Beverly Ann Chin is the recipient of the 2015 NCTE Richard W. Halle Award for Outstanding Middle Level Educator. This award 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.
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. She has more than 35 years of experience as an English language arts teacher, adult education instructor, and teacher educator and consults nationally and internationally on English language arts standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Chin has written articles and books on the teaching of reading and writing including On Your Own: Writing (Prentice Hall, 1990) and On Your Own: Grammar (Prentice Hall, 1991). In addition, she has served as
- senior series consultant for William H. Sadlier’s Grammar for Writing, grades 6–12 (2014), Grammar Workshop, grades 3–5 (2013), and Writing Workshop, grades 6–12 (2009)
- program consultant for Glencoe Literature (2007)
- lead content advisor for Teaching Multicultural Literature: A Workshop for the Middle Grades (Annenberg Media, 2005)
- literary scholar and teacher educator expert for The Expanding Canon: Teaching Multicultural Literature in High School (Annenberg Media, 2004)
- senior program advisor for The Reader’s Choice (Glencoe/McGraw Hill, 2000)
- senior series consultant for Grammar for Writing (William H. Sadlier, 2000)
- appears on The Expanding Canon, a video program sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation and NCTE (WNET-13, 2003).
Involved with NCTE for many years, Chin is a past president (1996), former member of the Middle Level Section Steering Committee, past secretary of the Conference on English Education (CEE), and Member-at-Large of the Conference on English Leadership (CEL). She is also a former board member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and served as the senior project consultant for the 2011 Writing Framework for National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
Chin is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2012 NCTE Distinguished Service Award, the 2005 NCTE Rewey Belle Inglis Award for Outstanding Woman in English Education, and the 1987 University of Montana Distinguished Teacher Award.
Learn more about Chin in her article, "Mentoring: The Gift of Service," Council Chronicle, 2012