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Awards for Educators

NCTE presents several awards each year to recognize outstanding teachers of English language arts and literacy at all levels and to support teachers’ efforts to enhance their knowledge and teaching skills. Select from the links below to learn more about each award.

Diana Hacker TYCA Outstanding Programs in English Awards
These awards honor two-year college teachers and their colleges for outstanding English programs which enhance students' language, helping them achieve their college, career, and personal goals.  Deadline November 15

Distinguished Service Award
Given to a person or persons who have exhibited valuable professional service and excellence in teaching. 

Donald H. Graves Writing Award 
Recognizes teachers in grades K-6 who, through the teaching of writing, demonstrate an understanding of student improvement in writing.  Deadline June 15 

High School Teacher of Excellence Award
This award is given to high school teachers who are nominated by their state affiliates. All state, provincial, regional, and local affiliates can participate.  Deadline May 1

Media Literacy Award
This award showcases NCTE members who have developed innovative approaches for integrating media analysis and composition into their instruction.  Deadline June 30

Nell Ann Pickett Service Award
This award is granted each year to an outstanding teacher whose vision and voice have had a major impact on two-year college professionalism and whose teaching exemplifies such outstanding personal qualities as creativeness, sensitivity, and leadership.  Deadline November 15

Outstanding Elementary Educator Award
Recognizes a distinguished educator who has made major contributions to the field of elementary English language arts education.

Outstanding Middle Level Educator Award 
This award recognizes exceptional English language arts teachers of grades 6-8 who have demonstrated excellence in teaching English language arts and inspired a spirit of inquiry and a love of learning in their students.  Deadline May 1

Richard W. Halle Award 
Honors a junior high/middle level educator who has worked to promote understanding of the developmental needs and characteristics of young adolescents, especially in the English language arts.


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