NCTE Secondary Section
High School Teacher of Excellence Award Guidelines and Criteria
Purpose: The Secondary Section of NCTE wishes to recognize and celebrate high school classroom teachers.
Who Can Participate: All state, provincial, regional, and local affiliates.
Number of Awards: Annually, each affiliate will determine one person in that affiliate to receive this award from the Secondary Section.
Award Specifics: Each recipient will be recognized at the Secondary Luncheon at the November NCTE convention and will receive a certificate. Each recipient will be responsible for his/her own luncheon ticket but reserved seating will be offered. A booklet provided at the luncheon highlighting comments from the letters of recommendations along with a certificate from the Secondary Section.
Award Criteria: 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.
Honoree Supporting Data: The affiliate contact person is responsible for submitting the honoree's resume and 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. These items, including the Award Information Form, should be forwarded to the Secondary Section Steering Committee administrator for this honor.
Deadline: Documentation should be sent to the Secondary Section Steering Committee administrator/designee by MAY 1 of each year. Materials should be sent to the address on the current nomination form.
Administration: The Secondary Section Steering Committee will administer the award. The Secondary Section Chair will appoint administrator(s) each year. Members of the Secondary Section Steering Committee will assist in advertising this award in their home regions, and information will be available through the NCTE Website.
Acknowledgement: Awardees will receive a form to submit to their local newspaper acknowledging that they have received this award.
Award Nomination Form: print this form
DEADLINES: DOCUMENTATION SHOULD BE SENT BY MAY 1 TO: High School Teacher of Excellence, National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 West Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61803.