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