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Special Awards

Deadline June 15

Every year at the annual fall conference, TXCSS members are honored as outstanding teachers and social studies educators. The process for determining the award winners begins with the nomination of candidates. Think about the exceptional educators you know in your own school setting or a colleague that you might know through attending workshops and conferences. There are many outstanding teachers in TXCSS, please take a few moments to help this organization give special recognition to those members. Only nominations that follow the guidelines for documentation will be considered. If there is no nominee that meets the criteria in a specific award category, then the award will not be given for that year.

**Please read the information found at this link before nominating or applying for one of the TXCSS Special Awards.

  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. These awards are given in recognition of active participation in local, state, and national social studies councils AND outstanding social studies teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Complete the application.
  • Outstanding Higher Education Faculty of the Year Award. These awards are given in recognition of active participation in local, state, and national social studies councils AND outstanding social studies teaching at the higher education level. Complete the application.
  • NOVA (Early Career Educator) Award. Given to an outstanding social studies teacher at the elementary or secondary level who has completed at least one year of teaching and is now in his or her second or third year of teaching. Complete the application.
  • Billy Sills Distinguished Service Award. Presented each year in recognition of a member’s contributions and long-time service to social studies professional organizations: local councils, TXCSS, and NCSS. Complete the application.


Please take a look around you and nominate a fellow educator for one of the awards. You may self-nominate or nominate another TXCSS member. Nominations do NOT have to come from local councils; they may be made by individuals as well. All required materials must be sent to the Chair of the Special Awards Committee as cited on the TXCSS website and received by June 15,2023. If you need more information, please contact Anda Lee Seat at

Complete the nomination form.

Other Awards Supported by TXCSS

Presidential Award - This award is given at the discretion of the current TXCSS President in recognition of special contributions by friends of Social Studies Education in the State of Texas.

National History Teacher of the Year Award from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

TXCSS Education History Award (All Categories) The Texas Council for Social Studies recognizes one entry in the Junior Division and one in the Senior Division with a topic that best represents education in history.

The TXCSS Mini-Grants

Deadline June 1

Are you looking for ways to grow as a professional or innovate in your classroom? We would love to hear about it.

Intended for continuing education in social studies, up to four (4) $500 teacher mini-grants will be awarded each year. One will be awarded in memory of Jean Lantz. The funds may be used to purchase curriculum materials to be used in the classroom and/or to cover training/conference expenses not covered by other sources. Applicants must be a member of TXCSS. Grant recipients are expected to submit a lesson/article to The Texan, or lead a professional development session at the Fall TXCSS Conference or district training. The TXCSS-Stalwart-Mini-Grant-application-form deadline is June 1. Need more info, please email  

Download the application

The Stephen Johnson Student Scholarships

Deadline February 12

Named for one of the organization's tenured members, Stephen Johnson. Johnson was a school teacher for many years and served TXCSS as president and as Executive Secretary helping to host a decade of conferences. Additionally, Mr. Johnson was awarded TXCSS’s top honor The Billy Sills Distinguished Service award.

TXCSS awards two $2000 scholarships intended for graduating high school or college students pursuing a career teaching social studies. In order to qualify for the scholarship, applicants’ major field of study must be related to social studies education. The TXCSS Scholarship deadline is February 12. Need more info, please email

Download the scholarship application 

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