NEW YORK, March 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Penguin Random House and NCTE announce a new partnership to recognize the nation's most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a lifelong love of reading in students. Two teachers will be awarded $10,000 grants to help make their innovative reading programs possible. In addition, honorable mentions will receive book donations for their classrooms from Penguin Random House.
The National Teacher Award for Lifelong Readers will honor a teacher who inspires their students to read all genres of writing; the Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry will honor Ms. Angelou's legacy by recognizing a teacher who inspires their students to love poetry.
"Teachers are the strength and fabric of our society. Their commitment and passion are essential in opening the world to their students and helping them achieve their goals and pursue their dreams. Through this new partnership with NCTE, we are able to go beyond the books we publish and celebrate exceptional teachers with grants that support their critical work," said Jaci Updike, President of Sales of Penguin Random House US.
Open to full and part-time teachers in public schools across the United States, the award application opens March 4, 2019, and the grant recipients will be announced at NCTE's Annual Convention on November 21, 2019, in Baltimore, Maryland.
"In a profession that must continually evolve to meet the changing demands of literacy education, recognizing and supporting the innovators in our field is essential. These grants can make so many things happen in a teacher's classroom and community, and we appreciate the generosity of Penguin Random House in making them possible," said NCTE Executive Director Emily Kirkpatrick. "Shining a light on teachers and approaches that engage students to become readers can have an exponential impact."
More information, including the application and program guidelines, may be found here.
Penguin Random House, the world's largest trade book publisher, is dedicated to its mission of nourishing a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers everywhere. The company, which employs more than 10,000 people globally, was formed on July 1, 2013, by Bertelsmann and Pearson, who own 75 percent and 25 percent, respectively. With nearly 275 independent imprints and brands on five continents, Penguin Random House comprises adult and children's fiction and nonfiction print and digital English- and Spanish-language trade book publishing businesses in more than 20 countries worldwide. With over 15,000 new titles, and more than 600 million print, audio and eBooks sold annually, Penguin Random House's publishing lists include more than 80 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world's most widely read authors.
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is the nation's most comprehensive literacy organization, supporting more than 25,000 teachers across the preK–college spectrum. Each year this support is driven by research-based position statements that shape understanding and policy, the publication of 46 peer-reviewed journals and more than a dozen professional books, and an Annual Convention that features 250 authors, 600 concurrent sessions, and 7,000+ attendees. NCTE is the home of the National Day on Writing®, the popular teaching resource ReadWriteThink.org, and Build Your Stack®, a new initiative focused exclusively on helping teachers build their book knowledge and their classroom libraries. Through the expertise of its members, NCTE has served at the forefront of every major improvement in the teaching and learning of English and the language arts since 1911. www.ncte.org
Claire von Schilling
Penguin Random House
National Council of Teachers of English
SOURCE National Council of Teachers of English