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NCTE Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award
2019 Award Winner: David E. Kirkland, New York University
David E. Kirkland is a professor of English and urban education at New York University, where he also serves as the executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. A leading national scholar and advocate for education justice, Dr. Kirkland has spent decades analyzing the cultures, languages, and texts of urban youth, using critical mixed methods approaches to answer questions that center equity in classrooms and beyond. He has received many awards for his work, including the 2014 NCTE David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English.
The NCTE Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award (APCL), established in 2007 and first presented in 2008, is a special award given to an NCTE member of color who has made a significant contribution to NCTE and the development of our professional community.
Frequency/Number of Awards:
This award will be bestowed only when the APCL Selection Committee decides a nomination warrants presentation of the award. The composition of the selection committee includes POC from various groups within the Council, e.g., caucuses, affiliate groups, and assemblies. This award may not be given each year. This award may be given to a deceased person.
People of color refers to historically underrepresented groups: African American, Black Diasporic communities, American Indians, Asian Americans, Latinx, and Pacific Islanders. The APCL Selection Committee will consider nominations from current NCTE members. The Executive Committee will approve the committee’s selection. It is customary that winners of this award have a significant history of advancing POC in NCTE-affiliated venues and platforms and have held membership in NCTE for many years.
The bold statements are the award criteria. The remaining statements are intended to describe some of the possibilities suggested in the criteria and are not intended to be rated individually. Please remember that different individuals have different levels of access to various opportunities (for example, small rural and urban vs. large rural and urban contexts).
Significant Contributions to NCTE:
- Service contributions supporting NCTE and advancing individuals and communities of color (national, regional, local, and campus levels as well as conferences, affiliates, assemblies, caucuses, etc.)
- Elected roles
- Advocacy and program support
- Writing/presenting/editing/reviewing at NCTE-affiliated conferences/publication venues that contribute to literacy research, development, and innovative practice related to issues which disproportionately affect people of color
Development of Our Professional Community:
Professional communities focused on activities/work/processes that promote and support the advancement of communities of color in the profession, contribute to promoting equity and dismantling racism in their community locally, nationally, and in NCTE, in literacy-related activities, and in public engagement. Literacy learning can be varied (e.g., global, national, regional, and local/campus)
- Developing district/state/national curriculum
- (Co-)research with community members
- (Co-)publish with community members
- Advocacy of policy and practices that influence and advance understanding of equity
- Professional development
- Offer professional development school/training for community members
Strong candidates tend to show strength in all areas.
The NCTE President appoints one Executive Committee member to serve as Chair and four NCTE members-at-large from relevant NCTE groups.
- A plaque is given to the recipient during an awards ceremony which takes place at the NCTE Annual Convention.
- The recipient will also receive:
- A complimentary NCTE Annual Convention registration
- Domestic round-trip coach airfare to the NCTE Annual Convention
- One-night lodging (Friday) with meals
Nominations from NCTE members should be submitted by June 1 to NCTEAwards@ncte.org.
Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award Winners
2018 Valerie Kinloch, University of Pittsburgh
2017 Alfredo Celedón Luján, Monte del Sol Charter School, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2016 Kris D. Gutierrez, University of California, Berkeley
2015 Violet J. Harris, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
2014 Keith Gilyard, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
2013 Vivian Vasquez, American University, Washington, DC
2012 Geneva Smitherman, Michigan State University, East Lansing
2011 James L. Hill, Albany State University, Georgia
2010 Maria Franquiz, University of Texas, Austin
2009 Arnetha Ball, Stanford University, Stanford, California
2008 Victor Villanueva, Washington State University, Pullman