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CEL Innovative Leadership Award
2018 Winner: Jill Williams
Jill Williams is a secondary English language arts and social studies curriculum specialist for Westerville City Schools and an adjunct lecturer at The Ohio State University in the School of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Williams taught high school English for 16 years and was awarded 2011 Teacher of the Year at Westerville Central High School. She is a coauthor and editor of Acting Out!: Combating Homophobia and Heterosexism in Schools, recognized in 2010 as an “Outstanding Academic Title” by the American Library Association and winner of the National Association of Multicultural Education Philip C. Chinn book award, and is coauthor of Stepping Up! Teachers Advocating for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools (2018). Current projects include facilitating middle school book clubs for girls of color and a peer reading program using diverse books with elementary and middle school students. Dr. Williams currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.
The award was presented at the Opening Session during the CEL Annual Convention in Houston, Texas.
Nomination Deadline: March 1
Purpose: The CEL Innovative Leadership Award recognizes an early- or mid-career leader and NCTE member who has shown innovative leadership at the local, regional, and/or national level or for innovative approaches to teaching and/or professional development through new and progressive methods and delivery models.
Award Criteria: The award recipient should exemplify the following:
- Innovative leadership activities that impact local and/or regional and/or national teaching practices;
- Innovative approaches to teaching and/or professional development through new and progressive methods and delivery models.
Award Specifics: The recipient receives a certificate, which is presented at the CEL Annual Convention.
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, nominations must be received no later than March 1.
CEL Innovative Leadership Award Winners
2017 Thomas Marshall, Stony Lane Elementary, Paramus, NJ
2016 Kristen Hawley Turner, Fordham University, New York, NY
2015 Alan Brown, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
2014 Meenoo Rami, Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, PA