only by the imagination.  

Our Guiding Principles: 

  • We believe that the humanities should be open, accessible, and welcoming to all Idahoans.
  • We believe that every story contributes to a deeper understanding of being human.
  • We believe that respectful communication provides opportunities to learn new perspectives.
  • We believe that curiosity about the variety of expressions of the human spirit teaches us the value of our differences. 

For questions or more information on this year's Outstanding Educator Award, please contact Director of Programs Johanna Bringhurst at johanna@idahohumanities.org.