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Conference on English Leadership Awards

CEL logoEach year CEL recognizes those who represent the best characteristics of literacy leaders.  Our awards celebrate those who have dedicated their careers to teaching and leading as well as those who approach leadership with an innovative mindset.

Kent Williamson Exemplary Leader Award

Kent Williamson

The CEL Kent Williamson Exemplary Leader Award is given annually to an NCTE member who is an outstanding English Language Arts educator and leader. The awrad is named in honor of Kent D. Williamson (1957-2015), who served as NCTE's Executive Director from 2000-2015.


Innovative Leadership Award

The CEL Innovative Leadership Award recognizes an early- or mid-career leader and NCTE member who has shown innovative leadership at the local, regional, and/or national level or for innovative approaches to teaching and/or professional development through new and progressive methods and delivery models.


Teacher-Leader of Excellence Award

The CEL Teacher-Leader of Excellence Award recognizes a classroom educator who leads the way of literacy instruction by sharing his or her work with others at local and/or national levels.


ELQ Best Article Award

English Leadership QuarterlyThe CEL English Leadership Quarterly Best Article Award is given annually to the authors of two articles written and published in English Leadership Quarterly. Book reviewers will not be eligible for consideration, but articles written for specific English Leadership Quarterly columns may be considered. Teachers currently on leave may be considered, as may former teachers presently not employed.

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