University of Notre Dame Teaching Human Dignity Contest

Thank you for your interest in the University of Notre Dame Teaching Human Dignity Contest. This contest is now closed. All participants have received their Round 1 decisions. We look forward to sharing more information after May 1, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact

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

Round 2 Submission Documents

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Contest Overview

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Materials Suitable for Submission

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Winning submissions will be chosen from each category, with recognitions made among a) pre-service and b) in-service teachers for a total of 8 awards. 

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Additional Information

Eligibility: Both pre-service or in-service teachers are eligible for this competition. Teachers at each career-stage will compete only among their peers.

Submission Criteria: Full contest guidelines can be found here.

Deadline: Preliminary Proposal Due: 5:00 p.m. EST Friday, February 7, 2020. All first-round submissions will be reviewed and receive feedback by Monday March 2, 2020.

Invited Full Submission Due: 5:00 p.m. EST Friday, May 1, 2020. Winners will be announced Friday, May 15, 2020.

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.