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List of Assemblies - Previous Revision

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 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 Kelly Furnas, JEA Headquarters, Kansas State University, 103 Kedzie Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506-1505; 785-532-5532 . Annual dues are $55 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.

For information on the assembly, contact chair Lisa Scherff ( A regular, one-year membership is $25 and a lifetime membership is $125.

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 State Coordinators of English/ Language Arts (ASCELA)
The purposes of this assembly are to promote the sharing of resources and information among all individuals who have an affiliation or interest related to English language arts state departments of education; to present programs of interest to this group; to form liaisons with organizations and individuals within and outside NCTE who share the interests of this assembly; and to promote the precepts of the profession. Members receive a newsletter and are invited to join an e-mail list,

For information,  contact Morgan Dunton, Maine Department of Education, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333; 207-624-6625. Annual dues are $15.

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 Amy Benjamin, Hendrick Hudson High School, Rt. 9a, Montrose, NY 10548; 845-896-6474 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 Mabel Khawaja, English Department, Hampton University, VA 23668. 

Assembly officers include:

Tracey Hughes, AAL Chair/Membership, Maret School, Washington, DC
Joseph Milner, AAL Co-Chair, Wake Forest University, NC
Mabel Deane Khawaja, Treasurer/Editor, Hampton University, VA
Teresita Hunt, Secretary, Eastern Illinois University
Bruce Penniman, Program Coordinator/ Editorial Advisor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Kaa Hinton-Johnson, Program Coordinator, Old Dominion University, VA
David Curtis, Editorial Advisor, Belmont University, TN

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 are to promote communication and cooperation among all individuals who have a special interest in computers and the English language arts; to present programs and special projects on this subject; to promote an increase in the number of articles and publications devoted to it; to encourage the responsible development of computer software in the language arts; and to integrate the efforts of those with an interest in this subject. Members receive a newsletter four times a year.

For information, visit the ACE Web page at, or contact Pamela B. Childers, Treasurer, The McCallie School, 500 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404; 423-493-5849 . The ACE Journal can be accessed at 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; 540-831-5366 g. 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 Teri S. Lesesne, Executive Director, at 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 one-day 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.

For information, visit, or contact Lillian Webb, 6811 Rieber Street, Worthington, OH 43085. Dues are $30 for one year or $75 for three years.

Early Childhood Education Assembly (ECEA)
This assembly supports teachers of young children with a strong emphasis on promoting thoughtful practices that enhance the teaching and learning of young children within and across diverse communities.

For information, visit or contact Chair, Vivian Vasquez, Gray Hall 220, American University, Washington, DC 20016, 202-885-3719 

Emeritus Assembly
The Emeritus Assembly is composed of members of the Council who have retired from their professional positions or are nearing retirement. This assembly’s purpose is to provide opportunity for its members to continue their activities and associations in the Council, provide information about council matters, and contribute to the furtherance of the Council’s welfare. 

For information, contact Robin Luby, Emeritus Assembly Treasurer, at  Dues are $25 annual; $50 lifetime.  Members participate through the Emeritus Assembly Group site on NCTE's Connected Community.

English as a Second Language Assembly (ESLA)
The purpose of this assembly is to encourage interchange among teachers of English at all levels on issues in bilingual education and English as a second language.

For information, contact Beth Samuelson, Indiana University, W.W. Wright School of Education, 201 N. Rose, #3022, Bloomington, IN 47405, 812-286-5256 

Gay Straight Educators' 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, visit or contact GSEA Chair John Pruitt, Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Avenue, Janesville, WI 53546; 608-758-6565. Annual dues are $10 ($25 for 3 years).

International Writing Centers Association: An NCTE Assembly (IWCA, formerly NWCA)
This assembly fosters communication among writing centers at universities, two-year colleges, public schools, and those interested in writing center theories and applications, and provides a forum for their concerns. IWCA annually presents two scholarship awards to recognize books and articles that make significant contributions to writing centers. Every three years the assembly presents an Outstanding Service Award. In addition to its conference held every 18 months, the assembly sponsors grants to graduate students whose research focuses on writing centers, to researchers for investigations into writing center issues, as well as to its 10 regional organizations to sponsor conferences. The assembly publishes The Writing Center Journal and The Writing Lab Newsletter (subscriptions required), IWCA Update (included with general membership), and books via the IWCA Press.

For information, visit the IWCA website at

Women in Literacy and Life Assembly (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 WILLA annually.

For information, visit the WILLA website at Annual dues are $20 ($7 for students).

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