2016 Award Winner
Bess Altwerger recently retired from her full-time position as professor of elementary education and graduate reading at Towson University. As an adjunct professor, she continues to teach advanced courses in literacy on a part-time basis, and her current activities are devoted to transforming repressive literacy policies, reprofessionalizing teaching, and returning joy to classrooms. Learn more about Bess.
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 to email@example.com or by postal mail to NCTE Outstanding Elementary Educator Award, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096.
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:
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