National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators

Fall Awards Criteria

To apply: Find the grant application form at this page 


1.  

The Taylor & Francis/NAECTE Foundation Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator
Award criteria: Must be a current member of NAECTE. Must be nominated by an NAECTE member. Nomination materials should clearly demonstrate the nominee’s: 

  • Leadership, as evidenced by providing direction, energy, organization, and efforts aimed at improving early childhood teacher education;  
  • Professionalism, as demonstrated through advocacy, expertise, and high ethical standards; 
  • Self-Reflection Practices, through the conscious commitment to the profession and to her/his own professional development;  
  • Mentoring, by modeling dimensions of teaching that nurture the professional development of students, beginning teachers and faculty, and colleagues 
  • See OUTSTANDING EARLY CHILDOOD TEACHER EDUCATOR RUBRIC

As an incentive and recognition, the honorarium accompanying this award is $1000 and will be given by our sponsor at the awards ceremony. 

Materials included in the electronic submission: 

  • one letter of support
  • vita

2.

The Gryphon House/NAECTE Foundation Outstanding Early Childhood Practitioner Award
Award criteria:  Must currently be in a practitioner position in the field of early childhood education. Must be nominated by an NAECTE member. The submission/portfolio materials clearly and accurately convey the nominee’s commitment, dedication, knowledge, and implementation of early childhood education. The materials in the portfolio should explicitly demonstrate who the nominee is and what has been done to support student learning, families, and the school community. As an incentive and recognition, the honorarium accompanying this award is $1000, which our sponsor will give at the awards ceremony.

Electronic portfolio materials included in the submission (Word Document and the link to the video):

  1. A 1-page philosophy of education statement.
  2. A 1-page innovative/creative initiatives description developed to include family, school, and community to support student learning and family engagement.
  3. A 1-page description of instructional approaches (or mentoring/leadership approaches if not an educator working with children directly) (1 page),
  4. A one-page document answering the following prompts:
    • One thing that excites the nominee about ECE
    • One way the nominee has made an impact on ECE (can be through school, community, or broader impact)
    • What the nominee envisions for the future of ECE
  5. A 1-minute narrated classroom video (tour of the classroom/early childhood setting; no people should be included in the video),
  6. Two letters of support (e.g., supervisor, current parent, colleague, community leader, collaborator/community partner, etc.)
  7. Resume 
  8. See NAECTE foundation outstanding early childhood practitioner award 2024 rubric

3.

The Gryphon House/NAECTE Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award

Award Criteria: The dissertation must have been completed between May 1 of the previous year and the deadline of nominations (e.g.: May 1, 2023-July 15, 2024). A highly ranked dissertation accurately conveys to the reader a clear understanding of the nominee’s accomplishments and contributions to teacher education. Besides the strength in the vita and letter(s) of support, there is evidence that the dissertation was well planned and represents considerable reflection.  As an incentive and recognition, the honorarium accompanying this award is $750 and given by our sponsor at the awards ceremony. 

Materials include in the electronic submission: 


4.

The Taylor & Francis/NAECTE Foundation Student Travel Grants
Award criteria: Must be a graduate student and traveling to the conference. $500 honorarium is given at the awards ceremony.  


5. The NAECTE Foundation Advocacy Award
For more than thirty years, the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) has been a voice for quality early childhood teacher education that supports effective programming for young children. One of the primary intentions of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Foundation (NAECTEF) is advocacy for NAECTE goals. For that reason NAECTEF has created the NAECTEF Advocacy Award to recognize members who have demonstrated their effectiveness as advocates for programs and/or policies that support quality programming for young children. This award comes with a $500 honorarium. The following criteria will be used by the NAECTE Awards Committee to select the recipient of the NAECTEF Advocacy Award. The nominee must:

  • be an active member of NAECTE,
  • demonstrate LEADERSHIP in effective advocacy for quality early childhood teacher education that supports quality programming/policies for young children at the local, regional, state, national or international level,
  • serve as a MODEL and MENTOR for emerging and developing advocates focused on quality early childhood teacher education that supports quality programming/policies for young children at the local, regional, state, national or international level
  • for more information, see Evaluation Rubric.

