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John Marshall Center seeking nominations for annual teacher awards

The John Marshall Center is seeking nominations for the 2021 John Marshall Center Teacher Awards.

Now in its 32nd year, the awards are given to recognize “excellence and innovation in the teaching of the U.S. Constitution in Virginia,” per an Oct. 13 press release from the center. Over the years, the center has given over $100,000 to support the teaching of history, social studies, civics and government.

The John Marshall Center will bestow a pair of $2,500 awards, one to a middle school teacher and one to a high school teacher, who have “demonstrated knowledge of and enthusiasm for the U.S. Constitution as evidenced through activities both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Completed applications and recommendation letters must be received by Nov. 1. The awards will be presented at the Richmond Bar Association’s Annual Awards Luncheon on Nov. 18.

Founded in 1987, the John Marshall Center for Constitutional History & Civics is a non-profit that aims to “preserve and honor John Marshall’s judicial legacy by engaging and educating the public about the rule of law at the crossroads of our Constitution, our classrooms and our courts.” Marshall, a longtime Richmond resident, was chief justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1801 until 1835.

The John Marshall Center’s leadership includes several legal professionals from across Virginia, ranging from attorneys to judges to law school professors. The center is currently headquartered at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond.