The Penguin Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy program recognizes the nation’s most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in students. Since 2012, we have honored more than 50 teachers for their passion and inspiration creating literary programs that are making a real difference for their students and classrooms while building a strong community of readers. In 2016, the Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry was created to honor of Maya Angelou’s legacy. The $10,000 award specifically focuses on recognizing educators who believe in the power of poetry and have successfully created programs that have created a love for poetry within their students. The program’s nominations are open to full- and part-time teachers in public schools across the United States. Winners are awarded cash grants and book donations to help further their innovative reading programs and to disseminate them to other teachers around the country. All award recipients are announced at the NCTE conference annually each year in November. For a full understanding of the application criteria and awards click here.