Network Awards--Curriculum Studies

Competition Guidelines

Contact Information

Please contact Christine Briggs or Carol Ann Williams with any questions on the information below. 

See past winners of the Curriculum Award.

Award submissions must be postmarked no later than June 1 to be considered for this year's competition. Send submissions to:

Dr. Christine Briggs
105 Briargate Walk Circle
Lafayette, LA  70503

Documents Required

Three (3) complete copies of your unit and all support materials. Units will not be returned.

Completed Application Form

Submission Limitations

Any individual, institution, or organization may submit or sponsor only two (2) units total per year.

You must be a member of NAGC to participate. Click to join now if you are not.

Competition Fee

A $15.00 submission fee is required per unit (no more than 2 units per individual, institution, or organization). Please make your checks out to NAGC and include with your materials.

Award Distribution

No more than six (6) awards will be given by the Network to individuals collaborating on one unit. Additional awards (apples) are available for purchase through the Curriculum Network for units with more than six authors. Awards will be presented at the NAGC Annual Convention.

Scoring Information

Any unit receiving two (2) scores of 1 on rubric attributes will be eliminated from the competition.

If a score of 1 is earned in either the differentiation or talent development, the unit will be eliminated from the competition.

Implementation of curriculum is required. Evidence of student(s)' growth is a critical rubric element.


Lead authors of winning curriculum units will be notified in writing no later than September 1 to ensure winners can make arrangements to attend the NAGC Annual Convention to receive their award and take advantage of early registration. While qualitative feedback will be sent to the lead author, actual copies of rubrics used by scorers will not be distributed.

Required Parameters

Before a unit will be evaluated the following must be present:

  • A goal statement for unit/objective tied to national or state standards and benchmarks.
  • Unit to rubric explanation: For each attribute in the rubric, explain how the submitted unit addresses the criteria found in that attribute. This might include highlights of lesson elements that address differentiation, opportunities for talent development, how student growth is measured, etc. For example, Evidence of Use: "The unit was used in two 4th grade, heterogeneous classrooms. Students demonstrated growth through pre/post tests, reflective journals and teacher-student interviews. The results indicated increased knowledge of the content and skills in the area of cultural anthropology." State concepts, principles, methodologies and dispositions in unit explanation.
  • Self-assessment: For each of the criteria included in the rubric, explain how the submitted unit addresses the criteria/attributes. For each section, include a summary of the ways the unit demonstrates the criteria. For example, this might include highlights of lesson elements that address differentiation, opportunities for talent development, how student growth is measured, etc.
  • Unit submissions must be self-contained. Everything that is needed for evaluating the unit must be submitted with the unit. Evaluators will not do outside research.
  • To be considered for an award, submitted units must include evidence of effectiveness (student growth). This can include copies of student work samples, pre/post assessments, student case study describing individual student growth as result of this unit.
  • The unit must demonstrate appropriate challenge for use with gifted students grouped in heterogeneous instructional settings or gifted classrooms.
  • Written components of the unit must be complete and substantive. For example: unit must be written to allow outside teachers to implement individual lessons. This would include activities, resources, step by step instructions, teacher questions/talk, and background information for teacher knowledge.


The scoring rubric will only be applied to those units meeting the above criteria. In preparation for submission, please review the rubric to be aware of the required components.  Each qualifying unit will be assessed according to the Rubric. Please send any comments to Christine Briggs