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CEL Kent Williamson Exemplary Leader Award
Tom Romano teaches at Miami University, where he is the Heckert Professor of Literacy. For seventeen years he taught high school students. He spent four significant years teaching at Utah State University. His first book about teaching writing, Clearing the Way, appeared in 1987. His most recent book is Write What Matters (2015). In summers Tom teaches at the New Hampshire Literacy Institute at UNH. Among the teachers who have hurried him along are Milton White, Don Graves, Don Murray, and Thomas Newkirk. He caught the writing bug when he was twelve and hasn’t been able to shake it.
Nomination Deadline: March 1
Purpose: The award is given annually to an NCTE member who is an outstanding English language arts educator and leader.
Award Criteria: NCTE and CEL members are encouraged to nominate an exceptional leader who has had an ongoing impact on the profession through the following:
- Work that has focused on exceptional teaching and/or leadership practices;
- Contributions to the profession through involvement at the local, regional, and national levels;
- Presentations, workshops, and publications that have had an impact upon school leaders.
Candidates not selected for the year in which they are nominated will receive consideration for the next two years.
Award Specifics: The recipient receives a plaque, CEL Luncheon ticket, a one-year complimentary CEL membership, and the gift of a one-year complimentary CEL membership to present to a colleague. The recipient may also be invited to speak at the CEL Convention. The award is presented at the Sunday CEL Luncheon during the NCTE Annual Convention.
The CEL Kent Williamson Exemplary Leader Award is named in honor of Kent D. Williamson (1957-2015), who served as NCTE’s Executive Director from 2000-2015.
Nomination Materials: All nominations must contain the Nomination Form, at least two letters of recommendation, and the candidate’s curriculum vitae.Nomination Form
Judging: The CEL Award Committee determines the recipient from the nominations submitted within the calendar year. For full consideration, award applications must be received no later than March 1. Candidates not selected for the year in which they are nominated will receive consideration for the next two years.
CEL Kent Williamson Exemplary Leader Award Winners
2016 Carol Jago, University of California, Los Angeles
2015 Penny Kittle, Kennett High School, North Conway, NH
2014 Douglas B. Fisher, University of San Diego, CA