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Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award

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: 

  • Recipients receive two years of support from an accomplished mentor in planning their convention experience during year one and by presenting a NCTE Convention session in year two.
  • Financial -- complimentary convention registration, round-trip airfare, three nights lodging, a section luncheon ticket, and a $50 per diem for four days for two consecutive NCTE conventions.

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:  Applications are accepted starting in April of the award year.
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