Any member of NAECTE may nominate a fellow member of the organization for this award. Nominations are to be submitted electronically in Word format and are to include 2 or more separate documents. Label each file with the nominee’s last name.

  1. Nominee’s vita. Label the file with nominee’s last name_vita (e.g., Jones_vita)
  2. 2 Letter(s) of nomination. Label the file with the nominee’s last name_letter#1, nominee’s last name_letter#2. (e.g., Jones_letter#1, Jones_letter#2, etc.)

The person recognized with this award will be expected to present through poster or roundtable at the November conference.


6a/b. The NAECTE Foundation Grant Awards for Research on Early Childhood Teacher Education: a) Early Career Research Grant OR b) Established Career Research Grant
One of the goals of the NAECTE Foundation is to promote and support research projects related to early childhood teacher education. Many NAECTE members have developed their capacities as researchers by presenting at NAECTE conferences and writing for its journal. As an extra incentive and added recognition, the NAECTE Foundation offers two $2000 awards to encourage early childhood teacher educators to conduct research that will have relevance for practice, policy, or advocacy in the area of early childhood teacher education.

6a. The Early Career Research Grant is designated for current members who are non-tenured, full-time faculty with an earned doctorate and with up to and including 6 years of experience in a full-time faculty position. Applicants/nominees are eligible for funding for research that is in progress or that will begin at the time the award is received.

Applicants may apply individually or as an investigative team that designates a Principal Investigator. Other members of the team are Co-Investigators. If a team of applicants receives the award, the Principal Investigator is responsible for coordinating the research, receiving and administering the research award funds, and submitting annual reports.

Proposals must be focused on research on early childhood teacher education and must:

  • be evidence-based (as demonstrated by its rationale and research methods),
  • contribute to the knowledge base of early childhood teacher education, and
  • address issues of practice, policy or advocacy in the area of early childhood teacher education
  • for more information, see NACETE Early Career Research Rubric.

The following documentation will be needed in the electronic submission:

  1. The principal investigator’s curriculum vitae
  2. The title page that indicates that this is an application for the Early Career Research Award, the title of the proposal, the researcher’s name and complete contact information including email address and telephone numberThe names and affiliations of other members of the research team, if applicable. This should be the only place where the applicant’s identifying information appears.
  3. The research proposal (maximum 4 pages double spaced) that includes: the research question(s) and focus, the rationale for the research, research methods, a description of how this research is anticipated to increase the knowledge base of early childhood teacher education, and a statement describing how this funding would contribute to the applicant’s ability to achieve the project’s goals.
  4. A detailed budget showing how these NAECTEF funds would be used to support the project.

The award will be paid in two installments: half upon receipt of the award and half when the researcher(s) either presents her/his/their research at a professional meeting (e.g., NAECTE, NAEYC, AERA, or ACEI) or publishes it in a refereed professional journal.

The Principal Investigator is to 1) submit a written progress report to the NAECTEF President by November 1st of each year until the research is complete, and 2) notify the NAECTEF President of the particulars of presentations and publications based on research supported by this NAECTEF award.

The support provided by this NAECTEF award is to be acknowledged in all related presentations and publications.

 

6b. The Established Career Research Grant is designated for a current member with an earned doctorate who is tenured or has more than 6 years of experience in a full-time faculty position.
Applicants/Nominees are eligible for funding for research that is in progress or that will begin at the time the award is received.

Applicants may apply individually or as an investigative team that designates a Principal Investigator. Other members of the team are Co-Investigators. If a team of applicants receives the award, the Principal Investigator is responsible for coordinating the research, receiving and administering the research award funds, and submitting annual reports.

Proposals must be focused on research on early childhood teacher education and must:

  • be evidence-based (as demonstrated by its rationale and research methods),
  • contribute to the knowledge base of early childhood teacher education, and
  • address issues of practice, policy or advocacy in the area of early childhood teacher education
  • for more information, see NACETEF Established Career Research Rubric.

