The newly created Penguin Random House partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) will recognize the nation’s most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a lifelong love of reading and poetry in students. Built upon the Penguin Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy which began in 2012 and awarded more than $150,000 teacher grants to date, this NCTE partnership will award two separate and distinct grant awards each awarding a $10,000 grant.
The National Teacher Award for Lifelong Readers will honor a teacher who inspires their students to read all genres of writing while the Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry will honor Ms. Angelou’s legacy by recognizing a teacher who inspires their students to love poetry. In addition, honorable mentions will receive book donations for their classrooms from Penguin Random House.
The program’s nominations are open to full- and part-time teachers in public schools across the United States. Winners are awarded cash grants and book donations to help further their innovative reading programs and to disseminate them to other teachers around the country. All award recipients are announced at the NCTE conference annually each year in November. For a full understanding of the application criteria and awards click here.