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"Digital Literacy and Learning"  (2/11/16):  NCTE Executive Director Emily Kirkpatrick moderates a discussion with authors of two of our recent publications: Connected Reading: Teaching Adolescent Readers in a Digital World by Kristen Hawley Turner and Troy Hicks and Digital Reading: What's Essential in Grades 3-8 by William L. Bass II and Franki Sibberson.


"Evidence for Equity: How Can We Use Large-Scale Assessment to Ensure Powerful Literacy Learning for All Students?" (11/2/15): Equity of educational opportunity is a key civil rights issue. We must find effective ways to hold state and district leaders accountable to their responsibility to provide the resources for teachers and principals to give all students the opportunity to graduate with the skills they need to be successful in college, careers, and civic life. The panelists in this online discussion will share their ideas about what an accountability system of the future might look like.


"No Test Is Neutral: Writing Assessments, Equity, Ethics & Social Justice" (11/2/15):  This final event of Connected Educator Month explores what a theory of ethics might mean for our field, and what implications it might have for the design and implementation of both large-scale and classroom writing assessments.


"Authors on the Arts of Language"  (9/21/15):  Join Marilyn Singer, winner of the 2015 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, and Candace Fleming, winner of the 2015 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. Both authors will also speak during the Children's Book Awards Luncheon at the NCTE Annual Convention in November.


"Artificial Unintelligence: Why and How Automated Essay Scoring Doesn’t Work (Most of the Time) and the Perils and Promises of Automated Essay Evaluation" (10/28/15):  In this web seminar, renowned scholar Les Perelman, who was described in a 2014 Boston Globe article as “the man who killed the SAT,” offers us an inside look at the disturbing things that can happen when we leave essay scoring to the machines, but also what’s possible when we use technology in thoughtful ways to help grow writers.

"Discussing Disciplinary Literacy"  (8/17/15):  Join Cathy Fleisher, Ethan Konett, and Kelly Victor-Burke.


"Summer Reflection: Remodeling Your Approach to Assessment"  (6/3/15):  Join Kathryn Mitchell Pierce and Rosario Ordonez-Jasis. 


"NCTE Assessment Story Project:  What We're Learning"  (4/8/15):  Join educators Peggy O'Neill (Loyola University, MD) and Scott Filkins (Champaign Schools, IL) as they discuss what we've learned so far from the Assessment Story Project.


"NCTE Assessment Story Project" (3/4/15):  Learn about NCTE's Assessment Story Project that's putting teachers' voices front and center in the testing debate. The stories we're collecting help us to consider what assessment must look like today If we want our students to be ready for the future.


"From History to Homonyms" (2/4/15):   The 2015 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children and the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children Honor Award winners speak about their work. Speakers include:

  • Kwame Alexander (Huck Honor)
  • Cece Bell (Huck Honor)
  • Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet (Orbis Pictus Honors)
  • Kathy Short (NCTE President)
  • Barbara Keifer (Huck Award Committee Chair)
  • Cyndi Giorgis (Orbis Pictus Award Committee Chair)


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