Paul A. Gagnon Prize

In Memory of Paul Gagnon

Paul Gagnon was the first Executive Director of NCHE after serving 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 A. 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.

How to contribute to the Paul Gagnon Memorial Fund

NCHE welcomes contributions that honor Paul's memory. Make checks payable to NCHE and write "Gagnon Prize" on the memo line. Send to:
National Council for History Education
Attn: Gagnon Prize
13940 Cedar Road #393
University Heights, OH  44118
If you want to put your contribution on a credit card, call the NCHE office: 240-888-4105.

Apply for the Paul A. Gagnon Prize

The 2020 Paul A. Gagnon Prize will be presented to either a K-12 history teacher who exhibits exceptional historical scholarship or an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to the promotion of history education. Application deadline is December 6, 2019 and the NCHE Office will notify the winner by January 10, 2020.

List of Past Gagnon Prize Recipients


About NCHE

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