This program supports research and classroom application projects which improve social studies education, foster enlightened citizenship, and promote civic competence. In 1986 the Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award was established to help classroom teachers “reach for the stars” and achieve a dream that under ordinary circumstances would not be fulfilled. Christa McAuliffe was an innovative social studies teacher who reached for the stars in an effort to make her dream of space travel a reality. She was the first classroom teacher to participate in space flight and planned to use the experience in teaching lessons from space. The purpose of this $1,500 grant is to help a social studies educator make his or her dream of innovative social studies a reality. Only members of the National Council for the Social Studies are eligible.

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