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Teacher Awards for Literacy

Awards to USA K-12 Teachers for
Creative Literacy Programs

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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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174837

Number of Grants:

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

Estimated Size of Grant:

- $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 $250 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 in Houston, TX November 15, 2018, .
- 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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Teachers at private and parochial schools are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline is June 1, 2018.

Winners will be notified via email by September 15, 2018 and announced at the NCTE Conference on November 15, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Submit nominations electronically to:

Penguin Random House contacts:

Claire von Schilling

Melanie Fallon-Houska

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming