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, college person, curriculum specialist, or supervisor—not necessarily a classroom teacher.
2013 Award Winner: Tonya Perry
Middle level education has been Tonya’s focus throughout her career as a classroom teacher and university professor. As associate professor at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, she teaches and researches the topics of adolescent reading and writing and curriculum design in an effort to find the best ways to help teachers and students develop their talents and maximize their potential. Read more
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.
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, 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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