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April is National Poetry Month

Celebrate Poetry throughout April!, Literacy & NCTE Blog   

Join the Next #nctechat
Our next #nctechat is on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. ET on poetry. Can't attend or missed a chat?  Check out the #ncte Archive list. Get ideas from the archive #nctechat on "Valuing Poetry in the Common Core Era."

2015 NCTE Notable Poetry Books
"Poems for All Seasons" School Library Journal
Here are 16 outstanding poetry collections to offer children and teens—not just this month, but throughout the year and across the curriculum. These well-written and beautifully illustrated selections provide myriad options to engage students and to foster a love of language, both oral and written. It is our hope that this list of recommended titles is just the beginning. Use these books, and create connections with books from previous Notable Lists (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011) to create even more poetry joy!

2015 Poetry Award Winner: Marilyn Singer
Marilyn SingerMarilyn Singer is the winner of the 2015 Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. She has published over one hundred books for children and young adults in a wide variety of genres. She likes writing many different kinds of books, and many of them have won awards with several placed on notable book lists. Singer will be honored and speak at the Children Book Awards Luncheon and Poetry Award session during the NCTE Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in November. Read the press release and visit Marilyn's website at


Assessment Story Project

Tell us your storyWhat does it look like to assess literacy learning in your classroom? Through our Assessment Story Project, NCTE is collecting stories to learn more from educators and share ideas on the shifting assessment landscape.


Literacy Education Advocacy

Twitter as an Advocacy Tool, Literacy & NCTE Blog

What Does It Mean to Advocate for Literacy? 
#nctechat archive with hosts Ernest Morrell & Darren Cambridge

The Policy Analysis Initiative is a network of NCTE volunteers who track state policy developments impacting English language arts, English studies, literacy, and the humanities. Volunteers in each state provide analyzed information about state policies in which educators can better participate in the policymaking process that affects them, their students, their institutions, and their communities.


2015 Children's Book Awards Announced

2015 Orbis Pictus Award Winner

2015 Charlotte Huck Award Winner

NCTE on Air

Watch NCTE on Air "From History to Homonyms," as the winners of the 2015 NCTE Charlotte Huck and Orbis Pictus Honor awards 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), and Cyndi Giorgis (Orbis Pictus Award Committee Chair).


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NCTE Assemblies

ECEAThe Early Childhood Education Assembly (ECEA) supports teachers of young children with a strong emphasis on promoting thoughtful practices that enhance the teaching and learning of young children within and across diverse communities.

Professional Dyads and Culturally Responsive Teaching (PDCRT) 2015-2017 Call for Dyad Applications
Apply before April 30 to become part of the Professional Dyads and Culturally Responsive Teaching (PDCRT) two-year professional development project supported by the Early Childhood Education Assembly (ECEA). Applications are open to teacher-teacher educator teams (dyads) who are interested in working together and within a network of dyads to develop culturally relevant literacy practices in diverse preK, kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms.


CLAThe Children's Literature Assembly (CLA) provides a forum, undertakes programs and projects of special concern to people interested in children's literature, promotes the field of children's literature, and serves as a clearinghouse for information on children's literature.





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