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Awards for Educators - Previous Revision

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.

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 1-6 who demonstrate an understanding of student improvement in the teaching of writing. Deadline June 1 

Edwin A. Hoey Award 
This award recognizes exceptional English language arts teachers of grades 5-8 who have demonstrated excellence in teaching English language arts and inspired a spirit of inquiry and a love of learning in their students. Deadline February 1

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.

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

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.

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

Richard W. Halle Award 
This 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. Deadline June 1

Robert Shafer Memorial Award
This award honors an educator or organization's membership who enriches international education.

Technical and Scientific Communication Awards
This award is given to outstanding books and articles in technical and scientific communication.


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