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Assembly for Advisers of Student Publications/ Journalism Education Association (AASP/JEA)
This assembly, which includes all members of the Journalism Education Association (JEA), serves advisers of student media, such as newspapers, yearbooks, websites, literary magazines, radio, and video, by supporting free and responsible scholastic journalism; by providing resources and educational opportunities; by promoting professionalism; by encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement; and by fostering an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity. To help advisers with these purposes, the assembly will provide a monthly e-newsletter, programs at NCTE conventions, and other helpful items from the Journalism Education Association Bookstore at JEA member prices. JEA members receive subscriptions to Communication: Journalism Education Today and the Student Press Law Center Report. Read more about JEA on their homepage at

For information, For information, contact Linda Puntney, JEA Headquarters, Kansas State University, 105 Kedzie Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506-1505; 785-532-5532. Annual dues are $60 for membership in JEA, which includes membership in the assembly.

Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning (AEPL)
The purposes of this assembly are to explore expanded perspectives on learning and their implications for and applications to English and language arts education; to encourage the development of research and classroom practices that focus on expanded conceptions of learning; to encourage articles, publications, and other communications on the subject; to present programs and projects on this subject; to provide an open forum for theorists, researchers, and practitioners to exchange ideas on the subject; and to integrate the efforts of those in various disciplines who have a common interest in the subject. Sample topics of interest are aesthetics, creativity, holistic learning, humanistic and transpersonal psychology, imagery, intuition, Jungian psychology, kinesthetic knowledge, learning styles, meditation, Rogerian theory, and visualization.

Read more about AEPL, including information about the organization; joining and membership fees; submitting to the journal JAEPL; attending conferences; and other opportunities to get involved,  at  Annual individual dues are $30, 3 yrs. - $75, 5 yrs. - $100.  For institutions: $30.

Assembly for Research (NCTEAR)
The purposes of this assembly are to promote inquiry into literacy practices and to consider continually what it means to engage in that inquiry; to provide opportunities for researchers in different sites and from different perspectives to come together to learn from one another; to encourage greater participation in research by teachers from all levels of schooling; to promote the growth of research and researchers through the forum provided by the Assembly for Research; to support the development of early-career researchers through assembly activities; and to provide a democratic body that strives to incorporate research activities into the broader goals and practices of NCTE. Customarily, the Assembly for Research sponsors a mid-winter conference, as well as a one-day NCTE post-convention workshop in November. Members receive a newsletter.

NCTEAR publishes a newsletter twice a year which features information about the work of the assembly, its members as well as introducing new features that promote research and scholarship.  We invite the larger NCTE community to join the Assembly for Research in our continual efforts to broaden our membership as well as the work that is currently being done. Membership is open to anyone sharing an interest in research issues, with a minimum of 25 Assembly for Research members holding membership in NCTE. Membership is determined by ATTENDANCE AT THE ANNUAL MIDWINTER CONFERENCE. The membership year runs from Midwinter Conference, date determined each year, to the beginning Midwinter Conference the following year.

For information on the assembly, contact Ryan Rish,

The Assembly for National Board Certified Teachers (ANBCT)
The purpose of the assembly is to promote National Board Certification as a hallmark of effective, professional English language arts instruction; to harness the resources and expertise inherent in a group of National Board Certified Teachers to benefit students, teachers, and schools; to assist and mentor educators in achieving certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS); to share information about Certification renewal requirements and ongoing changes in the National Board Certification process; to provide a forum for National Board Certified Teachers and those committed to standards set by the NBPTS; to organize and/or contribute to professional development opportunities, reinforcing the core propositions and standards established by the NBPTS; to celebrate the achievements of National Board Certified Teachers to the National Council of Teachers of English and the field of English language arts education.

For membership information, please contact Terry Filippo, Chair,  Assembly dues are $5.

Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar (ATEG)
The purposes of this assembly are to improve the teaching of grammar at all levels, from elementary school through college; to promote communication and cooperation among teachers, researchers, administrators, and others interested in the teaching of grammar; to provide an open forum in which advocates of all grammar theories, representing the broad spectrum of views of grammar and its teaching, can interact.

