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Awards Presented at 2013 NCTE Annual Convention

Teachers, Authors, and Researchers Receive Awards
from the National Council of Teachers of English

Urbana, IL – November 15, 2013 -- During the 103rd Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), November 21–24, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, 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:  Laura L. Brown, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, Illinois

National NCTE/SLATE Intellectual Freedom Award:  Author Judy Blume, an icon of young adult literature and an advocate for students and their rights to read her books and others like them

NCTE Leadershift Initiative: Early Career Teacher of Color Award of Distinction:

Sherry Franklin, West Town Academy, Chicago, Illinois; Kristy Girardeau, Arbor Station Elementary, Douglasville, Georgia; Stacey-Ann Thomas, Spirit of Knowledge Charter School, Worcester, Massachusetts; Virginia Valdez, Jamieson Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois

NCTE Leadershift Initiative: Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award:  Vivian Vasquez, American University, Washington, DC

CEE Cultural Diversity Grants:

Susana Priscila C. Alvarado, University of South Carolina, Columbia; Andrew Barrocas, Clemson University, South Carolina; Christina Ivanova, Indiana University, Bloomington; Jorge Lopez, Theodore Roosevelt High School, Los Angeles Unified School District, California, Natasha Perez, Michigan State University, East Lansing

Awards for Use of Language

George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language:  Paul L. Thomas, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina

Doublespeak Award:  Rahm Emanuel, the Mayor of Chicago

Awards for Teaching and Service to NCTE and the Profession

Distinguished Service Award:  Jerome C. Harste, Indiana University, Bloomington, professor emeritus

James R. Squire Award for service to NCTE and the profession:  Rudine Sims Bishop, The Ohio State University, Columbus, professor emerita

Outstanding Educator in the Language ArtsDavid and Yvonne Freeman, University of Texas, Brownsville

Donald H. Graves Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing:  Heidi Weber, Loveland Elementary School, Loveland, Ohio

Edwin A. Hoey Award for an Outstanding Middle School Educator in the English Language Arts:  Brooke Eisenbach, Tomlin Middle School, Plant City, Florida

Richard W. Halle Award for an Outstanding Middle Level Educator:  Tonya Perry, University of Birmingham, Alabama

Conference on English Leadership Exemplary Leadership Award:  Rick Chambers, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE) Award for Outstanding Contribution to Adolescent Literature:  Author Judy Blume

Ted Hipple Award for Service to ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE):  Rick Williams, Youngstown State University, Ohio

Rewey Belle Inglis Award for Outstanding Service Relating to the Role and Image of Women (Women in Literacy and Life Assembly of NCTE):  Mollie Blackburn, The Ohio State University 

Early Literacy Education of the Year Award (Early Childhood Education Assembly of NCTE):  Anthony Reppucci of Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, Cambridge, Massachusetts (teacher recipient) and Susi Long, University of South Carolina, Columbia (educator recipient)

National High School Teachers of Excellence, given by the NCTE Secondary Section:  Jan Carteaux, Notre Dame Preparatory High School, Scottsdale, Arizona; Tracy Sprague, West High School, Torrance, California; Ola Harb, Bartow High School, Bartow, Florida; Christy Grigsby, Early College Academy, Columbus, Georgia; Jonelle Warnock, West Junior High School, Boise, Idaho; Brandie Trent, Fleming County High School, Flemingsburg, Kentucky; Danielle Marsh, Shepherd High School, Shepherd, Michigan; Glenda Skillen-Robison, Hysham Public Schools, Hysham, Montana; Clark A. Kolterman, Seward High School, Seward, Nebraska; Fawn Canady, West Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas, Nevada; Jennifer Ansbach, Manchester Township High School, Manchester, New Jersey; Beth Karnick, West Fargo Public Schools, West Fargo, North Dakota; Stephanie Eriksson, Blanchester High School, Blanchester, Ohio; Harvey Edwards, Selinsgrove Area High School, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania; Amanda Goss, John H. Guyer High School, Denton, Texas; Carrie Honaker, Hidden Valley High School, Roanoke, Virginia

Awards for Publications

Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children:  Monsieur Marceau: Actor without Words by Leda Schubert and illustrated by Gérard DuBois

Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children:  Poet and author Joyce Sidman

Janet Emig Award for Exemplary Scholarship for an article in English Education:  Janet D. Johnson, Rhode Island College, Providence, "'A Rainforest in Front of a Bulldozer': The Literacy Practices of Teacher Candidates Committed to Social Justice" (January 2012)

