NYSEC Awards Program

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About the NYSEC Awards

The New York State English Council understands that educators involved with professional organizations are more informed about current information on national and local programs and initiatives. The programs and awards supported by NYSEC provide opportunities for professional leadership, promote excellence in English education, and foster collegiality and camaraderie among ELA educators throughout New York State. These programs and awards are the heart of our mission. These programs and awards help keep NYSEC educators informed, enthusiastic, and unified. We encourage everyone to help us celebrate the outstanding teachers, students, mentors, and programs that we have in districts all across the state.

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NOTE: All awards applications are due / postmarked by April 15th.

Programs of Excellence in English Language Arts

In 1991 the New York State English Council instituted a program to recognize Outstanding English/Language Arts Programs throughout New York State. We are looking for unique and effective programs which have been in place for at least three years and which have enriched English Language Arts instruction by offering creative opportunities for students and teachers.

The chosen programs will be designated “Programs of Excellence” and will be announced in June. The Council will honor award winners at a luncheon at the annual NYSEC Conference on Friday afternoon.

The program winners will also be publicized in the NYSEC newsletter. The winners will also present a workshop at the Conference.

Educators of Excellence

Each year the New York State English Council recognizes excellence in teaching by presenting Awards at its annual conference to English Language Arts educators nominated by their schools and then selected by the Council.

Only one nomination per building and/or level (elementary, middle, secondary, college and administration/supervision) may be submitted.

There must be a NYSEC member in the school/district. The nominee must be a full-time educator, currently employed and have at least 3 years teaching or administrative/supervisory experience.

It is the responsibility of the nominator to submit all materials at the same time, and the nomination form and documentation must be submitted by April 15th. All materials become the property of NYSEC unless they are retrieved at Friday’s Awards Luncheon.

The Council will honor award winners at a luncheon at the annual NYSEC Conference on Friday afternoon.

Collaborators of Excellence

The New York State English Council recognizes excellence in team teaching by presenting Awards at its annual conference to two educators, at least one of whom is an English Language Arts teacher, nominated by their schools and then selected by the Council. The team must teach at least one course together for which they share instructional responsibility equally.

Only one nomination per building and/or level (elementary, middle, secondary, college and administration/supervision) may be submitted. There must be a NYSEC member in the school/district. The nominees must be full-time educators, currently employed and have at least 3 years teaching or administrative/supervisory experience.

It is the responsibility of the nominator to submit all materials at the same time. The nomination form and documentation must be submitted by April 15th. All materials become the property of NYSEC unless they are retrieved at Friday’s Awards Luncheon.

The Council will honor award winners at a luncheon at the annual NYSEC Conference on Friday afternoon.

Mini-Grants

The New York State English Council is pleased to announce its sixteenth annual Mini-Grant Awards Program. The objective of this program is to award a $500 grant to NYSEC members who are willing to create, explore, or enrich instruction in English Language Arts. Mini-grant projects could address:
• Multicultural literature
• Teacher education
• Staff development
• Alternative assessment
• Teaching children at risk
• Work with the Common Core Standards
• Technology in the ELA classroom
• Research in the teaching of reading, writing, listening, speaking
• Interdisciplinary studies
• Integration of the language arts
• Inclusion of children with special needs

Winners of the Mini-Grant Awards will be notified in early June and will receive their grants by June 30th. Projects should begin no later than the end of September. Award winners must present their programs at the October Conference AND / OR submit manuscripts describing their programs to The English Record as a condition of receiving the Mini-Grant Award.

Dr. Ruth E. Everett Award

Each year, the New York State English Council honors one or more cooperating teachers and/or mentors who have mentored future English language arts teachers in student teaching or intern programs. This award is in memory of Dr. Ruth E. Everett, a longtime NYSEC member and Past President, who was an outstanding mentor for future English language arts teachers in her forty-three year career teaching in New York City schools and at SUNY Oswego.

To submit the name of a cooperating teacher/mentor who has worked with your college/university in a particularly noteworthy way, complete the online application or send the paperwork as per the instructions on the downloadable form. Only one nomination from each college may be submitted. The nominee must be a full-time English language arts educator who has served five years as a cooperating teacher for at least five student teachers or three years as a cooperating mentor with a year-long intern program. The educator may teach at the elementary, middle, or secondary level.

The Council will honor award winners at a luncheon at the annual NYSEC Conference on Friday afternoon.