In Memory of Paul Gagnon
Paul Gagnon was the first Executive Director of NCHE, after having served as Chief of Staff, Editor, and Principal Investigator for our predecessor organization, the Bradley Commission on History in Schools. Paul loved and respected history teachers, identifying their work as essential to the maintenance of a democratic society. He was adamant that all students have the opportunity to learn the story of their country and the world. He fought tirelessly for standards and frameworks for history that identified a core of history that could be taught in the time available and cautioned against curricula that are too encyclopedic to be taught, or too vague for students to understand.
The Paul Gagnon Memorial Fund supports an annual Paul Gagnon Prize, which seeks to encourage two of Paul's cherished interests: continuing scholarship on the part of K-12 history teachers; and, the promotion and protection of history education in the K-12 curricula, state and/or local. The Prize alternates each year between teacher-scholar and educational institution.
How to contribute to the Paul Gagnon Memorial Fund
NCHE has set aside funds to administer the Prize and welcomes contributions that wish to join us in honoring Paul's memory. Make checks payable to NCHE and write "Gagnon Prize" on the memo line. Send to: Gagnon Prize, NCHE, 7100 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 510, College Park, MD 20740; if you want to put your contribution on a credit card, just call the NCHE office: 240-696-6600.
Apply for the Paul Gagnon Prize
The 2013 Paul Gagnon Prize will be presented to K-12 History Teacher who exhibits exceptional historical scholarship. Application deadline is December 3, 2012 and the NCHE Office will notify the winner by January 11, 2013.
List of Past Gagnon Prize Recipients