2011 Dorothy Howard Prize
Dorothy Howard Folklore and Education Prize
Request for Submissions - Deadline August 31, 2011
Dorothy Howard (1902-1996) grew up in the Progressive Era, receiving a teaching degree from
the North Texas Normal College (now the University of North Texas) in 1923. During her career
as a teacher and principal in Texas, New York, and New Jersey, Howard integrated folklore
into her curriculum by having students collect and study playground chants and jingles as a way
of introducing them to poetry; research their names and their meanings to study spelling; and
write about such traditions as ravioli making to develop their writing skills. Howard's interest in
children's folklore and education enabled her to bridge a gap between the Victorian "armchair"
study of children's culture with the field-based studies that folklorists conduct today. In 1938
she received her doctorate in education with a study of games that combined these two styles of
study. Her pioneering work shows us that folklore can be used in the curriculum in a way that
is rich and meaningful. The Dorothy Howard Prize honors both Howard and those who have
followed her lead in folklore and education.
The prize competition is open to individuals and organizations whose work effectively
encourages K-12 educators or students to use or study folklore and folkloristic approaches in
all educational environments. Such works include but are not limited to curriculum materials,
publications, audio and video recordings, multimedia publications, web sites, and exhibits.
Works produced in the two calendar years prior to the annual AFS meeting are eligible.
Nominations should identify the author(s) or creator(s), publisher, and date of publication
and describe why the nomination deserves consideration. Statements should not exceed three
double-spaced pages. Anyone may nominate work by submitting a nomination statement plus
three copies of the resource. In the case of web-based resources, send the url. In the case of
particularly extensive or expensive materials (e.g., multimedia kits), a single copy may be
submitted. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
* Does the product add significantly to the body of folklore and education literature or
* Is the material appropriate for intended age groups and subject focus?
* Do the materials have the potential to engage their intended audience fully?
The prize amount is $100, and the deadline for submissions is August 31, 2011. Electronic
submission is encouraged but not mandatory.
Please send nomination statements (and your questions) via email to Lisa Rathje, 2011 Dorothy
Howard Prize Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail copies of resources to 170 N.
Marion Street, Unit 12, Oak Park, IL 60301.
The recipient of the 2011 Dorothy Howard Prize will be honored at the annual Folklore and
Education section meeting during the American Folklore Society conference in Bloomington