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A Smattering of Facts from NCTE's Past (sources included) - Previous Revision

NCTE’s 100-year history comprises a wealth of people, positions, publications, events, and moments of note. Here, for the curious or historically inclined, we catalog just a smattering of facts from NCTE’s past. Sources for these facts are included.

Many more notable NCTE moments and members can be found in Reading the Past, Writing the Future: A Century of American Literacy Education and the National Council of Teachers of English.

 

Conventions & Finances

Cost of attending the NCTE Annual Convention in 1916:  $0.25

(Source: Reading the Past, Writing the Future: A Century of American Literacy Education and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE, 2010), p. 11)

Largest number of NCTE members to attend an NCTE Annual Convention thus far:  8,040 (at the 2007 Convention in New York)

(Source: Reading the Past, Writing the Future)

The budgetary appropriation requested by the Committee on the Senior High School Book List for the fiscal year 1953-54:  $50
(Source: Annual Report 1954)

Rate at which “housewives of the average community, . . . who were pathetically eager to undertake this work at almost any price” would be paid to “correct” student themes, according to the Lay Reader Plan which was proposed by Paul B. Diedrich of the Educational Testing Service, and debated in English Journal in 1960, but not ultimately implemented:  $0.25 per text
(Source: Reading the Past, Writing the Future, p. 291)

 

Diversity

Year in which NCTE members passed a resolution resolving that “no Council convention would thereafter be held in any place in which any Council member would be discriminated against in any way” (Hook 129).  1945

(Source:  Reading the Past, Writing the Future, p. 379)

Year in which NCTE elected its first female president:  1928 (Rewey Belle Inglis)

(Source:  Reading the Past, Writing the Future, p. 371)

Year in which NCTE elected its first African American president:  1969 (William A. Jenkins)

(Source:  Reading the Past, Writing the Future, p. 380)

The year NCTE and the NCTE Black Caucus hosted the first African American Read-In:  1990

(Source: staff, African American Read-In)

The number of participants in the African American Read-In in 1990:  81

(Source: staff, African American Read-In)

Highest annual number of participants in the African American Read-In to date:  505,539 (in 2002)

(Source: staff, African American Read-In)

 

Council Publications

During 1967-68, the number of pages devoted to the following subjects in the journal Elementary English (later to become Language Arts): 

Reading:               101.25
Writing:                   35.50
Handwriting:           19
Mass Media:             3.25

(Source: Annual Report 1968 )

Year in which James Hosic, the original owner-editor of English Journal, sold it to W. Wilbur Hatfield:  1912

(Source: Reading the Past, Writing the Future, p. 388)

Year in which English Journal published Robert C. Pooley’s “Check List of English Pre-Induction Skills” -- to be taught to students within one or two years of being inducted into the armed forces:  1944

(Source:  Reading the Past, Writing the Future, p. 60)

Year in which English Journal became an official publication of NCTE:  1955

Source: Reading the Past, Writing the Future, p. 388

The year in which the Council was "cursed with a robbery and a serious fire," which destroyed the stock of Adventuring with Books1953

(Source: Annual Report 1953, in remarks from W. Wilbur Hatfield)

Literature & Media

Decade in which NCTE contributed to the institutionalization of the American literature course:  the 1920s

(Source: Reading the Past, Writing the Future, p. 177)

Year in which NCTE President Holland D. Roberts noted that English teachers who did not use [television] in their teaching “will be swept into the dust bin of the past” (Radner 11):  1937

(Source:  Reading the Past, Writing the Future, p. 9)

Year in which NCTE member Mildred C. Schmidt (and other teachers) argued that comics and other texts of popular culture were relevant and teachable texts:  1946

(Source:  Reading the Past, Writing the Future, p. 222)

Percent of available television channels that NCTE members, in 1951, urged the FCC to allot to educational institutions:  20%

(Source:  Reading the Past, Writing the Future, p. 225)

Year of the NCTE Convention at which librarian Emma J. Breck enumerated principles to guide librarians in establishing collections, and noted that girls’ “desire for a love-story may be granted, if with discretion":  1915

(Source:  Reading the Past, Writing the Future, p. 58)





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