As a professional organization, NCTE is committed to the development of excellent literacy education through all grade levels. Approximately 8 million students in grades 4-12 are reading below grade level, and limited literacy skills cause 3,000 students to drop out of high school every school day. While the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001 triggered highly publicized reports on low levels of reading achievement in America’s elementary schools, middle and high school students face different but no less important literacy challenges.
NCTE Position Statements
Read about the NCTE Guideline for Preparing Teachers with Knowledge of Children's and Adolescent Literature.
Adolescen t Literacy: A Policy Research Brief
This NCTE Policy Research Brief offers updates on research with implications for policy decisions that affect teaching and learning in the area of adolescent literacy. Research Clips are short research-based responses to questions about practice and is a supplement to this policy brief.
NCTE Principles of Adolescent Literacy Reform
This policy research brief delineates the problems of adolescent literacy and outlines reforms NCTE has identified as necessary to address them.
The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN) promotes communication and cooperation among all individuals who have a special interest in adolescent literature, presents programs and conferences on this subject, promotes and increases the number of articles and publications devoted to it and integrates the efforts of all those with an interest in this literature. Members receive three issues annually of The ALAN Review, a journal emphasizing new books, research, and methods of teaching adolescent literature.
For information, visit the ALAN Web page at http://www.alan-ya.org/ or contact Gary Salvner, Executive Secretary. Annual dues are $20, $30 for institutions, and $10 for students. The ALAN address is ALAN, P.O. Box 234, Campbell, Ohio 44405-0234.
Adolescent Literacy Pathways is a yearlong professional development experience that helps teachers, schools, and districts address the unique needs of adolescent learners with content on key areas such as 21st century literacy, closing the achievement gap, testing, and accountability.
NCTE Consultants Specializing in Adolescent Literacy
Bring an experienced NCTE consultant to your school to engage your staff in a workshop or presentation on adolescent literacy topics today!
NCTE Web Seminars
Whether you're participating on your own or planning professional development for an early-release day, you'll find these desktop sessions informative, interactive, and a great value especially since everyone in your school can participate through one connection. Attend a live virtual event or sign up to recive the CD recording of the event and all the resources asssociated with it.