The National Book Foundation (NBF) Teacher Fellowship supports and celebrates 6th-12th grade teachers using innovative methods to make reading for pleasure a part of their students’ school day experience. The NBF Teacher Fellowship aims to:
As part of the Fellowship, teachers develop or continue an initiative that promotes reading for pleasure in their classroom, incorporate National Book Award-honored titles into their curriculum, and collaborate with other Fellows through participation in a professional learning community, including an in-person convening in New York City.
Applications for the 2023/24 National Book Foundation Teacher Fellowship are now closed, and notifications have been sent.
Applications for the 2024/25 school year will open in February 2024 (date subject to change). Interested applicants may review the Program & Application Details; full details will be posted in early 2024.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Deputy Director Jordan Smith at email@example.com.
Churchill High School
San Antonio, TX
9th & 10th grade English Language Arts
Tapp Middle School
Powder Springs, GA
6th-8th grade Reading
Oskaloosa High School
9th-12th grade Spanish
George McGovern Middle School
Sioux Falls, SD
6th-8th grade Special Education
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Shawnee Middle School
6th grade English Language Arts
Science Leadership Academy
9th-12th grade English Language Arts
Bronx Park Middle School
8th grade Social Studies
Rodrigo Joseph Rodriguez
William Charles Akins Early College High School
11th & 12th grade English Language Arts
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If selected as a Fellow, you will receive:
Note: other than the May/June convening in NYC, all cohort activities will take place virtually.
If selected as a Fellow, you are expected to:
In line with the overall goals of the NBF Teacher Fellowship, proposed projects should:
Additionally: Activities must be offered at no financial cost to participating students.
NBF welcomes creative, innovative, and diverse approaches to engaging students with reading for pleasure during the school day; the National Book Foundation aims to support the excellent work of teachers, and therefore is not providing a prescriptive approach to projects. In your application, you should be sure to clearly explain how your project meets the overall goals of the NBF Teacher Fellowship, as outlined above, and articulate why it’s an effective approach for your students.