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Diversity Statement

The National Council of Teachers of English is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion. Throughout the years, NCTE has developed, supported, and maintained policies, procedures, and programming to ensure that that council maintains a culture that embraces diversity, leverages diverse talents, ensures equitable opportunities for all, and is representative of all individuals who contribute to the field of literacy education.

It is the policy of the National Council of Teachers of English that it demonstrate sensitivity to the concerns of people of color and they be represented on all Council-sponsored programs. People of color refers to historically underrepresented groups--African American, Pacific Islanders, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Latinos.

Cultural Caucuses & Committees

Caucuses are Special Interest Groups within NCTE and the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) who come together on specific issues and actions. They hold meetings at the NCTE Annual Convention and/or at the CCCC Annual Convention. Click the links below to get involved.

 

NCTE approved funding in support of  the implementation of
Writing and Working for Change: A Digital Archive of Social Activism by Teachers of NCTE.  A collection of video interviews, featuring caucus leaders, were developed  to preserve and expand access to records documenting the collective work of English teachers and as a way of supporting NCTE’s commitment to social justice and equality. 

As we continue to increase awareness and participation of individuals and groups that represent cultural diversity, we remain committed to the development and ongoing support of policies, programs, groups, and special initiatives that address diversity. 

Diversity Programs

National African American Read-In (AARI)
Sponsored by the Black Caucus and NCTE
Join over a million readers and host your very own African American Read-In. Bring together friends to share a book, or arrange a public reading that features professional African American writers. Annual Event: February

Cultural Celebration and Social Event
Hosted by the Black and Latino Caucuses Social Event Sponsored by Michigan State University's Center for Applied Inclusive Teaching and Learning in Arts and Humanities.
Friday, November 16, 2012
7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Cultural Celebration
8:15 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Social Event
MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
Grand Ballroom Room 113, Level One

Spoken word poetry, mariachis, a drum line, dramatic monologues, and various dance groups, all performed by youth from Las Vegas schools. After the performances, stay and relax with us, as we continue our celebration with dancing and head bopping to the rhythms of a DJ.

El dìa de los niños/El dìa de los libros,
A Day of Celebrating Children and Books

NCTE Resolution in support of El dìa de los niños/El dìa de los libros,

El día de los niños/El día de los libros is a celebration of childhood and multilingual literacy under the leadership of author Pat Mora.This celebration serves as a nationwide effort to observe a special day for promoting literacy for children of all ages and cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Host your very own celebration that focuses on linking children to books, languages, and cultures. Annual: April 30

Awards & Grants

NCTE Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award
This award is given to an NCTE member of color who has made a significant contribution to NCTE and the development of our professional community.  Deadline March 18, 2013.

NCTE Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Awards
This award supports early career teachers of color who take part in a three-day summer leadership development conference that helps prepare them to carry out a leadership project in literacy education. Deadline March 18, 2013. 

NCTE Early Career Teacher of Color Award of Distinction
This award provides early career teachers of color a national forum at the NCTE Annual Convention for professional collaboration and development as they build accomplished teaching careers as active NCTE members.  Deadline March 18, 2013. 

Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color
Administered by the Research Foundation.
The Cultivating New Voices program is designed to provide support, mentoring, and networking opportunities for early career scholars of color. The program aims to work with graduate students of color as they conceptualize, plan, conduct, and write their research. Deadline March 15, 2013.

CCCC Scholars for the Dream Travel Award
Administered by the Conference on College Composition and Communication
This travel award is given to ten first-time CCCC Convention presenters who are members of a historically underrepresented group.  Deadline October 10, 2012.

CEE Cultural Diversity Grant
This grant offers up to two $500 awards for first-time NCTE Conference presenters who are members of groups historically underrepresented in NCTE and CEE. Eligible NCTE members must indicate their desire to be considered for the Cultural Diversity Grant on their NCTE Conference Proposal Form and submit an application by the extended deadline
of May 31, 2012. Please click here for additional information. Deadline January 1, 2013.

 

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