CLAS Early Career Teaching Grant

Deadline: October 1

The Colorado Language Arts Society annually awards up to two $500 grants to support and encourage early career English Language Arts teachers. Each award also includes complimentary registration for the CLAS Fall Conference and the Colorado Teen Literature Conference.


This grant is open to current members of CLAS that reside in Colorado and meet one of the following criteria:
  • In an English/Language Arts teacher preparation program 
  • In an elementary teacher education program 
  • In the first three years of an English/Language Arts teaching position 

To join CLAS or renew your membership, please go to the Membership page on this site.


To apply, please submit a copy of each of the following to Amy Gutierrez Baker at :

  • A completed Early Career Grant Application;
  • Two letters of recommendation addressing your current and/or potential strengths as an English/Language Arts teacher;
  • An original essay (maximum 800 words; typed and double-spaced; 12 pt. font) that addresses (1) why you have chosen a career in education; and (2) how this grant will make you a better teacher.