Thursday, May 14, 2015

Prestigious Award Available for Montana Teachers

This in from Ken Egan at Humanities Montana:

Are you a K-12 educator who teaches Western American literature with exceptional skill and commitment? Apply for the inaugural Western Literature Association Educator Award! You can find  application requirements here. The deadline is July 1. Montana teachers rock—let’s share that excellence with the Western Literature Association.

More about the award below, copied from the Western Literature Association Website:

The Western Literature Association and the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies are sponsoring three K-12 Teaching Awards that will provide teachers with the opportunity to attend and present at the Western Literature Association Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada, October 14-17, 2015. Selected teachers will share their lesson plans and teaching strategies at the conference on a K-12 Teaching Panel.

The award will include conference registration, award banquet ticket, and $500 toward conference related costs such as hotel and airfare. Continuing Education credit may be available. Please check with your district’s professional development office.

Required application materials
•  Resume
•  Instructional Plan (K-12, any level)
•  Teaching Statement (how the Instructional Plan contributes to your teaching goals)
•  One letter of support (from principal, administrator, or colleague)

Instructional plans may focus on any author or theme related to the literature of the American West, broadly defined. The following topics and approaches are encouraged:
•  Women writers of the American West
•  American Indian authors
•  Latina/o authors
•  Environmental writing
•  Creative approaches to teaching the “canonical” authors of the American West
•  Interdisciplinary approaches and approaches that integrate visual culture

You'll need to use this instructional plan format and instructional plan rubric when preparing your application materials.

Deadline for submission: July 1, 2015

Please direct all questions and applications to Randi Tanglen.

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