For information, visit the ATEG Web page at or contact Sean Ruday and Sherry Saylors, ATEG Co-Presidents. Annual dues are $12.

Assembly on American Literature (AAL)
This assembly promotes communication and cooperation among people who have a special interest in the field of American literature; presents programs and special projects on this subject; encourages the development of research, experimentation, and investigation into effective teaching and scholarship; promotes writing of articles and publications devoted to it; and integrates the efforts of those with an interest in the subject. The assembly does not promote only the "canon" of American literature, but encourages teachers to explore and utilize the rich and diverse cultures within American literature in their classrooms.

Members participate in AAL sponsored sessions and receive the AAL publication Notes on American Literature (NAL)  which includes peer reviewed articles of members’ research on American authors and the teaching of American literature.  Send submissions for NAL to Joseph Milner, Wake Forest University, P.O. Box 7266, Wake Forest Road, WInston-Salem, NC 27109.

To Join: Annual Dues for AAL membership are $10.00 or $25.00 for 3 years. For membership form, contact, Tracey Hughes, Maret School, 3000 Cathedral Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Assembly on Computers in English (ACE)
The purposes of this assembly is to promote communication and cooperation among all individuals who have a special interest in technology infusion into the English language arts and literacy instruction. Members receive a newsletter four times a year.

We prepare teachers and students for an ever-changing landscape of technology in the society. We offer workshops on technology use in teaching English language arts and literacy, share lesson ideas and projects, and resources. We provide consultancy opportunities for members who wish to present at NCTE Annual Convention meetings. We invite members-at-large to join the online conversations and share ideas, experiences, resources, and questions with others through the ACE Connected Community.

For information, visit the ACE Web page at, or contact Gail Desler, Treasurer. Annual dues are $15.

Assembly on Literature and Culture of Appalachia (ALCA)
The purpose of ALCA is to promote communication and cooperation among all individuals who have a special interest in teaching and studying Appalachian literature and culture. The assembly presents programs and special projects on this subject; encourages the development of research, experimentation, and investigation of effective teaching and scholarship in Appalachian literature and culture; promotes the writing of articles and publications devoted to Appalachian literature and culture; and integrates the efforts of those with an interest in the subject. Members receive a journal.

For information, contact Grace Toney Edwards, Chair, Appalachian Regional Studies Center, Box 7014, Radford University, Radford, VA 24142; 540-831-5366540-831-5366 or go to Annual dues are $15.

Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN)
The purposes of this assembly are to promote communication and cooperation among all individuals who have a special interest in adolescent literature; to present programs and conferences on this subject; to promote and increase the number of articles and publications devoted to it; and to integrate 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 or contact James Blasingame, Executive Secretary. Annual dues are $30, $50 for institutions, and $10 for students. The membership form is online at The ALAN address is ALAN, P.O. Box 234, Campbell, Ohio  44405-0234.

Children's Literature Assembly (CLA)
This assembly provides a forum for interested people with all points of view and levels of experience in the field of children's literature. It undertakes programs and projects of special concern to people interested in children's literature, promotes the field of children's literature, and serves as a clearinghouse for information on this topic. The assembly offers sessions at the NCTE Annual Convention, including a workshop, a breakfast, concurrent sessions (e.g., Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts), a master class, and author sessions. Published twice a year, The Journal of Children's Literature, a refereed journal, features critical and often provocative discussions of trends and issues, children's books, authors, illustrators, curricular materials, research, and educational practices. Each year the Assembly awards grants for research in children's literature and awards the Bonnie Campbell Hill National Literacy Leaders Award.

For information, visit or contact Deborah Wooten, Membership Chair. Dues are $35 for one year or $95 for three years.

