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Educators, Authors, and Researchers Receive Awards from NCTE - Previous Revision

During the 102nd Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), November 15–20, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada, awards will be presented to authors, researchers, and teachers of English at all levels of education. The list below gives the name of the award, information on the winner, and a hyperlink to more information on the award on NCTE’s website.


Awards for Educators:

Media Literacy Award:  Kara Clayton and Erin Ferris, Lee M. Thurston High School, Redford, Michigan

National NCTE/SLATE Intellectual Freedom Award:  Martha Brennan and Rebecca Slagle, Jefferson County Schools, Louisville, Kentucky

NCTE Leadershift Initiative: Early Career Teacher of Color Award of Distinction:  Eileen Blanco, New York, New York, and Romeo Garcia, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

NCTE Leadershift Initiative: Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award:  Geneva Smitherman, Michigan State University, East Lansing

Cultural Diversity Grants:  Zaira R. Arvelo-Alicea and Ileana Cortes Santiago, "Enhancing ELLs' Reading Skills through Music, Storytelling, and Digital Media" and "Latino/a Families – English Educators' Literacy Partnerships"


Awards for Use of Language: 

George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language:  Buried in the Sky by Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan

Doublespeak Award:  the American Petroleum Institute for their public statements regarding regulation


Awards for Teaching and Service to NCTE and the Profession:

Distinguished Service Award:  Beverly Ann Chin, University of Montana, Missoula

James R. Squire Award for service to NCTE and the profession:  Miles Myers, Oakland, California

Outstanding Educator in the Language Arts:  JoBeth Allen, University of Georgia, Athens

Donald H. Graves Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing:  Suzanne Lak, John M. Sexton Elementary School, St. Petersburg, Florida

Edwin A. Hoey Award for Outstanding Middle School Educator in the English Language Arts Jason Griffith, Lamberton Middle School, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Conference on English Leadership Exemplary Leadership Award:  Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, National Louis University, Chicago, Illinois

ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE) Award for Outstanding Contribution to Adolescent Literature:  Literary agent George Nicholson

Ted Hipple Award for Service to ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE):  Joan Kaywell, University of South Florida, Tampa, past membership chair and past president of ALAN 

National High School Teachers of Excellence, given by the NCTE Secondary Section:  Tara Seale, Bryant High School, Bryant, Arkansas; Dan Reynolds, Mt. Diablo High School, Concord, California; Paula Taylor-Greathouse, Riverview High School, Sarasota, Florida; Katie Greene, Milton High School, Milton, Georgia; Brandon J. Bolyard, Vallivue High School, Caldwell, Idaho; Jared Morningstar, Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy, Saginaw, Michigan; Josh Hirman, Central High School, St. Paul, Minnesota; James (Jim) L. Thompson, Bozeman High School, Bozeman, Montana; Daniel Boster, Ralston High School, Ralston, Nebraska; April King, Austintown Fitch High School, Ohio; Jennifer Culver, Hebron High School, Carrollton, Texas; Sarah Tanner-Anderson, Amelia County High School, Amelia, Virginia


Awards for Publications: 

Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children:  Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet

Janet Emig Award for Exemplary Scholarship for an article in English Education:  Brian White, "The Vulnerable Population of Teacher-Researchers; Or, 'Why I Can't Name My Coauthors'" (July 2011)

Richard Ohmann Award for an article in College English:  Amy Wan, Queens College, City University of New York, "In the Name of Citizenship: The Writing Classroom and the Promise of Citizenship" (September 2011)

Paul and Kate Farmer Award for an article in English Journal:  Shannon Falkner, Chatham High School in Chatham, New Jersey, "'Signs of Life' in the High School Classroom: Analyzing Popular Culture to Provide Student Choice in Analytical Writing" (November 2011); Fahima Ife, Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, Atlanta, Georgia, for "Powerful Writing: Promoting a Political Writing Community of Students" (March 2012)

Edwin M. Hopkins Award for an article in English Journal:  Lauren Esposito, PhD candidate in English at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, "Where to Begin? Using Place-Based Writing to Connect Students with Their Local Communities" (March 2012)

Alan C. Purves Award for an article in Research in the Teaching of English:  Mary Christianakis, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California, for "Children’s Text Development: Drawing, Pictures, and Writing" (August 2011)

English Leadership Quarterly (journal of the Conference on English Leadership) Best Article Award:  Jill Henderson, Sevier County High School, Tennessee, "Dear Mr. President" (February 2011)


Awards for Research:

David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English:  Envisioning Knowledge: Building Literacy in Academic Disciplines by Judith Langer, University at Albany, State University of New York

Promising Researcher in English Education:   Tisha Y. Lewis, Georgia State University, Atlanta, "We txt 2 sty cnnectd: Digital literacies, Meaning-Making, and Activity Theory Systems between an African American mother and son"

James Moffett Award for teacher research projects inspired by the scholarship of James Moffett:  Dana Maloney, Tenafly High School, Tenafly, New Jersey

James N. Britton Award for Inquiry within the English Language Arts:  Sara Kajder, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for Adolescents and Digital Literacies: Learning Alongside Our Students

CEE Research Initiative:  to be announced


Awards for NCTE Affiliates:

Affiliate Excellence Awards:  Colorado Language Arts Society, Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts 

Affiliate Journal Award:  English in Texas, edited by Kim Pinkerton, Leigh Van Horn, and Carol Bedard of Houston, Texas, and published by the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts

Affiliate Intellectual Freedom Awards:  the Nebraska English Language Arts Council recognizes Richard Herman, Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska, and the Ohio Council Teachers of English Language Arts recognizes Randy L. Hoover

Affiliate Multicultural Program Awards:  Georgia Council of Teachers of English, Nebraska English Language Arts Council

Affiliate Newsletter Award:  Texas Voices, edited by Jennifer Lilly of San Angelo, Texas, and Emily Faulk of Friendswood, Texas, and published by the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts

Affiliate Website Award: Colorado Language Arts Society (, edited by David Wendelin of Lakewood, Colorado

NCTE Fund Teachers for the Dream Affiliate Awards:  Georgia Council of Teachers of English, Nebraska English Language Arts Council, Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts 

Affiliate Leadership Development Awards:  Hawaii Council of Teachers of English: Leah Nelson; Minnesota Council of Teachers of English: Rachel Gustafson; Nebraska English Language Arts Council: Danielle Helzer; Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts: Jenelle Gilbert; Virginia Association of Teachers of English: Sarah Crain

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