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Timothy Peterson wins NARA’s Clements Innovation in Education Award

In Spotlight on July 9, 2015 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

Tim Peterson holding Clements award with David Ferriero and Bess Clements Abell

Tim Peterson (right) with Clements’ daughter, Bess Clements Abell (left), and US Archivist David Ferriero (center). Photo by Taylor McClure, UKPR.

On July 8th, the National Archives, in conjunction with the UK Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, presented the inaugural Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award for Civics and History Teachers to Timothy A. Peterson. Mr. Peterson teaches AP World History, US History, AP Human Geography, AP European and AP US History at Taylor County High School.

This award was announced at the KATH Annual Meeting last year (see the meeting agenda here). See more about the inaugural award ceremony at UK yesterday in the UKnow press release.



Clements Award

In Alerts on March 16, 2015 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , , ,

The National Archives and the University of Kentucky Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center are pleased to announce the Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award for Civics and History Teachers (Clements Award).

The Clements Award honors the life and career of the late Earle C. Clements and his lifelong commitment to education and public service. Clements’ political career included service as a county sheriff, clerk, and judge; in the state senate and as governor; and in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, where he was a close colleague to Lyndon Baines Johnson. Bess Abell, Clements’ daughter, is both a board member of the Foundation for the National Archives and alum of the University of Kentucky. [NOTE: This award was announced at our last KATH meeting – see more at the 2014 Annual Meeting webpage.]

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 10, 2015 (postmarked or emailed by)

Three teachers throughout the state will be selected by an independent review panel for the Clements Award and will receive $1,000 each.  The award criteria include the following:

Teacher’s knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the subject and commitment to increasing student awareness of the importance of public service. Demonstrates expertise in civics and history content and the ability to share it with students

  • Conveys enthusiasm for teaching civics and history and motivates students to learn and achieve
  • Employs active learning techniques and inspires students to be informed and active citizens

Impact on Student Success

  • Motivates students to achieve high standards
  • Initiates critical thinking and fosters informed student discussion
  • Promotes academic success and cultivates a love of learning in students of all abilities and backgrounds

Evidence of creativity and innovation

  • Improves learning by using creative, original, and effective teaching methods
  • Uses technology in innovative ways to improve learning outcomes
  • Incorporates primary sources in innovative lessons that improve student achievement

Eligibility: All high school history and civics (social studies) teachers

Application packets must include the following:

  1.      Completed application
  2.      Letter from applicant addressing above criteria
  3.      Letter of support from principal
  4.      Sample assignment
  5.      Other supporting materials (may include student letters of support)


Application deadline April 10, 2015
Award notification by May 4, 2015
Award ceremony in Lexington, KY June 2015

Application packets may be sent via mail:

Clements Award
Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center
Margaret I. King Library
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0039

or completed electronically

Questions: contact Deirdre A. Scaggs, Associate Dean, Special Collections Research Center, University of Kentucky Libraries, via email at


KATH, NARA and UK Libraries

The KATH Board is excited about a new partnership with UK Libraries and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) featuring their collections of materials relating to Kentucky Governor Earle C. Clements. We plan to include a session devoted just to this topic at our annual meeting in October. According to Deirdre Scaggs, Co-Director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center and Associate Dean of Special Collections at University of Kentucky Libraries, this new partnership will draw upon the resources and expertise of the NARA Education Team to complement a major educational initiative by the University of Kentucky Libraries on the career of Earle C. Clements.

The University of Kentucky is assembling a team of historians, archivists, and educators to create a web-based curriculum guide called “Courthouse to the White House,” focusing on the life and public service career of Clements. The online guide for educators will feature documents, photographs, oral history materials, and other resources held in the UK Libraries. The Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center in the Owensboro Museum of Science and History will serve as a partner and provide instructional guidance, networks of Kentucky teachers, and a forum for teacher workshops. The NARA Education team will participate in the workshops, demonstrating to teachers how their resources, particularly Docsteach, are invaluable tools for boosting learning and achievement.

Scaggs is working with NARA staff and the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center to design the KATH session. In addition to the upcoming KATH session targeting K-12 teachers, NARA is offering a K-12 teaching award in partnership with UK and KATH. The award will promote innovative teaching by secondary school teachers in the field of Social Studies and Civic Education. Foundation support would fund the $1,000 “Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award.” The plan is to recognize three Kentucky teachers for their innovative and effective use of the curriculum guide and NARA resources in their classrooms. This award will produce a corps of master teachers who will be valuable as exemplars of best practices and important local advocates for using primary resources.

For more details, contact Deirdre A. Scaggs, Associate Dean of Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries, Margaret I. King Building, Lexington

Posted March 22, 2014 by Randolph Hollingsworth

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