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Check out these fresh ideas to feel empowered, and renew yourself as you head back to school!


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Lesson Plans

The ReadWriteThink website provides quality lesson plans, interactive student materials, web resources, and ELA standards to classroom teachers. 

Check out these elementary lesson plans with a focus on back to school and creating classroom community.


Browse Today!Books and More from NCTE 

The NCTE Publications Catalog is now available online!  View the digital version to explore the hundreds of titles for preK-college educators.


Becoming Writers in the Elementary ClassroomEnglish Language Learners in Literacy Workshops
Marsha Riddle Buly, a mainstream classroom teacher who became a reading specialist and then a specialist in bilingual/ELL education, shows how reading, writing, and language workshops can be used to help language learners in mainstream K–8 classrooms.


Becoming Writers in the Elementary ClassroomBecoming Writers in the Elementary Classroom: Visions and Decisions
Katie Van Sluys demonstrates how to (re)claim our professional practice to ensure that young people have the opportunity to become competent, constantly growing writers who use writing to think, communicate, and pose as well as solve problems.


Teaching Phonics in ContextTeaching Phonics in Context
Through myriad classroom vignettes, experienced educators David Hornsby and Lorraine Wilson show just how phonics is taught and learned in literacy-rich classrooms.

On Demand Web SeminarAlso, check out the On Demand Web seminar featuring David and Lorraine on Reading and Writing in the Elementary Classroom:  Teaching Phonics in Context.



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Common Core State Standards 

Fall Web Seminar SeriesHigh-Quality Professional Development on Your Desktop 
These LIVE Web seminars are part of a series focused on skills and teaching practices that are essential to successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards.  School leaders, coaches, and teachers will learn strategies for gearing up for the demands of the CCSS.  Join us this fall for one session or the entire series!

Grades 3-5 BookSupporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: Grades K-2 or Grades 3-5
These books reinforce a focus on student learning by demonstrating ways of addressing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in grades K-2 and 3-5 while also adhering to NCTE principles of effective teaching.  

Virtual Conference RecordingsVirtual Conference recordings also available for Grades K-2 or Grades 3-5.

Check out these additional Common Core resources today!  



Renew Yourself

Language Arts

Language ArtsTreat yourself to the digital features of podcasts in the elementary journal, Language Arts.  Podcasts feature a conversation with one of the authors from an issue, as well as highlights from the LA section, “Conversation Currents.”  

Members receive six issues of LA for only $25/year.  Not a subscriber? Subscribe today!  

Go Green!GO GREEN!  Make a long-term impact on the environment by receiving Language Arts-Green today! 


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Annual Convention

Click here for more informationWe invite you to start with the Elementary Section Get-Together on Thursday evening as we honor JoBeth Allen as this year’s Outstanding Educator Award winner.  Join us at the Books for Children Luncheon on Saturday and sit with a favorite author and listen to Jon Scieszka as the featured speaker.  The Children's Literature Assembly (CLA) breakfast is on Sunday featuring David Shannon

Click here for registration informationStart planning your convention experience now by viewing the digital edition of the Convention Preview!

Check out these elementary events, the Day of Early Childhood, and whole language sessions

Frank Chiki, NCTE Elementary Section Chair, explains why attending the NCTE Annual Convention is the "best experience ever!"

Frank Chiki



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