2015 Nominations for Exemplary MCE Teachers

• NAME Advancing Multicultural Learning Committee • Email: AdvanceMCL@NAMEorg.org

•  Web:  www.NAMEorg.org  •

Exemplary Multicultural Education Teachers award call will open in Spring 2016


NAME is looking for outstanding multicultural education teachers! We are developing a web resource that will feature one exemplary teacher per year of multicultural, social justice, culturally responsive teaching. We welcome teachers who teach in P-university levels, across all subject areas, and across rural, suburban, and urban contexts. 


We invite NAME members to submit nominations for the 2015 exemplary teacher. Nominations may be made by yourself or by someone else. Nominees need not be a member of NAME at the time of the nomination. We do ask that those submitting nominations are NAME members. 



Nomination materials consist of: 

1) Up to 5 minutes of video that demonstrates your teaching; may also include students, parents, yourself explaining something, etc. (This may be 5 minutes consecutive or shorter segments joined together.) Submit via YouTube or Vimeo, and send us the link. Please email us for help if neither of these options works for you.


2) A maximum of five-page single-space description of how your work develops the student outcomes below, with specific reference to the work in the video.


3) Your name, current school or other institution, grade level and/or subject area(s), and contact information (email address, mailing address, phone number).


NAME members may email subissions to: AdvanceMCL@NAMEorg.org


Nomination materials are due by midnight, EDT, May 15, 2015.  The Advancing Multicultural Learning Committee will review nominations to select one teacher. During early fall, 2014, a case study of that teacher (including video of teaching we will make) will be developed for the NAME website. The teacher will be honored at the NAME conference.



Nominations will be evaluated based on five evaluation criteria, listed, below.

Student Outcomes of Multicultural Education in the Classroom


Develop Positive Social Identities

Students develop language, as well as historical and cultural knowledge, that affirms and accurately describes their membership in multiple identity groups, which may include but are not limited to identities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, nationality, language, ability, religion, socioeconomic status, age, and geography. They learn to recognize how peoples’ multiple identities interact to create unique and complex individuals. They express pride, confidence and healthy self-esteem without denying the value and dignity of other people, and they effectively negotiate differences between their home and community cultures and the dominant culture.


Develop Positive Academic Identities

Students perceive themselves and members of their own identity groups as intellectually capable and able to achieve at very high levels. They connect their own knowledge and sense of purpose with challenging academic skills and concepts. They are able to use tools of inquiry to ask questions, develop informed opinions, and co-construct knowledge with peers and adults, and they communicate knowledge clearly, using multiple forms of communication. Students use these academic skills to develop social justice consciousness and take action for social justice in their schools and communities. 


Engage Respectfully with Diverse People

Students develop language and knowledge to accurately describe how people are both similar to and different from each other and themselves. They respectfully express curiosity about others, examining diverse experiences and perspectives in their social, political and historical contexts, exchanging ideas and beliefs in an open-minded way. They build empathy, understanding, respect, and connection across differences and similarities. Respectful engagement requires examining privilege(s) that derive from one’s social identities and thinking critically about ways to deconstruct privileged hierarchies in society. 


Develop Social Justice Consciousness

Students recognize unfairness on the individual level and injustice at the institutional or systemic level, locally, nationally, and globally, analyzing its harmful impact on themselves and others. They link their own well-being with that of people who differ from themselves and understand that one’s well-being may result from the marginalization of others. They identify key figures and groups, seminal events, strategies and philosophies relevant to social justice history around the world. Students also actively pursue alternative perspectives by searching for and examining traditionally marginalized viewpoints and ways of knowing and being. 


Take Action for Social Justice

Students recognize their own responsibility to resist exclusion, prejudice and injustice in their everyday lives, despite pressure from others to do otherwise or displeasure from those around them who may thwart their efforts for social justice. Based on an analysis of roots of discrimination and colonization, and working as allies for equity and justice, they plan and carry out strategies of participatory democratic activism, and evaluate the effectiveness of various strategies.


NAME members may submit nominations before 12 midnight, EDT, May 15, 2015.

Email address: AdvanceMCL@NAMEorg.org




 Inspiring words from NAME’s 2014 Exemplary Multicultural Educator Award Recipients