Mercedes Bonner Leadership Award

The Mercedes Bonner Leadership Award (MBLA) is a special award given to a TCTELA member of a diverse background who has made a significant contribution to TCTELA or has actively and tirelessly supported our professional community or has advanced the awareness of multicultural issues.

Overview
This award established in 2011 honors Mercedes Bonner who served for more than a decade as chairperson of the Multicultural Awareness Committee of TCTELA until her death in 2008. 

It recognizes English Language Arts educators of diverse backgrounds for their profound influence on English language arts education, commitment to excellence in the teaching of English, and continued dedication to service and support of the mission and purpose of the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts.

Criteria for the Award
The Mercedes Bonner Leadership Award (MBLA) is a special award given to a TCTELA member of a diverse background who has made a significant contribution to TCTELA or has actively and tirelessly supported our professional community or has advanced the awareness of multicultural education.

The TCTELA Mercedes Bonner Leadership Award (MBLA) does not need to be awarded each year – this award should be bestowed only when the subcommittee decides that nominations warrant presentation of the award.

The award should be presented at the annual conference along with the presentation of other recognitions and awards.

Nature of the Award
- The recipient of the award will receive a plaque/award at the annual conference.
- The recipient of the award will be the TCTELA nominee for the NCTE Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award.

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