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2015 NCTE Outstanding Elementary Educator - Previous Revision

Kathy G. Short is the recipient of the 2011 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.
Join the Elementary Section Steering Committee as they celebrate Kathy's contributions to the English language arts at the Elementary Section Get-Together during the NCTE Annual Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
Kathy has focused her work on global literature, literature circles, curriculum as inquiry, and collaborative learning environments for teachers and children. She has worked extensively with teachers to develop curricula that actively involve students as authors and inquirers.

Prior to her work at the University of Arizona, Kathy taught first grade for several years, was a faculty member at Goshen College in Indiana, and earned her Ph.D at Indiana University under the guidance of Jerome C. Harste and Carolyn Burke, winners of the 2008 Outstanding Educator Award

Kathy has influenced countless educators through her research and writing which involves collaborations with teachers. She has co-authored several books, written numerous journal articles, been a member of several editorial review boards, and was co-editor of the journals, Language Arts and The New Advocate.  

In addition, Kathy has received several awards including:

  • The 2000 Arbuthnot Award for Outstanding Educator in Children's and Adolescent Literature from the International Reading Association
  • The 2000 Sarlo Family Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Arizona
  • The 2000 Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award and the 1996 and 1992 Faculty Research Award from the University of Arizona College of Education
  • The 2003 Extraordinary Faculty Award from the Arizona Alumni Association

Kathy has held a range of positions as a member of NCTE including chair of the Elementary Section Steering Committee, member of the Executive Council and Curriculum Commission, and member of the editorial review board for Research in the Teaching of English.  
Selected Publications

  • Essentials of Children’s Literature, 7th Edition, Allyn & Bacon, 2010
  • Stories Matter: The Complexity of Cultural Authenticity in Children’s Literature, NCTE, 2003
  • Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children's Literature, Christopher-Gordon, 1999
  • Teacher Study Groups: Building Community through Dialogue and Reflection, NCTE, 1998
  • Talking About Books, Heinemann, 1998
  • Literature as a Way of Knowing, Stenhouse 1997
  • Literature (Strategies for Teaching and Learning Professional Library), Stenhouse, 1997
  • Learning Together through Inquiry, Stenhouse, 1996
  • Creating Classrooms for Authors and Inquirers, 2nd Edition, Heinemann, 1995
  • Research & Professional Resources in Children's Literature: Piecing a Patchwork Quilt, IRA, 1995
  • Creating Curriculum, Heinemann, 1991
  • Talking about Books: Creating Literate Communities, Heinemann, 1990

Selected Book Chapters

"Teachers Organizing for Change: Making Literacy Learning Everybody's Business,"
Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for Pre-K—Grade 6, 13th Edition, NCTE.


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