Teacher Awards for Literacy

Awards to USA K-12 Teachers for
Creative Literacy Programs

GrantWatch ID#: 174837
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Penguin Random House


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Awards of up to $10,000 to USA public school K-12 teachers to recognize innovative projects that advance literacy and encourage students to become lifelong readers. Teachers may be nominated or self-nominate. Nominations will be reviewed by a select group of authors, educators, and Penguin Random House executives, 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.

One First Place, Second Place, and Third place winner; One Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry; Ten runners-up

- $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 grant awards for use by the winning teachers made payable to their respective schools.
- $10,000 Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry designated for programs specifically centered around poetry.
- $2,500 in Penguin Random House titles for their respective schools.
- Ten $500 runner-up grant awards for use by the winning teachers made payable to their respective schools.
- Transportation, lodging and conference registration for the $10,000 grant recipient to attend the Penguin Random House Awards event at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference.
- First Book will provide First Book Marketplace credits of $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place. First Book will also provide a $250 First Book Marketplace credit for the Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry. Non-eligible classrooms may donate their credit to a classroom of students in need.
- Multi-media coverage of the winning teachers and schools via the Penguin Random House website, press releases, and newsletters

Full-time or part-time teachers in USA public schools, who teach in grades K-12, are eligible to apply.

Teachers at private and parochial schools are not eligible.

Submit nominations by September 15, 2017. Winners will be notified via email by October 2, 2017 and will be announced at the NCTE Conference on November 16, 2017.

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Penguin Random House Teacher Awards
1745 Broadway; Mail Drop 14-A
New York, NY 10019

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