Early Childhood Education Assembly (ECEA)
This assembly works to support and integrate the efforts of NCTE constituents concerned with language and literacy issues in Early Childhood Education -- defined as the education of children from birth to age 8. The ECEA sponsors the Day of Early Childhood on Saturday during the NCTE Annual Convention and publishes an online peer reviewed journal, Perspectives & Provocations and twice-yearly newsletter.  Each year it recognizes an outstanding teacher educator and teacher with an award and provides 3 scholarships to attend the Convention. ECEA's Affirmative Action Committee has created the Professional Dyads and Culturally Relevant Teaching project and developed multiple resources including a list of consultants to facilitate early childhood educators' anti-racist work.

For information, visit or contact Chair, Erin Miller or Assistant Chair, Michele Myers.

English as a Second Language Assembly (ESLA)
The purposes of the English as a Second Language Assembly (ESLA) is to promote interchange among teachers of English at all levels on issues in bilingual education and English as a second language; to encourage scholarly collaborations among higher education faculty and classroom teachers to bridge theory and practice; to disseminate scholarly findings and best practices for teaching English Language Learners in language arts and English classrooms; and to advocate English Language Learners’ equal-opportunities- to-learn to develop academic language in literacy.

For information, contact Clara Lee Brown, University of Tennessee, 405 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex, Knoxville, TN 37996.

Gender and Literacy Assembly (GALA, formerly WILLA)
The purpose of this assembly is to improve the teaching of English language arts by focusing attention on gender-related issues in literacy teaching and learning, including the status and the image of women and girls, men and boys; to advise the profession at large on issues relating to the role and images of women; and to foster the exchange of ideas and perspectives among people interested in gender issues relating to English. Members receive the newsletter Crosscurrents twice a year and the journal GALA annually.

For information, visit the GALA FaceBook page at Annual dues are $20 ($7 for students). Website:

Genders and Sexualities Equality Alliance (GSEA)
The purpose of this Assembly is to provide a forum for ongoing and sustained discussion among all individuals who share a professional commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) students, teachers, issues, and academic materials as they pertain to the teaching of English at all levels of instruction. The Assembly is committed to the inclusion of LGBT issues and texts in English studies and English language arts classrooms, fostering research and scholarship, addressing heterosexism and homophobia in academic and school settings, supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans students and teachers, and broadening cultural diversity through more inclusive understandings of difference. The Assembly disseminates information to its members and sponsors sessions at the NCTE Annual Convention each year.

For information or to obtain membership form, visit or contact GSEA Chair, Nicole Sieben or GSEA Treasurer: Lisa Hazlett, 414 E. Clark Street, University of South Dakota, Wrmillion, SD 57069-2307. Annual dues are $10 ($25 for 3 years).

Global Society of Online Literacy Educators (GSOLE)
The purpose of this assembly is to provide resources, support and services on matters attendant to the administration of reading, writing, and digital composition programs to teachers and researchers whose teaching and scholarship focus on intellectual and pedagogical aspects of online literacy education and administration, including not-for-profit and for-profit entities.

For information, visit the GSOLE website at

International Writing Centers Association: An NCTE Assembly (IWCA, formerly NWCA)
This assembly fosters communication among writing centers at universities, two-year colleges, secondary schools, and those interested in writing center theories and applications, and provides a forum for their concerns. IWCA hosts an annual conference, Summer Institute, and Collaborative; presents scholarship awards to recognize books and articles that make significant contributions to the field; provides grants to professionals and graduate students whose research focuses on writing centers; and offers support to its 14 affiliated organizations, national and international. The assembly publishes The Writing Center Journal (subscriptions required) and IWCA Update (included with general membership), and is affiliated with WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship.

For information, visit the IWCA website at

Studies in Literacies and Multimedia Assembly (SLAM)
This assembly disseminates and promotes research and information related to the field of multimedia and literacies; invites dialogue among all individuals interested in the the field of multimedia and literacies; and promotes advances in the field of multimedia and digital literacies not limited to uses of multimedia in classroom teaching; modes of research production with digital tools; and cultural shifts in relation to societal uses of multimedia.

For information or to join, contact SLAM Membership Coordinator Nicole Mirra by email. Dues are $20/year and $10/year for students. Visit the SLAM website at


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