University of Notre Dame Teaching Human Dignity Contest

The University of Notre Dame Teaching Human Dignity Contest will reopen for submissions in the fall of 2022 for the 2022-2023 academic year.

This contest solicits submissions that will expand the number and variety of resources available in the Teaching Human Dignity series. This call for proposals challenges applicants to develop instructional plans and materials that address life and human dignity to create a rich, powerful learning experience for high school students.

Contest applicants will develop and submit their original instructional resource (i.e. a plan for a lesson, learning sequence, unit, and/or related materials) to reflect both the characteristics of high-quality learning and the mission of the Teaching Human Dignity series. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant but can be material that the applicant has developed previously and/or used in the classroom already.

Full contest guidelines can be found here

Examples of Successful First Round Submissions

Contest Overview

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Materials Suitable for Submission

Units/Lesson Plans

Provide a “blueprint” for implementing the educational experience for students that will allow them to attain specific learning objectives in one or more of the academic areas. Units/lessons will include detailed instructional guides for teachers as well as any related materials required to implement the lesson (lecture notes, student worksheets, PowerPoints, etc.)

Curriculum Resources

Original, teacher-created materials that a classroom teacher might incorporate in a lesson plan. These may include, but not be limited to: 

  • videos 
  • animations 
  • tutorials 
  • podcasts 
  • simulations 
  • infographics, etc.


A grand prize ($900), first runner-up ($500), and second runner-up ($350) will be chosen.

Additional Information

Eligibility: Both pre-service or in-service teachers are eligible for this competition.

Submission Criteria: Full contest guidelines can be found here.

Deadline: Preliminary Proposal Due: 5:00 p.m. EDT Monday, March 22, 2021. All first-round submissions will be reviewed and receive feedback by Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Invited Full Submission Due: 5:00 p.m. EDT Monday, June 21, 2021. Winners will be announced Thursday, July 15, 2021.

Sponsoring Organization: The Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity, McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame


For more information about the Teaching Human Dignity series visit our resource page

1 All submitted material must be original. Copyright of all awarded materials will be held by the Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity in the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. This does not preclude the private use of materials in one’s own classroom. The Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity reserves the right to edit materials as it deems appropriate to adhere to the teaching of the Catholic Church. The Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity reserves the right to design materials to fit with the design of Teaching Human Dignity. Attribution will be given to the author of the original material.