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Dorothy Howard Prize in Folklore and Education 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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Dorothy Howard (1902-1986) was a junior high school teacher and folklorist who understood how children’s expressive culture could be used in the classroom. She published extensively on her inclusivism in the classroom in folklore journals and education volumes. Her reports demonstrate how one can identify the culture of childhood and incorporate it into a variety of lessons, such as spelling, poetry, and essay composition. She also recognized cultural diversity in the classroom, drawing on traditional cultural practices in the child’s home and exploring those in her Language Arts classes. The Dorothy Howard Prize will award educators, folklorists, and others $100 for curriculum in use today that reflects this spirit of discovery and application with respect for the child’s world.

The applicant will prepare his or her application letter using the guide below. Applications will be presented using Word. The deadline for applications is Thursday, August 31, 2017. Please send applications to Jan Rosenberg at The Howard Prize Committee will evaluate the applications and will announce the recipient of the Prize at the Business Meeting of the Folklore and Education Section, October 20, 2017, 12:45 PM.

Application Criteria

Applications for the Howard Prize should reflect work in use. Projects destined for future use will not be considered, as with projects already completed.

There are four questions that should guide the application process. These will be applied when applications are evaluated.

  1.  How does the product add significantly to the body of folklore and education literature or resources?
  2.  How is the material appropriate for intended age groups and subject focus?
  3. How do the materials have the potential to engage their intended audience fully?
  4. How does this product/material interface with and support educational priorities, teaching practices, and student learning (i.e. standards alignment, teacher preparation, pedagogy, sequencing, scaffolding, capacity development, assessment, etc.)?



Jan Rosenberg says...
Posted Thursday, July 27, 2017
“For those of you who are considering applying for the Dorothy Howard Prize, please submit the materials you are working with. You can send them to, or mail them to Jan at PO Box 39 Bloomington, IN 47402. In terms of describing materials in use, applicants may be working with projects and products from the last two years. The Howard Prize Committee apologizes for this omission. You can contact Jan for points of clarification at the above email address or call Jan at (812) 339-2180. “

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