The NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing program makes use of an advisory committee and state coordinators.
Achievement Awards Advisory Committee: To advise staff on the nature, policies, and procedures regarding the NCTE Achievement Awards, including the following issues: development of a specific plan for involving more public schools in the awards, especially those with large non-white populations; revision of the structure of the award to mitigate the negative effects of competition on student identity and learning; consideration and development of diversified awards: that recognize remarkable improvement or growth in writing; that recognize multi-modal composition (digital or non-digital); and that recognize remarkable risk-taking with the process of writing, instead of the exclusive focus on the final draft; and consideration of revising the Achievement Awards procedure, to eliminate the test-like, single-draft, timed essay as part of the award criteria, since recent developments in high-stakes assessment already privilege those who write quickly; and to consider and make recommendations for ways that your work might interface with NCTE’s National Day on Writing.
State Coordinators: To advise the NCTE staff liaison on any changes that should be made in the Achievement Awards program; review judging procedures; recommend judges; recommend ways of publicizing the program; in¬vestigate ways of aiding the winners; and give sugges¬tions for the impromptu theme topic.
For information on the Achievement Awards in Writing Program for 11th grade students, click here.
CO-CHAIR, Jennifer Beach (2015)
(West Springfield High School, VA)
CO-CHAIR: Tom Beach (2015)
(St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH)
Edward Brown (2015)
(St. Paul's School, Brooklandville, MD)
Patrick Geschke (2015)
(Parma City School District, OH)
Sharon Hollon (2015)
(Fullerton Union High School, CA)
Barbara Rahal (2015)
(Edinboro University of Pennsylvania)
Reva Sias (2015)
(Syracuse University, NY)
Executive Committee Liaison, Kathy Short
(University of Arizona, Tucson)
NCTE Administrative Liaison, Linda Walters