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CEL Best Article Award


2014 Winner

Patsy CallaghanPatsy Callaghan, Central Washington University, Ellensburg for “Literature and Ecology: Integrating Story, Science, and Standards” in the April 2013 Issue of ELQ.

Stories separate us from the other animals on our planet. It is through stories that we learn how to survive, cooperate, empathize. But as technology becomes more pervasive in our lives, how do we keep the humanities at the forefront of our thinking? Current educational initiatives like Common Core and STEM licensing may actually provide opportunities to integrate the humanities in STEM-related instruction and help us keep our humanness at the center of our thinking and our teaching. Contributors Patsy Callaghan, Brandon Sams, and Sandra Jane Greek help us navigate these educational waters and look with hope at our possible futures. 

Purchase the April 2013 issue.

Dr. Patsy Callaghan is a professor of English at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington where she has taught English Language Arts, rhetoric and literature for thirty years in addition to serving as department chair and coordinating programs in English Education and General Education. 


Honorable Mentions

Stacey Reece, University of Tennessee, Knoxville for "Lessons Learned from a First Post-Observation Conference" in the February 2014 issue of ELQ.

Rebecca Sipe, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti for "Lessons Keeping Your Head above Water: Leading Literacy in the Wake of Standards" in the April 2014 issue of ELQ.

The awards presentation will be held at the CEL Luncheon on Sunday, November 23 during the CEL Annual Convention in Washington, DC.


Award Criteria

ELQThe name of the award shall be the Conference on English Leadership English Leadership Quarterly Best Article Award

The award shall be given annually to the authors of two articles written by 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.

The editor(s) of English Leadership Quarterly shall draw up the annual list of eligible authors and shall be the arbiter of eligibility.

The award shall be given once each year, covering issues published between February and October of any given school year. An honorable mention (runners-up) may be also named.

The editorial panel may consist of a chair, nominated by the editor(s) of the English Leadership Quarterly, and three to five readers, selected by the editor(s) of the English Leadership Quarterly. The panel shall be nominated for a one-year term. Panel members will be expected to excuse themselves from the judging if an article on which they are an author is eligible for the award. If necessary, the editor(s) of the English Leadership Quarterly will name a replacement.

In November of each year, or as soon as the editor determines which articles will be published in the final issue of the volume year, the editor(s) shall send each reader a list of authors eligible for the award.

After reviewing the articles, each reader shall nominate and rank five articles and send these nominations to the chair/editor(s).

The chair/editor(s) shall tabulate the nominations and consider, but not be mathematically bound to, the rank ordering of articles. That is, the chair should carefully consider the recommendations and rankings of the readers, but is to use his or her own judgment in determining award winners.

The chair/editor(s) shall choose the author of one article as winner, and, at his or her discretion, may name the author of one additional article as recipients of honorable mention.

The award winners shall receive an engraved plaque (if one author is selected/a certificate if two or more authors are selected), and honorarium of $100 each, and a luncheon ticket to the CEL Sunday Luncheon during the CEL Convention. NCTE shall send invitation letters to winners and announcement letters to the winners’ principals, school superintendents, chairs of boards of education, and appropriate newspapers upon request.

The awards shall be announced by the English Leadership Quarterly editor(s) at the CEL Sunday Luncheon at the CEL Convention.


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