Commission Co-Chairs:Patty Dunn
, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NYJim Fredricksen
, Boise State University, Boise, ID
Anne Whitney, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
We seek to bring attention to the professional development of writing teachers at elementary, middle, secondary, and college levels, with particular emphasis on bringing together writing teacher educators from the English education community with those from college composition.
Specifically, we will
- make recommendations about best practices in preparing new teachers of English language arts to teach writing, including concepts, practices, pedagogies, and resources
- work towards establishing stronger connections between CEE and CCCC in terms of the common work of teacher development
- raise the profile of writing teacher education throughout NCTE
- The CEE WTE commission sponsored a roundtable and two sessions at the 2016 NCTE Conference in Atlanta.
- The commission met twice during the 2016 conference to generate and plan continuation and wider distribution of its blog, Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care. We encourage all NCTE members to read and share the blog via social media and email to colleagues. Many readers use selected blog entries in their classes.
- The Writers Who Care blog is now peer reviewed, and readership is strong, with over 38,000 views in 2016. Jim Fredricksen has agreed to join the Editorial Board.
- We continue to solicit writers for the blog. Information on submissions can be found at Write for the Blog.
- Although the blog requires continued attention (soliciting writers, securing peer reviewers, and distributing the blog via social media), the CEE WTE commission seeks to generate further ideas to promote authentic (real-world) writing and effective teaching-of-writing practices. We are looking for ways to work more closely with NCTE's Advocacy Month, and we are considering creating short videos.