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CEE James Moffett Memorial Award for Teacher Research - Previous Revision

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 inspired by the scholarship of James Moffett. Each proposed project must display an explicit connection to the work of James Moffett and should both enhance the applicant's teaching by serving as a source of professional development and be of interest and value to other educators. All K-12 classroom educators who teach at least three hours or three classes per day are eligible to apply for the grant, and proposals on which two or more K-12 classroom educators have collaborated are also welcome.

Applications for the Moffett Award 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 study important?); a description of the explicit connection to the work 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 2011 recipient of the NCTE and NWP James Moffett Award for Classroom Research
  • A monetary award (up to $1,000) to be used toward implementation of the proposed project

The dealines for proposals is May 1, 2011.  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 research.

Submit proposals to or via postal mail to:

CEE/NWP Moffett Award
1111 West Kenyon Road
Urbana, IL  61801

Past Winners


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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