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2015 NCTE Outstanding Elementary Educator

Anne Haas DysonAnne Haas Dyson and Celia Genishi are the recipients of the 2015 NCTE Outstanding Educator in the English Language Arts Award. This award recognizes a distinguished national or international educator who has made major contributions to the field of language arts in elementary education.

Dr. Anne Haas Dyson is Professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work relates to the social and cultural processes of schooling and literacy, including ethnographies of childhood, the development of childhood cultures, and use of written language.

Celia Genishi

Dr. Celia Genishi is Professor Emerita of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Her articles and books focus on multiple ways of understanding young children’s language and literacy, including collaborative research and assessment with teachers, childhood bilingualism, and children’s language use in classrooms.

Dyson and Genishi have been academic partners for over 30 years. Collectively their work has informed generations of scholars and classroom teachers who take a capacities approach to researching, teaching, and learning with young children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Their work documents the social context of young diverse learners’ educational processes and strives to create more equitable learning environments to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of all children. Their body of work addresses local and national issues pertaining to early childhood literacy and serves as an example to those in the field of literacy education committed to equity-based research and teaching.

Learn more about Anne at

Learn more about Celia at

Read the Council Chronicle interview, "The Unfolding Story: A Partnership to Uncover the Unique Potential of Every Child"

Read "A Conversation with Anne Haas Dyson and Celia Genishi" in the November 2015 issue of Language Arts.

Selected Publications

Dyson. ReWRITING the Basics: Literacy Learning in Children's Cultures (Language and Literacy), Teachers College Press, 2013.

Dyson and Genishi. Children, Language, and Literacy: Diverse Learners in Diverse Times (Language & Literacy Series), Teachers College Press, 2009.

Genishi. Diversities in Early Childhood Education: Rethinking and Doing (Changing Images of Early Childhood), Routledge, 2007.

Dyson and Genishi. On the Case: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research (An NCRLL Volume), Teachers College Press, 2005.

NCTE Annual ConventionJoin us for the award celebration at the Elementary Get-Together on Thursday, November 19, during the NCTE Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.




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