Paul Gagnon was the first Executive Director of NCHE after serving as Chief of Staff, Editor, and Principal Investigator for our predecessor organization, the Bradley Commission on History in
Schools. Paul loved and respected history teachers, identifying their work as essential to the maintenance of a democratic society. He was adamant that all students have the opportunity to
learn the story of their country and the world. He fought tirelessly for standards and frameworks for history that identified a core of history that could be taught in the time available and
cautioned against curricula that are too encyclopedic to be taught, or too vague for students to understand.
The Paul Gagnon Memorial Fund supports an annual Paul A. Gagnon Prize which seeks to encourage two of Paul's cherished interests: continuing scholarship on the part of K-12 history
teachers; and the promotion and protection of history education in the K-12 curricula.