The Milton Wolf Prize in Student Advocacy
Information for Teachers
Below you will find information on the standards that the Milton Wolf Project helps you meet, as well as comments from teachers who have done the Milton Wolf Project and what their students got out of it. Here we tell you about new features we've added for the 2021 competition to help you and your students create strong projects.
Setting Students Up for Success
With many students working entirely from home, we've added a these features:
this website offers a step-by-step process students can follow, including short blog entries for every phase with specific suggestions about how to proceed;
five winners from last year are available to video conference with your students—just email Lauren Granite at to set up a time;
we are offering three grants of $500 for students in your school to donate to community organizations based on your students' projects.
In addition, one teacher who assigns the Milton Wolf Project to their students and/or supports students in their school or community will receive a grant to attend our annual Summer Academy (either in 2021 or 2022, depending on what happens with Covid).
Meeting standards with the Milton Wolf Project
The Milton Wolf Prize project helps teachers meet a range of state and Common Core curriculum standards and requirements in diverse disciplines. We know that not every state uses Common Core standards, and some states have their own standards. The following general categories of standards go across the Core in Language Arts and Social Studies, apply to this project, and will be useful to teachers doing this project in all states.
Analyzing Textual Evidence
Summarizing Central Ideas
Analyzing Word Choice
Analyzing Point of View
Integrating Varied Source Media
Use of Primary Sources
Analysis of Claims and Evidence
Collaboration and Coordination
Clarify or Challenge Ideas
Make Relevant Responses
Synthesize Diverse Sources
Understanding Sources and Credibility of Sources
Plan Next Steps
Teachers tell us what their students get out of doing the Milton Wolf Prize
“Thank you for offering this competition during this unprecedented time of our lives. It offered hope and purpose for students to continue to work hard. What you do makes a difference.” W. Huang, Middle School Teacher, Los Angeles
“This project helped my students learn important 21st-century critical thinking, communication, and research skills. I was able to build in time to teach them how to do online research and how to evaluate online sources for credibility. This dovetailed well with my history curriculum as we're always assessing the reliability of primary or secondary sources. This project also helped them learn how to create an engaging presentation and how to use technology like Google Docs/Drive.” S. Billingsley, Middle School Teacher, Baltimore, MD
“The Milton Wolf project made my students think about issues beyond the school walls and think of themselves as change agents in their community.” D. Tarr, Middle School Teacher, Los Angeles, CA
“One strength of the Milton Wolf Project was my students’ consistency and eagerness to create it. Their ability to complete the project through the pandemic is valuable because they remained committed to it despite the new experience of virtual learning, which brought forth many challenges for everyone.” A. Serro, Social Studies High School Teacher, Newark, NJ
“Overall, this project allowed our students to see the world around them in a new light, as well as to understand that they have a voice and power to shed light and foster change concerning issues that directly impact their quality of life.” K. Riddick, High School Teacher, Newark, NJ