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High School Teacher of Excellence Award

The NCTE Secondary Section wishes to recognize and celebrate high school classroom teachers.

2016 Award Recipients


Who Can Participate:  All state, provincial, regional, and local affiliates.

Award Criteria:  Annually, each affiliate will determine one person in that affiliate to receive the award from the Secondary Section. Each affiliate is at liberty to select a person for this honor in the manner of its choice. An affiliate’s governing board might acknowledge someone who has previously won an award within the affiliate, thus moving that person’s recognition to a national level, or the affiliate might advertise for applications for nominations before choosing a winner. Note: If you are a colleague who wishes to nominate a teacher for this award, please submit nomination materials to your local NCTE affiliate for first-round consideration.

Nomination Information:  The affiliate contact person is responsible for submitting the Award Nomination Form along with the honoree's resume and signed letters of support from at least TWO different constituencies---principal, supervisor, chairperson, peer, parent, or student---about contributions in the classroom and excellent practices exhibited by the recipient.

Deadline: May 1, 2016

Affiliates should send nomination documentation to:


Postal Mail:
National Council of Teachers of English
High School Teacher of Excellence Award
1111 W. Kenyon Road
Urbana, IL 61801

NCTE will send an email confirming that the nomination has been received. Nominating affiliates are asked to contact NCTE if they have not received a confirmation email.

Award Presentation:  Each recipient will be recognized at the Secondary Section Luncheon during the NCTE Annual Convention. Each recipient will be responsible for purchasing his or her own luncheon ticket and tickets for any guests, and reserved seating will be offered. A booklet is provided at the luncheon highlighting comments from the letters of recommendation, along with a certificate from the Secondary Section. 

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