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CEE James Moffett Award

Criteria and Application Process

NCTE's Conference on English Education, in conjunction with the National Writing Project, offers this grant to support teacher research projects that further the spirit and scholarship of James Moffett. Moffett, a great champion of the voices of K-12 teachers, focused on such ideas as the necessity of student-centered curricula, writing across the curriculum, alternatives to standardized testing, and spiritual growth in education and life.
Application deadline: September 19 

Applications for the Moffett Award should be in the form of a proposal for a project that one or more K-12 classroom teachers wish to pursue and must include:

  1. A cover page that includes the applicant's name, work and home telephone numbers and addresses, email address, a brief profile of the applicant's current school and students, and a brief teaching history (when and where the applicant has taught)
  2. A proposal (not more than 5 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font) that includes an introduction and rationale for the work (What is the problem or question to be studied?  How might such a study influence the project teacher's practice and potentially the practice of other teachers?  Why is such a project important?); a description of the connection to the spirit and scholarship of James Moffett; initial objectives for the study (realizing these might shift during the project); a clear, focused project description that includes a timeline (What will be done?  When?  How?  By whom?); a method of evaluating the project (What indicators might reviewers note that suggest the work was valuable to the researcher and to other teachers?); and a narrative budget (How will the money be spent?).
  3. A letter of support from someone familiar with the applicant's teaching and perceived ability to implement and assess the proposed project

What do Moffett Award winners receive?

  • A certificate designating the individual as the 2015 recipient of the CEE James Moffett Award
  • A monetary award (up to $1,000) to be used toward implementation of the proposed project

Proposals will be judged on such criteria as the strength of the connection to James Moffett's scholarship and the perceived value and feasibility of the project.

Submit proposals to or via postal mail to:

CEE Moffett Award
1111 West Kenyon Road
Urbana, IL  61801

Past Winners


                           Danielle Zarnick

                    2014  No award given
                    2013  No award given


                           Dana Maloney


Marianne Forman and Melissa Yip


Gretchen S. Bernabei
Jeanetta Miller


Wren Hayes and Elizabeth Whittington


Denise Maltese


James Cercone
Joseph M. Shosh and Jennifer Wescoe


Heather S. Lewis


Michele Tinker


Kim Douillard
Jan Hamilton
Danan McNamara


John Creger 


Judith Ruhana
Diane Babcock
Carla Jankowski


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