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Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts/MATELA
An affiliate of NCTE National Council of Teachers of English 1111W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, Illinois 61801-1096
Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts


MATELA Scholarships and Awards
(NCTE Awards are below.)

1. Montana Writing Project
Applications are available from:

Montana Writing Project
Department of English
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812

Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts (MATELA)
Professional Development Scholarship Awards

To support the professional development of its members, MATELA will fund up to three $500.00 scholarships available for members in good standing. Applicants for Professional Development Scholarships must have been active MATELA members for at least three years or have a paid up membership for three years, must have an administrator recommend professional leave, if applicable, and must submit application materials to the current MATELA President or Awards Chair at least three months prior to the event date.

PD Scholarships are intended to help offset the expenses associated with attending a national or regional National Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (NCTE) convention or conference, National Writing Project (NWP) workshops or summer institutes—such as the Montana or the Yellowstone Writing Project, or Indian Education for All (IEFA) focused seminars and training. Recipients of the scholarship may have some responsibilities at the conference and are expected to write an article for the UPDATE or Montana English Journal (MEJ) about their experiences AND conduct a workshop session, either at the school, district, or state level, to share their learning. The annual October Educators’ Conference is the preferred venue for this workshop. Complete and send the MATELA Professional Development Scholarship form to the MATELA Awards Chair

MATELA Enrichment Grants (MEG)
Through the MATELA Enrichment Grant program, MATELA demonstrates value and respect for both the intellectual and the social needs of its members and the importance of maintaining a balance between the two. By providing financial support to help defray the costs of events and projects, a MEG gathers MATELA members and guest participants together to be educated, entertained, and inspired by activities outside their classrooms, while networking with other English/language arts colleagues. MATELA offers up to six MEGs of up to $500 each during its fiscal year (October 1 through September 30). For complete details and application process, see the MEG support page.

MATELA Local Membership Function Grants
Awarded in amounts of up to $500, these grants are offered to help offset the expenses associated with facilitating a focused discussion group or specialized workshop for English language arts teachers in a local area. The grant recipient may use funds to pay a guest speaker, rent a meeting room, and/or purchase food/refreshments. The grant recipient may invite all English language arts teachers in his/her region to promote MATELA membership and to provide MATELA services to members in the area for a one-time meeting or series of meetings (on-going writing or book discussion group). Application, letter, and follow-up article—complete with electronic pictures for publication—to report on the event are required.

*NOTE* MATELA will disburse scholarship and grant award funds in two installments, with the first payable upon evidence of conference attendance or event occurrence. That evidence will be sent to MATELA’s Treasurer, who will remit a check for 2/5 of the award amount. Within one year, recipients must fulfill the other stipulations of the award. Once these obligations have been met, the remaining award balance will be disbursed.

MATELA Distinguished Educator Award
This is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of a deserving colleague.
Criteria include instructional competency, involvement in school and community, and leadership roles. See the Distinguished Educator Nomination form for more information concerning criteria.

Complete Distinguished Educator Nominations form (PDF link) and send to:
Donna L. Miller
Box 1405
Chinook, MT 59523

NCTE Sponsored Awards for Students:

NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing. This program honors high school students for their superior writing. Students write during their junior year and receive recognition during their senior year. Writing excellence is based on students' samples of their best prose or verse and on impromptu themes that are written under supervision. Since 2000, more than 1,900 students have won the Achievement Award.
Achievement Awards in Writingis available from NCTE
Submissions due: Jan. 28. Results announced: October.

To nominate a student to write for this prestigious award, contact :
Dorothea Susag, Achievement Awards Coordinator.
561 4th Lane
Fairfield, Montana 59436

NCTE's Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM) honors exceptional student literary magazines from senior high, junior high, and middle schools in the United States, Canada, and from American schools abroad. The student magazines are evaluated with primary emphasis on literary aspects, although production values and the extent of student participation in production are also factors.
More PRESLM Information is available through NCTE, or PRESLM e:mail Submissions due: July 1. Results announced: February.
To submit a student literary magazine for this award, contact:
Cindy Osland, PRESLM Coordinator

NCTE's Promising Young Writers Program (PYW) honors excellent eighth-grade writers. Students submit a sample of their best work, as well as write an impromptu essay. This program recognizes the achievement of individual students, as well as the school and the school's teachers, programs, and instruction. Since 2000, nearly 2,000 students have participated in this program, with over 800 winning the honor.
More PWY Information is available through NCTE, or PYW e:mail Submissions due: Jan. 14. Results announced: May. • To submit a student's writing, please contact the Promising Young Writers Coordinator:  Dawn Sievers 
  Box 402,
Vaughn, MT  59487

NCTE Sponsored Awards for Teachers:

NCTE High School Teacher of Excellence. Annually, each affiliate will determine one person in that affiliate to receive this award from the Secondary Section. The purpose of the award is to recognize and celebrate high school classroom teachers. More NCTE High School Teacher of Excellence information is available through NCTE. Documentation, including resume, letters, and the form from the website, must be sent by May 1 of each year to the designated address on the form.

NCTE Leadership Development Award.
Annually, an affiliate may nominate an early career teacher (1-5 years experience) who has never attended an NCTE Annual Convention and who has demonstrated a capacity for professional leadership as well as a willingness to join and participate in the affiliate during the upcoming academic year. The award of $500 will help defray costs of attending the NCTE Annual Convention in the year it is given. The NCTE Leadership Development Award Submission Forms are found on the NCTE website at:NCTE Leadership Development Award Submission
The forms must be submitted to the
Division Director of Communications & Affiliate Services, NCTE,
1111 W. Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801;
fax: 217-278-3760,
no later than May 1 of the year of the award.


Glenda Skillen-Robison
2013 Distinguished Educator


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