Society Teaching Award

Staten Island Archaeology Society Teacher Award


Teachers interested in furthering their students engagement with archaeology and world material culture are encouraged to apply for a $500.00 award.  Staten Island Archaeology Society members will choose 2 outstanding applicants.  Successful applicants are expected to work on a project with students (ideally at least 15), that will involve the students’ participation in the Society’s monthly lecture series.  The requirement of the grant includes student and teacher attendance at a minimum of 2 of the lectures listed below.  The project is to be designed by the teacher (examples might include a short paper, research project, or field trip).


Sunday, January 29, 2017, 3 pm

Dr. Peter DeStaebler: Aphrodisias, a Greco-Roman City and its Hinterland


Sunday, February 12, 2017, 3 pm

Dr. Heather JH Edgar: Ethnicity and Biology: Case Studies in Mexico and New Mexico


Sunday, March 26, 2017, 3 pm

Lothar von Falkenhausen: Trying to Do the Right Thing to Protect the World’s Cultural Heritage: One Committee Member’s Tale


Sunday, April 30, 2017, 3 pm

Dr. Thierry Petit: Unveiling the Greek Sphinx


Applicants will be notified by mid-December.  In early January the awardees will meet with Society members to plan and design their project and Society representatives will come to the teacher’s classrooms to introduce themselves and the Society’s mission. The teachers will be required to have their students attend at least 2 of the Society lectures from January to May, to be held from 3-5 PM on 1/29, 2/12, 3/26, and 4/30. From Feb-April the teacher, in consultation with Society members as needed, will work with the students on their project. The culminating project to be completed by the students will be designed by the teacher, but will need to be based in some way on one or some of the lectures attended by the students. The award ($500. to each of two awardees) monies can be used at the discretion of the teachers to aid in their own work, or as they see necessary in support of the students.  The date of the final presentation will determined once the final awardees have met with the Society.


It is our hope that we can work further to encourage the imbedding of Archaeology into the local high school curricula and perhaps even examine with the two teachers how our lecture series relates to the common core standards put in place by the New York City Department of Education.


To apply for the Teachers’ Award:

Email a resume and letter of intent outlining the following to by Monday, DECEMBER 12th:

  1. Name and contact info
  2. Description of the class that will participate (one-two sentences)
  3. Paragraph on your teaching philosophy, including how archaeology and/or ancient civilizations are used or will be used in your classroom
  4. Paragraph outlining possible project idea


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