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NCTE Outstanding Elementary Educator in the English Language Arts Award - Previous Revision

The NCTE Award for Outstanding Educator in the English Language Arts, proposed by the Elementary Section Steering Committee in 1995, recognizes a distinguished national or international educator who has made major contributions to the field of language arts in elementary education.

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 plaque is presented by the ESSC Chair at the Elementary Section Get-Together during the NCTE Annual Convention each year.


Rudine Sims Bishop, 2007
Shelley Harwayne, 2006
Sonia Nieto, 2005
Vivian Gussin Paley, 2004
Bernice Cullinan, 2003
Dorothy Watson, 2002
 Brian Cambourne, 2001
Carole Edelsky, 2000
Louise Rosenblatt, 1999
Dorothy Strickland, 1998
Charlotte Huck, 1997
Ken and Yetta Goodman, 1996
Donald Graves, 1995

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