Grants and Awards from CLAS and NCTE

The Colorado Language Arts Society offers lots for teachers across the state.  Perhaps you or your colleagues would be interested in the below grant and award opportunities.  Many of these don’t get awarded for lack of participation! Just go to CLAS’s website for more information.

CLAS Student Writing Awards

For: K through 12th grade students in Colorado

Entry deadline: May 31

Application:  More info here.

Current Colorado Language Arts Society members may submit up to three total student entries in each of four categories – Narrative, Informative, Opinion/Argument, and Poetry – for consideration of publication. Winners will be recognized at the Regional Conference.


Kirby Instructional Grant

For: K-12 classroom project with an innovative approach to teaching writing

Entry deadline: October 1

Application: Kirby Writing Matters Grant

The Colorado Language Arts Society honors teacher, writer, and CLAS leader Dan Kirby, who teaches with passion and innovation, by offering a $200 grant in his name to a K-12 classroom teacher. Grant money is to be used to complete a project with an innovative approach to teaching writing. The grants are awarded at the Regional Conference in October.


NCTE High School Teacher of Excellence

For: high school teachers

Entry deadline: May 1

Application: High School Teacher of Excellence Award

Do you have a high school colleague who deserves recognition for excellence in teaching? If so, please nominate him or her to receive the NCTE Secondary Section Teacher of Excellence Award. Each affiliate of NCTE is encouraged to identify one teacher for the award; winners will be honored at the Secondary Section Luncheon at the annual NCTE Convention in November. Nominating letters may be from a colleague, supervisor, administrator, parent, or student.


NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award

For: an individual, group, or institution advancing the cause of intellectual freedom

Entry deadline: February 1

Application: more information

SLATE (Support for the Learning and Teaching of English) is the NCTE Standing Committee that deals with legislative and censorship concerns. SLATE sponsors annual national and affiliate-based Intellectual Freedom Awards to honor those who merit recognition for advancing the cause of intellectual freedom. As a state affiliate of NCTE, CLAS may award an individual, a group, or an institution the Affiliate Intellectual Freedom Award each year. CLAS may nominate the local winner as a recipient for the national award.


Judith Gilbert Fellowship

For: a CLAS member currently or previously serving in a leadership position and a CLAS member intending to serve in a leadership position

Entry deadline: July 1

Application: Gilbert Fellowship

The Colorado Language Arts Society honors the spirit of leadership and professionalism embodied by the late Judith Decker Gilbert by encouraging anyone who has held a leadership position in CLAS to mentor a promising newcomer. The Colorado Writing Project provides funding for both recipients of the fellowship (a mentor and a mentee) to receive CLAS memberships for one year as well as paid registrations to two CLAS-sponsored events, a Writing Conference, Colorado Teen Literature Conference, or the CLAS Regional Conference. Recipients of the award will be introduced at the annual CLAS Regional Conference. The application form further describes qualification criteria and information about the required commitment of both the mentor and the intern.

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