The following documentation will be needed in the electronic submission:

  1. The principal investigator’s curriculum vitae
  2. The title page that indicates that this is an application for the Established Career Research Award, the title of the proposal, the researcher’s name and complete contact information including email address and telephone number. The names and affiliations of other members of the research team, if applicable. This should be the only place where the applicant’s identifying information appears.
  3. The research proposal (maximum 4 pages double spaced) that includes: the research question(s) and focus, the rationale for the research, research methods, a description of how this research is anticipated to increase the knowledge base of early childhood teacher education, and a statement describing how this funding would contribute to the applicant’s ability to achieve the project’s goals.
  4. A detailed budget showing how these NAECTEF funds would be used to support the project. The Principal Investigator is to 1) submit a written progress report to the NAECTEF President by November 1st of each year until the research is complete, and 2) to notify the NAECTEF President of the particulars of presentations and publications based on research supported by this NAECTEF award.

The award will be paid in two installments: half upon receipt of the award and half when the researcher(s) either presents her/his/their research at a professional meeting (e.g., NAECTE, NAEYC, AERA, or ACEI) or publishes it in a refereed professional journal.

The support provided by this NAECTEF award is to be acknowledged in all related presentations and publications.

Past recipients of the NAECTE Foundation Research Award are found at the Past Award Recipient page.


7. The NAECTE Foundation Doctoral Scholarship
One of the goals of the NAECTE Foundation is to promote and support promising scholarship related to early childhood teacher education. As a means of promoting the growth of leadership and scholarship in the field, NAECTEF seeks to assist doctoral students in completing dissertation research that enriches the field by addressing critical issues and/or innovative practice. As an extra incentive and added recognition, the NAECTE Foundation is offering a $1,000 award plus doctoral student membership in NAECTE to encourage doctoral students to conduct research that has implications for early childhood teacher education or early childhood professional development. The award funds are to be used to support data collection and completion of the dissertation. In addition to a vita, title page, prospectus, and budget, the application must include a brief statement of endorsement from any current member of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators who is a committee member or chair on a doctoral committee. The applicant must have passed the comprehensive/graduate exam and has an approved prospectus with a focus on early childhood teacher education. The prospectus should demonstrate high promise as a scholarly contribution. 

The award will be paid in two installments: two thirds upon receipt of the award and one third when the student successfully completes the dissertation and either makes a presentation of the research at an NAECTE conference or submits the manuscript for publication in JECTE. The award recipient will send the NAECTEF President an annual written progress report after the award and until the research is complete. The award winner will agree to list the award whenever he/she publishes the data or presents the study.

Nominee proposals must be focused on research in early childhood teacher education or early childhood professional development and must:

  • be evidence-based (both rationale and data collection),
  • contribute to issues and/or innovations in early childhood teacher education, and
  • demonstrate scholarly promise of making an impact in early childhood teacher education
  • for more information, see The NAECTE Foundation Doctoral Scholarship Rubric.

Applications will consist of:

  1.  a curricular vita or resume,
  2.  a title page with the title of the prospectus, the student’s name and contact information,
  3.  a budget detailing the use of the funds for data collection,
  4.  a four-page, approved prospectus that includes: the research questions(s) and focus, the rationale for the research, methods of research, how this research addresses issues and innovations in early childhood teacher education or early childhood professional development, and a projected timeline,
  5.  an indication as to whether the study will be presented at an NAECTE conference or submitted to JECTE for publication, and
  6.  one brief statement of endorsement from a doctoral committee chair or member who is an early childhood teacher educator or a child development or family life professor.

Past recipients of the Doctoral Scholarship are found at the Past Award Recipient page.


8. The Taylor & Francis/NAECTE Foundation Outstanding JECTE Journal Article
Taylor & Francis also sponsors the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education (JECTE) Outstanding Article Award. The editor, in cooperation with members of the editorial board, selects the winning article.


Past Award Recipients