This week, we are inaugurating the Connected Community, a digital space where members can come together online. Please join me in making NCTE’s Connected Community a friendly, productive online space for literacy teachers to gain easy access to each other’s best ideas.
To make full use of the Connected Community, log in using your NCTE user name and password. If this is your first visit, please go to the "My Profile" tab on the top/left side of the page and take a few minutes to complete the "My Privacy Settings" and "My Profile" features. By doing so, you'll be able to adjust how much information you share with others and you'll be able to easily identify and network with others who share your professional interests or circumstances.
Next, take some time to just scan the site. You'll find that you are already subscribed to the "NCTE Members Open Forum" -- a collective discussion list and resource archive for all members.
If you serve in a governance or committee role for the Council, you should also be pre-subscribed to communities set up for these groups.
But, depending on your interests, you may elect to join any of the topically-focused communities or may elect to start your own. Just go to the "My Profile" tab and click on the "My Communities" link in the drop down menu that appears. You can use the search function there to look for a particular online community; you can scroll down to see all the communities already available to you; or you can click on the "Create a New Community" link to set up your own group. You'll note that each community has both an "eGroup" discussion list and a "Library" for shared resources.
There are many other useful elements of your Connected Community to explore -- the member directory, member blogs, shared teaching resources, discussion of timely news stories, member accomplishments, even a glossary of literacy terms. For tips in navigating the site, take some time to click on the "helpful hints" video clips or follow the step-by-step instructions. Thanks for taking the time to explore the Connected Community and making it your place to share and grow professionally.