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Teacher Award for Lifelong Readers and Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry

Awards to USA K-12 Teachers for
Creative Literacy and Poetry Programs

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National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and Penguin Random House

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Awards of $10,000 to USA K-12 teachers to recognize innovative projects that advance literacy and encourage students to become lifelong readers. One award will be given to a teacher who fosters a love of poetry in students and one award will be given to a teacher who inspires students to read all genres of writing.

Nominations will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Teachers who foster a passion and love for reading in students through programs and curriculum that are innovative, original and have measurable success. Innovative can be defined as, but not limited to, multi-media, interdisciplinary or interactive.
  • Teachers who take risks in presenting books and literature to students in a unique way.
  • Teachers who are committed to reluctant readers and are visionary in their methods of reaching them.
  • Teachers who create distinctive programs and activities that support and promote a community of readers beyond the classroom, such as parents, community groups, and nonprofits.

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GrantWatch ID#: 174837

Number of Grants:

One Penguin Random House and NCTE Teacher Award for Lifelong Readers, one Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry, and select honorable mentions

Estimated Size of Grant:

- 1 (one) $10,000 Penguin Random House and NCTE Teacher Award for Lifelong Readers grant award for use by the winning teacher, made payable to Awardee’s school.
- 1 (one) $10,000 Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry designated for programs specifically centered around poetry, made payable to Awardee’s school.
- $2,500 in Penguin Random House titles for Awardees’ respective schools.
- Transportation, lodging, and conference registration for the two Awardees to attend the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado, November 19-22, 2020, if not already attending.
- Select honorable mentions will receive Penguin Random House books for their classrooms.
- Multimedia coverage of the winning teachers and schools via the Penguin Random House and NCTE websites, press releases, and newsletters.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

These awards are available to full-time or part-time teachers in grades K-12 in the United States.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for nominations is June 21, 2020.

Winners will be notified by Tuesday, September 1, 2020 and announced at the NCTE Conference in Denver, Colorado from November 19-22, 2020.

Official winners’ announcement and press release will be posted by November 30, 2020, at and at:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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National Council of Teachers of English
Urbana, IL, Office
1111 W. Kenyon Road
Urbana, IL 61801-1096
Phone: 217-328-3870 or 877-369-6283
Fax: 217-328-9645

Washington, DC Office:
Hall of the States
444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 382A
Washington, DC 20001

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