Established in 1995, the NCTE Outstanding Educator in the English Language Arts Award recognizes a distinguished national or international educator who has made major contributions to the field of language arts in elementary education.
Heidi Mills and Tim O'Keefe are the recipients of the 2014 NCTE Outstanding Educator in the English Language Arts Award. Heidi Mills is an endowed professor in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education at the University of South Carolina and the Curriculum and Development Specialist at the Center for Inquiry. Tim O’Keefe is a teacher of grades 2—3 at the Center for Inquiry. Both graduated with degrees in education from Indiana University, where they met and became a team professionally and personally. Learn more . . .
The Elementary Section Steering Committee determines the winner based upon each candidate meeting the following criteria:
- 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
The award recipient is presented a plaque by the ESSC Chair at the Elementary Section Get-Together during the NCTE Annual Convention each year.
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