Texas Civil Rights Project
The Texas Civil Rights Project as been named the winner of the 2011 NCTE/SLATE National Intellectual Freedom Award. for their report "Banned Books in the Texas Prison System," which reveals the arbitrary and unconstitutional banning of over 11,000 books from Texas prisons--books such as classics, books about prison conditions, and other popular pieces that do not legitimately threaten prison suecurity as allowed in the Texas constitution.
Honorable mention awards for 2011 will be given to Educators' Network for Social Justice (nominated by the Milwaukee Council of Teachers of English.
The National Intellectual Freedom Award is given by NCTE and a joint committee of members from the NCTE Standing Committee Against Censorship and the SLATE (Support for the Learning and Teaching of English) Steering Committee. The award will be announced on Thursday, November 18, during the Annual Convention in Orlando.
Affiliates of NCTE are also encouraged to recognize individuals or groups close to home for their support of intellectual freedom. The following Affiliate Intellectual Freedom Awards will be announced at the Affiliate Breakfast during the NCTE Annual Convention.
Tom Black nominated by the Nebraska English Language Arts Council
Tom is receognized for his promotion of academic freedom through his longtime volunteer position as news editor of the AFCON "Sentinel."
Jordan Kohanim nominated by the Georgia Council of Teachers of English
Jordan is recognized for her courage to speak up and her ongoing advocacy for intellectual freedom.
Ruth McClain nominated by the Ohio Councol of Teachers of English Language Arts
Ruth is recognized for her 49 years of service to students as a teacher of English and promoter of intellectual freedom and the students' right to read.
Risha Leigh Mullins nominated by the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English Language Arts
Risha was nominated for her brave fight to keep popular young adult literature both in her classroom and in her very successful student book club.
May 1 is the deadline for nominations for the national and the affiliate intellectual freedom awards.