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Random House Bertelsmann, in partnership with The Random House Foundation, Inc. will present its Teacher Awards for Literacy this year at the November National Council of Teacher of English (NCTE) conference.  The awards recognize innovative projects in support of cultivating literacy and lifelong readers.

The Random House teacher awards recognize the nation’s most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in students.

The winning teachers will be awarded grants to help make their innovative reading programs possible.

  • First Place $10,000
  • Second Place $5,000
  • Third Place $2,500

The awards will be presented by National Book Award (NBA) winning author Jonathan Kozol at the NCTE conference on November 16, 2012.

Winners will be notified in advance of the annual NCTE meeting.  In addition to the giant monies noted above, the First Place winner’s conference registration, travel and lodging will be covered.

For details go to http://www.randomhouse.com/teacherawards/PDFs/Teachers%20Awards%20Guidelines.pdf


  • Eligibility:  Fulltime or part-time teacher of students in grades K-12; teachers in public schools in the United States (private and parochial schools are not eligible)
  • Criteria (must meet all or some):  Teachers who foster a passion and love of reading through programs and curricula that are innovative  (perhaps multimedia, interdisciplinary, or interactive), original and have measurable success; who take risks in presenting books and literature in a unique way; who are committed to reluctant readers and are visionary in methods of reaching them; who create distinctive programs and activities that support and promote a community of readers.
  • Award: $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 grant awards for use by the teacher and made payable to their respective schools; $2,500 in Random House Inc. titles for their respective schools; transportation, lodging and conference registration to attend the Awards breakfast at the NCTE conference in Las Vegas on Nov. 16, 2012 to the First Place winner only; multimedia coverage of the winning teachers and schools via the Random House, Inc website, press releases and newsletters.
  • Evaluation: The Foundation’s Director and consulting educators will review all applications and send the strongest to a committee of selected Random House executives, authors and educators who will determine final winners; winners to be announces by October 15, 2012 and posted at www.randomhouse.com/teacherawards.
  • Application process: Complete the Application Form — either the “self-nominating section” or the “nominating someone else” section; attach two letters of support, each not to exceed one page, one from parent or student and the other from a supervisor or peer (if nominated by someone else supervisor or peer letter is not necessary); attach professional resume; submit by September 1, 2012. 

Jonathan Kozol

Jonathan Kozol is the National Book Award-winning author of “Death at an Early Age.”  On that day he will also discuss and sign his new book “Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the  Poorest Children in America,” which draws on his decades of work with children in inner-city schools.


Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH: Adrienne Edwards  614-579-6021 or email aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com  


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