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2015 and 2016 ECEOC cohorts at the 2016 Annual Convention

Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award

Apply for 2017 Award
Applications due April 15, 2017


Congratulations to the
2016 Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award Recipients!


  • Steven Arenas
    Westview High School
    Avondale, AZ

  • Patrick L. Harris

    Achievement Prep Elementary School, Washington, DC

  • Sahar Shafqat
    Albert Lane Technical Prep High School, Chicago, IL

  • Raven Jones Stanbrough
    Michigan State University, MI

  • Trinity Thompson
    Harlem Village Academies
    New York, NY


  • Renee Wilmot
    Church Hill Academy
    Richmond, VA

The specific purpose of this award is to support early career teachers of color as they build accomplished teaching careers in literacy education.

Eligibility:  Practicing pre-K to university level literacy educators of color who are in the first five years of a paid teaching career and who aspire to build a career in literacy education. People of color refers to historically underrepresented groups--African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, Latinos, and Pacific Islanders.

Award Specifics: 

  • Programmatic—two years of support from a mentor who can help the scholarship recipient to plan his or her institute experience in year one and to use NCTE resources to enhance professional growth; the opportunity to present or co-present at the NCTE convention (year two); an opportunity to collaborate with NCTE leaders; a plaque to recognize the recipient’s participation.
  • Financial--round-trip airfare, hotel, and meals for the summer ECEOC Institute in year one AND round-trip airfare, complimentary registration at the NCTE convention, three nights lodging expenses, a section luncheon ticket, and a $50 per diem for four days at the NCTE convention in year two. Note: The 2017 ECEOC Institute site is Atlanta, Georgia, and the 2018 NCTE Annual Convention is in Houston, Texas.

A complete application will include a recommendation letter and a signed support letter from your school administrator or university-level supervisor.

All award recipients must be an NCTE member at the time the award is accepted. The annual membership cost is $50.00 and recipients can join online.

Deadline:  April 15, 2017
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