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NCTE Outstanding Elementary Educator in the English Language Arts Award

2017 Award Recipients:  Katherine and Randy Bomer

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The Elementary Section Steering Committee is pleased to announce that Katherine and Randy Bomer are the 2017 recipients of the NCTE Outstanding Elementary Educator in the English Language Arts Award.

Randy and Katherine invite educators on thinking journeys that complicate, shift, and transform notions of children, childhood, and meaning making. They listen and they care. They demonstrate how to create language arts classrooms built on equitable and just principles and practices. They show us how to create a better world.  

NCTE Annual ConventionThe award presentation will be held at the Elementary Get-Together on Thursday, November 16 during the NCTE Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri.



Nomination Deadline:  November 15

Purpose:  Established in 1995 to recognize a distinguished national or international educator who has made major contributions to the field of language arts in elementary education.

Award Criteria:  Nominees must have dramatically influenced literacy classroom practice, made ongoing contributions to the field of literacy, obtained national and/or international influence in literacy teaching and learning, contributed a body of work that is compatible with the mission of NCTE

Award Specifics:  The award recipient is presented a plaque at the Elementary Section Get-Together during the NCTE Annual Convention.

Deadline:  The Nomination Form must be submitted by November 15.

Judging:  The Elementary Section Steering Committee determines the winner based upon nominations received each year from NCTE Elementary Section members. Only one nomination may be submitted per member.

Past Winners:

2017:  Katherine Bomer, Austin, TX
           and Randy Bomer, University of Texas, Austin
2016:  Bess Altwerger, Towson University, Baltimore, MD
2015:  Anne Haas Dyson, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
           and Celia Genishi, Columbia University, NY
2014:  Heidi Mills, University of South Carolina, Columbia
           and Tim O'Keefe, Center for Inquiry, Columbia, SC
2013:  David and Yvonne Freeman, University of Texas, Brownsville 
2012:  JoBeth Allen, University of Georgia, Athens
2011:  Kathy G. Short, University of Arizona, Tucson  
2010:  Phillipa Stratton, Editorial Director, Stenhouse Publishers
2009:  Karen Smith, Arizona State University, Tempe
2008:  Carolyn Burke and Jerome Harste, Indiana University, Bloomington
2007:  Rudine Sims Bishop, The Ohio State University, Columbus
2006:  Shelley Harwayne, New York City Public Schools 
2005:  Sonia Nieto, University of Massachusetts, Boston
2004:  Vivian Gussin Paley, University of Chicago, IL
2003:  Bernice Cullinan, New York University
2002:  Dorothy Watson, University of Missouri, Columbia
2001:  Brian Cambourne, University of Wollongong, Australia
2000:  Carole Edelsky, Arizona State University, Tempe  
1999:  Louise Rosenblatt, New York University
1998:  Dorothy Strickland, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
1997:  Charlotte Huck, The Ohio State University, Columbus
1996:  Kenneth and Yetta Goodman, University of Arizona, Tucson 
1995:  Donald Graves, University of New Hampshire, Durham


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