Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bonnie Campbell Hill National Literacy Teacher Leader Award

My dear friend, Laura Benson, has recently made me aware of a

new award for Teacher Leaders.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in applying for this award, you can go to Bonnie's website for more information. The application is on the left side bar.

Bonnie Campbell Hill National Literacy Teacher Leader Award

The Children’s Literature Assembly (CLA) will honor two outstanding teacher leaders. These may include a classroom teacher, literacy coach, or teacher educator dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing in real world contexts in grades K – 8. The US $2,500 grant is intended to be used for professional development (not for materials, except professional books for a book study). In addition, recipients will receive a coupon for up to $500 of professional books published by Heinemann Publishers. Applicants must be members of both NCTE and CLA. The grant is supported by Bonnie Campbell Hill and her family.


Your application materials must include five items:

  1. Completed application form.

A professional development plan (three-page maximum) for the 2011-2012 that outlines why you would be a strong candidate for these monies and your vision for how this support would allow you to improve and enhance teaching and learning for students and/or teachers. Funds may be used for, but are not limited to, the following examples: attending the Annual IRA Convention, attending the Annual NCTE Conference, attending Teacher’s College Training, or a reputable children’s literature conference, conducting literature-based research with teaching implementation potential (i.e., Kerlan Collection), buying professional books for a book study among colleagues. Funds may not be used to buy classroom materials. The plan should address key elements that are listed in the attached rubric. A specific plan for how the $2,500 and $500 in professional books would be spent must be included.

  1. A resume showing professional experience and leadership accomplishments/activities.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a supervisor detailing the applicant’s leadership skills, collaborative interactions, effective teaching practices, successful teaching/learning relationships with students and teachers and an understanding of the intentions and/or support of the project detailed by the applicant.
  3. A follow up report describing how the award was used and how it helped the recipient carry the ideas forward: Due May 1, 2012.

An electronic copy of the complete application must be submitted to Dr. Nancy J. Johnson, committee chair, by May 15th, 2011. An example of the evaluation criteria is included with this letter.

Announcement of the winners will occur on or before August 21st, 2011 for the 2011-2012 school year. The award will be presented at the November NCTE Convention. The recipients of the Bonnie Campbell Hill Literacy Teacher Leader Award are cordially invited to attend the CLA Breakfast where they will be introduced by the Awards Committee. All conference expenses (transportation, meals, and housing) will be borne by the winner or paid for out of the initial award. Professional books must be purchased during the 2011-2012 school year by contacting Jeanne Durost, Director of Customer Service, Heinemann Publishing, Phone: 800-225-5800 x1310, Email: The winner must submit a report to the committee about how the funds were used by May 1st, 2012 with information about what the winner learned and the impact of this project on student learning and professional development.

1 comment:

Laura Lynn Benson said...

Thanks, Sweetie! Missing you - Time for some togetherness and conversation, okay? :)