Philippa Stratton named “Outstanding Educator” by NCTE

March 17th, 2010

Stenhouse editorial director Philippa Stratton has been named Outstanding Educator in the English Language Arts for 2010 by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The award, which will be presented to Stratton at the NCTE annual convention in November, recognizes a distinguished national or international educator who has made major contributions to the field of language arts in elementary education.

Stratton, who co-founded Stenhouse in 1993 with her husband Tom Seavey, was honored for her decades of work “shaping some of the most important innovations in literacy education, including whole language, readers’ and writers’ workshop, reading comprehension strategies, literature circles, and literacy centers.” Prior to starting Stenhouse, Stratton worked in the London offices of Heinemann and moved to the U.S. where she and Seavey began to develop Heinemann’s publishing in the field of literacy education.

In announcing the award, NCTE highlighted the enormous impact the books Stratton has edited have had on education: “With her quiet, behind the scenes work spanning decades, Philippa Stratton has dramatically influenced the profession of English language arts.”

“I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful authors and colleagues over the years,” Philippa said. “I see this award as a testament to the importance of giving teachers a platform to talk with, and learn from, one another. Tom and I founded Stenhouse to highlight the voices of individual teachers and I continue to be inspired by the creativity and commitment that teachers bring to  the huge challenges they face in teaching students to become independent readers, writers, and thinkers. And some even make the time to write about their work while in the midst of it — amazing!” 

The award will be presented at the NCTE convention in Orlando on November 18th by NCTE’s Elementary Section, which represents a diverse group of teachers, literacy coaches, reading and special education interventionists, teacher educators, and school administrators interested in literacy development and in literacy teaching at the elementary school level.

Read more about the award on the NCTE site.


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rose  |  March 18th, 2010 at 5:32 am

    Congratulations, Philippa! What a wonderful tribute to you and the your work in forming the Stenhouse family.

  • 2. Gresham  |  March 21st, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Congratulations! What an incredible honor!

  • 3. Philippa Stratton «&hellip  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 5:30 am

    […] 22, 2010 I was thrilled to learn from Franki at A Year of Reading that Philippa Stratton is to receive the NCTE Outstanding Educator in the English Language Arts Award.  Philippa was the […]

  • 4. Monica Edinger  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Congratulations, Philippa! Well, well, well deserved.

  • 5. Our very own Outstanding &hellip  |  October 7th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    […] In March we told you that Stenhouse editorial director Philippa Stratton will receive this year’s Outstanding Educator Award from NCTE. As the conference approaches, NCTE published an interview with Philippa in the October issue of The Council Chronicle. Philippa talks about how she got started in the educational publishing business, recalls the early days of Stenhouse, and gives a glimpse of up and coming teacher-authors. Visit Stenhouse at booth #717 to congratulate Philippa! […]

  • 6. Leslie Schwarz  |  February 11th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Phillipa: Just came across this – Congratulations to a brilliant woman and important contributor to advancing educational techniques. Truly a maverick in your field!

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