SAA Excellence in Public Education

Award Categories and Definitions
The SAA Excellence in Public Education Award is comprised of three award categories that are offered in a rotating cycle. These three categories are defined below:

  1. Community and Public Programming Category (for the years 2012, 2015)
    Eligible programs are those that have contributed substantially to public education about archaeology through writing, speaking, or otherwise presenting information to general or targeted public audiences. These programs may be aimed at any number of possible publics including, but not limited to, museum audiences, neighborhood or localized communities, heritage tourists, legislative and economic leaders, and local descendant populations. Such community and public programming can be based in cultural resources management, academic research and instruction, non-profit and/or commercial development, and/or repository collections reuse.
  1. Curriculum for Non-Archaeologists Category (for 2010, 2013)
    Eligible curricula are those that present information to the public or facilitate institutions and other individuals in their efforts at public education about archaeology. The intended audiences for these curricula may include, but are not limited to, K-12th grade students, education administrators, heritage interpreters, museum educators, volunteer training, archaeology-related certification programs, Boy Scout or other like-society programming, Elder Hostels, law enforcement and protection training, and teacher In-Service programming.
  1. Media and Information Technology Category (for the years 2011, 2014)
    Eligible products are those that assist in presenting information to the public about archaeology. Examples include, but are not limited to, Electronic, Print, Exhibit, & Multimedia formats involving products such as web pages, exhibits and interpretive signage, documentary film, television programming, printed workbooks, publication series, CD-roms, games, and videos .