Big Universe, a champion of literacy, reminds schools and program administrators that only two weeks remain to nominate educators for the 2013 Toyota Teacher of the Year award for family literacy. The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) will accept applications through Feb. 13 for the award, which is worth $20,000 for the recipient’s literacy program. The winning teacher will also receive a free trip to the National Conference on Family Literacy to be held April 28-30 in Louisville, Ky.
Those nominating an educator should fill out the NCFL’s online application. Schools and community organizations may nominate no more than two candidates for recognition.
Applicants will be assessed on the following criteria:
- Service to families and communities with high literacy and socioeconomic needs.
- Service through a family literacy program, Title I school, preschool, library, or other literacy-minded community group.
- A record of high performance, plus a novel idea to expand their program to better engage parents in their children’s education.
A runner-up will be given a scholarship to the NCFL conference, as well as a $2,500 grant for his or her family literacy program. NCFL has teamed with Toyota to promote literacy in the United States since 1991.
Big Universe promotes family literacy through its engaging online educational community and has done so since the platform launched in 2006. The website engages and motivates students while meeting the diverse needs of educators, parents, and even adult ESL readers. Big Universe also supports the new Common Core State Standards Initiative by aligning with College and Career Readiness anchor standards in reading, writing, language, speaking, and listening.