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2012 EcEOC Award Recipients

Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award

Attending the NCTE Convention for my first time, alone, was a daunting experience, but the time and information that NCTE shared with me each day made me feel like a welcome member of the NCTE community and helped me navigate through each day with ease. I look forward to being active within NCTE for many years to come. I had an amazing experience!

- Distinction Award Alumni, Jonathan McMullen


The specific purpose of this award is to provide early career teachers of color a national forum for professional collaboration and development by attending the NCTE convention (year one) and by presenting an NCTE convention session (year two). The general purpose is to support educators of color as they build accomplished teaching careers as active NCTE members.

Support level

• Programmatic—two years of support from a mentor who can help the scholarship recipient to plan his or her convention experience 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, complimentary registration at the NCTE convention, three nights lodging expenses, a section luncheon ticket, and a $50 per diem for four days at two consecutive NCTE conventions. Note: The 2016 site is Atlanta, GA and St. Louis, MO is the site for 2017.


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.

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.

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

Previous Award Recipients

I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences working with the ECEOC cohort. The NCTE staff, leadership, and veteran members were welcoming, and the spirit of support and collaboration was refreshing. Overall, the weekend was encouraging and empowering. My project is off to a great start.
- Jessica Mendes, 2012 Award Recipient

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