Beverly Ann Chin from Missoula, Montana, has been named the winner of the 2015 Richard W. Halle Award for Outstanding Middle Level Educator. Chin is chair of the English Department and director of the English Teaching Program at the University of Montana and former director of the Montana Writing Project. Learn more about Beverly.
The Richard W. Halle Award for Outstanding Middle Level Educator honors a junior high/middle level educator who has worked to promote understanding of the developmental needs and characteristics of young adolescents, especially in the English language arts. A “middle level educator” is defined as anyone who has worked to improve schools and schooling for the middle level—teacher, principal, curriculum specialist, or supervisor as well as anyone at the university or college level—not necessarily a classroom teacher.
Established in 1996 by the Junior High/Middle School Assembly, this award honors Richard "Dick" Halle for his dedication to the Assembly and middle level education. The award became a Middle Level Section Award in February 2002 when the Assembly was dissolved.
Learn about the Junior High/Middle School Assembly, Halle Award, and the creation of the Middle Level Section in "Honoring the Past; Looking to the Future."
The Middle Level Section Steering Committee determines the winner based upon each candidate meeting the following criteria:
- Encouraging a spirit of inquiry and development of critical and creative thinking within the profession;
- Showing evidence of exemplary professional involvement, including participation in activities such as workshops, curriculum development, and association programs and projects;
- Connecting the classroom and the community;
- Fostering the development of literacy education at the middle level;
- Promoting research on the middle level student .
The award recipient is presented a plaque by the MLSSC Assistant Chair at the Middle Level Get-Together during the NCTE Annual Convention each year.
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