Jackson Center accepting nominations for award for teaching justice

JAMESTOWN – The Robert H. Jackson Center is pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the second annual Robert H. Jackson Center Award for Teaching Justice. Nominations should be submitted by June 1 to be considered for this year’s award.

Open to secondary level educators (grades 6-12) with a minimum of three years’ teaching experience who intend to continue in their field, the award is designed to acknowledge an educator who has made a significant effort to teach the concept of justice in creative, inspiring ways. Subjects may include, but are not limited to, civil liberties, human rights, international humanitarian law, the Holocaust, genocide studies, and local issues of justice.

For example, nominees may design a special lesson, course of study, create a school or district project, or lead their students in some way to follow in the footsteps of Robert H. Jackson. Close attention will be focused on applicants who follow the “spirit” of Justice Jackson in their classroom; namely, those who possess the ability to expose injustice while at the same time inspiring their students to repair the world through the rule of law, service, or advocacy.

Nominees must be employed in good standing by a school district located in western New York, defined as the following counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Orleans, Niagara, Wyoming, Monroe, Wayne, Livingston and Ontario. Self-nominations will also be considered; they must be submitted with an accompanying letter of recommendation. The winner will be selected and notified in June 2013. He or she will be officially recognized as a Jackson Center Outstanding Educator at the Center’s annual Robert H. Jackson Society Dinner, and receive a $2,000 cash award.

For more information on how to nominate a worthy educator or the criteria for consideration, please contact the Jackson Center at 483-6646 or email info@roberthjackson.org. An application and rules are available on the website: www.roberthjackson.org.

The Robert H. Jackson Center’s mission is to advance the legacy of Robert H. Jackson-U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Chief U.S. Prosecutor of the major Nazi war criminals following WWII at the International Military Tribunal trial at Nuremberg-through education and exhibits, and by pursuing the relevance of his ideas for future generations. The Center is located at 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown. Tours are available from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday- Friday and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, or to schedule a tour of the Center outside of regular business hours, e-mail info@roberthjackson.org or contact the Robert H. Jackson Center at 483-6646.