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2016 Award Winners

The Elementary Section Steering Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Elementary Section Awards:

Bess AltwergerBess Altwerger from Towson University, Baltimore, Maryland, has been named the winner of the 2016 NCTE Outstanding Educator in the English Language Arts Award.

Lily DiamondLily Diamond from The School at Columbia University, New York, has been named the winner of the 2016 Donald H. Graves Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing.

Join us for the award presentations at the Elementary Get-Together during the 2016 NCTE Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.


The Assessment Story Project

The Assessment Story Project: What We Learned from Teachers Sharing Their Experiences with Literacy Assessment is a new report that shares the views of more than 530 English and language arts, reading, and writing teachers in K–12 schools and higher education, which were gathered over several months in the spring of 2015 via an online survey. It serves as a voice of and guide for the profession—and as useful information for state and federal policymakers and school system leaders as they consider changes to large-scale testing systems.  Read more...

The report was developed by an Assessment Task Force convened by NCTE and led by Kathleen Blake Yancey.


2016 Children's Book Awards

Stella by StarlightStella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) has been named the winner of the 2016 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children.

Drowned CityDrowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers) has been named the winner of the 2016 Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.

Join us for the award presentation at the Children's Book Awards Luncheon during the 2016 NCTE Annual Convention.


Read Language Arts

The Elementary journal Language Arts is still available in PDF form, in addition to the podcasts and lesson plan connections from ReadWriteThink.  Check out LA!

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Literacy Education Advocacy

Policy Analyst ReportsThe Policy Analysis Initiative is a network of NCTE volunteers who track state policy developments impacting English language arts, English studies, literacy, and the humanities. See what is happening in your state!

Explore ways to become an everyday advocate for teachers, for teaching and for student learning.

Twitter as an Advocacy Tool, Literacy & NCTE Blog

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

Check out the stories of advocacy told by NCTE members.


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.


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.

Read about the CLA in "The Joy of Reading"





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