Classroom Library Grants for Early Career Teachers

National English Honor Society offers career teachers Classroom Library Grants designed to enhance the Society’s goals of

  • promoting interest in literature and language in the surrounding communities;
  • fostering all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, writing, and media; and
  • serving society by fostering literacy.

The Classroom Library Grants are also intended to support early career English teachers (1-5 years of teaching experience in English) who are either NEHS Advisors or who teach in a school with an active NEHS chapter. Current NEHS Advisors who apply are given priority; teachers from NEHS chapter schools are also eligible if funds remain. The grants, up to $400, are intended to help the newest members of the teaching profession to build classroom libraries; we particularly seek applications from teachers whose students have limited access to quality literature.

Take a look at the 2019-2020 NEHS Classroom Library Grant recipients‘ accounts of their experiences to see what opportunities may be available for you.

If You Build a Classroom Library, They Will Read

RRiggs-headRebecca Riggs
Classroom Library Grant Recipient, 2019-2020
Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Chapter, Advisor
Klein Cain High School, Klein, TX

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Books are Our Passports to the World

LLeonhardt-headLiza Leonhardt
Classroom Library Grant Recipient, 2019-2020
Cy-Lakes 451: The Fire Fighters Chapter, Advisor
Cy-Lakes High School, Katy, TX

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NEHS Classroom Library Grants

Eligibility Categories

The Classroom Library Grants are broken down into two different eligibility categories.

  • Tier I: Early career English language arts teachers who are also serving as NEHS Advisors of active chapters. Priority for grants is given to this category.
  • Tier II: Early career English language arts teachers who teach in a school with an active NEHS chapter. The required letter of support must come from the NEHS Advisor

Criteria For Selection

In choosing recipients, the Classroom Library Grant Committee will consider criteria such as the following:

  • Lack of economic and geographic access to books at your school, or another demonstrated need;
  • The explanation of how the classroom library envisioned will support your goals in alignment with the Society’s goals; and
  • Supervisory endorsement of your classroom library project; and
  • Tier I or Tier II status.

Deadline and Dates

Applications will be accepted through October 4, 2021, 11:59 p.m. CDT. Successful grant applicants will be announced in November with funds available in January 2022.

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