Richard Ohmann Award for an article in College English:  Bump Halbritter and Julie Lindquist, Michigan State University, East Lansing, "Time, Lives, and Videotape: Operationalizing Discovery in Scenes of Literacy Sponsorship" (November 2012) 

Alan C. Purves Award for an article in Research in the Teaching of English:  Maureen Kendrick, Margaret Early, and Walter Chemjor, "Integrated Literacies in a Rural Kenyan Girls' Secondary School Journalism Club" (May 2013)

English Leadership Quarterly (journal of the Conference on English Leadership) Best Article Award:  Joyce Stallworth and Louel C. Gibbons, "What's On the List…Now? A Survey of Book-Length Works Taught in Secondary Schools" (February 2012)

Paul and Kate Farmer Award for an article in English Journal:  Michael Thier, currently working toward a PhD in Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership at the University of Oregon, "Cultural Awareness Logs: A Method for Increasing International-Mindedness among High School and Middle School Students" (July 2013); Chris Gilbert, an English teacher at a public high school and community college in Asheville, North Carolina, "Changing the Lens: The Necessity of Visual Literacy in the ELA Classroom" (March 2013)

Awards for Research

David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English:  Vygotsky and Literacy Research: A Methodological Framework by Peter Smagorinsky, University of Georgia, Athens

Promising Researcher in English Education:  Amy Stornaiuolo, University of Pennsylvania, "'Like Two Different Worlds': Teachers’ Perspectives on Social Networking and Schooling"

James N. Britton Award for Inquiry within the English Language Arts:  Ryan Lund Neumann, University of Georgia, Athens, for What Had Happened, and Scott Filkins, Champaign Unit #4 School District, Champaign, Illinois, Beyond Standardized Truth: Improving Teaching and Learning Through Inquiry-Based Reading Assessment

Richard Meade Award for Research in English Education:  Wendy Glenn, University of Connecticut, Storrs, “Developing Under-standings of Race: Preservice Teachers' Counter-Narrative (Re)Constructions of People of Color in Young Adult Literature”

CEE Research Initiative:

Steven Z. Athanases, University of California-Davis, Davis, "Common Core and Beyond: Mapping Multiple Knowledge Sources in Preservice Teacher Inquiry for Learning to Teach Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Youth"

Nicole Sieben, Adelphi University, Bethpage, New York, "Teaching Writing Hope: A Matter of Social Justice in English Education"

Tara Star Johnson, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, "The Common Core in an Uncommon Era of Standards and Assessments"

Samantha Caughlan, Michigan State University, East Lansing; Heidi Hallman, University of Kansas, Lawrence; Donna Pasternak, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Laura Renzi, West Chester University of Pennsylvania; Leslie Rush, University of Wyoming, Laramie, "A New Era of English Teacher Preparation: Findings from a National Survey"

Awards for NCTE Affiliates

Affiliate Excellence Awards:  Arkansas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, Colorado Language Arts Society, Concho Valley Teachers of English (TX), Georgia Council of Teachers of English, Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts, Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, Virginia Association of Teachers of English

Student Affiliate Excellence Awards: Metropolitan State University of Denver (Colorado)

Affiliate Journal Award:  Oregon English Journal, edited by Ulrich Hardt, Portland, Oregon, and published by the Oregon Council of Teachers of English

Affiliate Intellectual Freedom Awards:  the California Association of Teachers of English recognizes Kristy Orona Ramirez, the Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts recognizes Dorothea Susag, the Nebraska English Language Arts Council recognizes Daniel Pfeiffer, the Ohio Council Teachers of English Language Arts recognizes Margaret Sacco

Affiliate Multicultural Program Awards:  Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts, Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts

Affiliate Newsletter Award:  WCTE Update, edited by Linda Barrington, Brookfield, Wisconsin, and published by the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English

Affiliate Website Award: Concho Valley Teachers of English (Texas), edited by Jennifer Engle, San Angelo, Texas

NCTE Fund Teachers for the Dream Affiliate Awards:  Nebraska English Language Arts Council

Affiliate Leadership Development Awards: Nebraska English Language Arts Council: Erin Konecky; Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts: Sarah Swenson; Virginia Association of Teachers of English: Kelly Trump

Affiliate Membership Recruitment Awards: Arizona English Teachers Association, Arkansas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, Florida Council of Teachers of English, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, Kansas Association of Teachers of English, Maine Council for English Language Arts, Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts, Nebraska English Language Arts Council, New York State English Council, Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, Oregon Council of Teachers of English, Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts, South Carolina Council of Teachers of English


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