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Award to a USA, Canada, or International Educator for Contributions to the Field of Language Arts

NCTE Outstanding Elementary Educator in the English Language Arts Award

GrantWatch ID# 200118
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/23 Save

Grant Description
Award to a USA, Canada, or International educator to recognize contributions to the field of elementary language arts education. The purpose of this program is to recognize an individual who has had a significant impact on the field of literacy, enhanced classroom practice, obtained national and/or international influence in literacy teaching and learning, and contributed a body of work that is compatible with the mission of NCTE.

Award Criteria:

Dramatically influenced literacy classroom practice:

  • Translating research into practical application in PK-6 classrooms nationally and/or internationally
  • Producing a body of work including but not limited to journal articles,textbooks, professional texts, blogs, podcasts, and videos that are accessible to practicing PK-6 educators

Significant contributions to NCTE:

  • Service and leadership roles in NCTE (e.g., regional, national, and local)
  • Writing and Presenting at NCTE and other affiliated conferences (e.g., Languages and Literacies for All – LLA) in the area of language and literacy

Development of the professional community: 

  • Developing district/state/national curriculum
  • Research and publish alongside community members
  • Supporting the personal and professional development of PK-6 pre-service teachers, classroom teachers, literacy coaches, teacher educators, caregivers, and communities
  • Advocacy of law, policy, and instructional practices that influence and advance understanding of and systemic action toward equitable, antiracist, and anti-bias learning environments

Mission and Vision of NCTE:

  • The recipient’s teaching, service and/or scholarship is compatible with the mission and vision of NCTE.
  • Deepen every student’s consciousness and widen possibilities for all students’ access, power, agency, affiliation, and impact, across a lifetime.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Recipients of this award should be elementary educators (e.g., PK-12 classroom teachers, higher education faculty) in elementary education with a history of influencing PK-6 classroom literacy practice. They embody anti-racist, culturally sustaining, asset-based teaching and research approaches that are moving our work forward in creating inclusive, humanizing classrooms that center multiple identities, languages, and literacies.

Pre-Application Information
Nomination Deadline: February 15, 2023

Estimated Size of Grant
The award is presented at the Elementary Section Get-Together during the NCTE Annual Convention on Thursday evening of the convention. The recipient will receive a plaque commemorating the award.

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