Noah Zeichner and Diana Hess

Noah Zeichner (MIT '04) and Diana Hess (PhD '98) are being honored by the National Council for the Social Studies during its annual conference this November.

Zeichner, who teaches at Ingraham International High School in Seattle will receive the 2017 Award for Global Understanding while Hess, dean of University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, will receive the 2017 Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research in Social Studies Award.

The Award for Global Understanding annual recognizes a social studies educator (or team of educators) who has made notable contributions in helping social studies students increase their understanding of the world.

During the conference, Zeichner will present “Migration Stories: A Documentary Film Project” and describe how high school students in Seattle created a series of short documentary films that told the stories of immigrants in their school with the goal of increasing empathy among their peers.

The Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career in Research Award recognizes professionals who have made extensive contributions to knowledge concerning significant areas of social studies education through meritorious research.

Hess will present “The Case for High Quality Discussion of Controversial Issues” during the NCSS conference and explain findings from 20 years of research that have advanced understanding of what teachers can do to engage their students in lively discussions of controversial political issues.

She is the author of “Controversy in the Classroom: The Democratic Power of Discussion,” which won the NCSS Exemplary Research Award in 2009, and co-author of “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education,” which won the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Book Award in 2016 and the Grawemeyer Award in 2017.


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