The Award for Outstanding Achievement will be awarded to that individual or those individuals who, in the judgment of the committee, has or have, over the past two calendar years, undertaken work that is innovative, groundbreaking, or pioneering in the fields of democratic citizenship or progressive education.

Each year the Awards Committee will seek nominations, particularly from members of the Society. A short list will be drawn up from the nominations received. The committee will then decide whether and to whom the award should be given.

This award is not limited to scholars. Rather, the intent of the committee is to recognize a particular achievement, in scholarship or in practice, that exemplifies, expands, develops, or contributes to Dewey’s view of education for democratic life.

Anyone may make a nomination. A nomination is comprised of a 500- to 1000-word note that directly makes the case why a nominee should be given the award, as well as the nominee’s CV (when and where available). Other materials may be requested from the nominator at a later date.

The criteria the committee will be keeping in mind are: (1) the congruence between the spirit of Dewey and the work of the nominee, and (2) a particular achievement, in scholarship or practice, that operates a powerful reconstruction of an aspect of life for democratic ends.

Questions and nominations should be sent to Kyle Greenwalt, Chair of the JDS Awards Committee, at by March 15, 2019.