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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.


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.

Thumbnail for Reading Assessment: Artful Teachers, Successful Students

Editor Diane Stephens and colleagues explore how artful pre-K–5 teachers come to know their students through assessment and use that knowledge to customize reading instruction. This book is part of the Principles in Practice imprint.


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.

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



Feel Empowered

Common Core State Standards 

High-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 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 registration informationStart planning your convention experience now by viewing the digital edition of the Convention Preview!

We invite you to start with the Elementary Section Get-Together on Thursday evening with author  Jarrett J. Krososczka. Join us at the Books for Children Luncheon on Saturday and sit with a favorite author and listen to featured speaker Steve Jenkins. The Children's Literature Assembly (CLA) breakfast is on Sunday featuring Nic Bishop and Sy Montgomery.

Check out these elementary events and use the online searchable program to round out your schedule today! 



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