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Jiran Named Nominee for 2021 Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                               

April 21, 2021

Jiran Named Nominee for 2021 Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Brent Jiran, social science teacher at Elroy Schroeder Middle School, has been named North Dakota’s junior division nominee for the 2021 Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award.

Each of the 58 National History Day affiliates annually nominate one middle school teacher for this award. Nominees for the $10,000 award are teachers who demonstrate a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest.

All nominees will receive $500 in celebration of their nominations.

“The nominees for the Behring Award have shown a dedication to teaching that goes beyond the classroom,” said Dr. Cathy Gorn, National History Day executive director. “These educators are leading examples for their peers and invaluable resources for their students. I congratulate Mr. Jiran on his well-deserved nomination.”

The award is sponsored by Patricia Behring in recognition of the pivotal role teachers play in the lives of students.

The national winner will be selected by a committee of experienced teachers and historians and announced on June 19, 2021 at the National History Day National Contest Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will be held virtually due to COVID-19.

National History Day in North Dakota, an annual program of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, encourages students in grades 6–12 to research and create unique projects that showcase their creativity, critical thinking skills, and love of history. The State Historical Society provides teachers with engaging resources and research tools to help students build a deeper understanding of North Dakota.