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The Elementary Section of NCTE represents a diverse group of teachers, literacy coaches, reading and special education interventionists, teacher educators, and school administrators interested in literacy development and in literacy teaching at the elementary school level.  Our primary task is to connect and support teachers as they work closely with students, administrators, and families to develop and promote lifelong literacy learning.  We cordially welcome all educators interested in reading, writing and the language arts.

2012 Convention News 

NCTE Annual ConventionNCTE Annual Convention
Join us in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2012 NCTE Annual Convention, November 14-18.  Submit a program proposal today!



WLU Program Proposals Accepted
The Whole Language Umbrella of NCTE (WLU) invites you to submit a proposal for the 2012 Literacies for All Summer Institute, "Reclaiming Joy in Teaching, Learning, and Research."  Plan now to join us July 19-21 in St. Louis, Missouri.  


Language Arts Features Podcasts

Language ArtsIn the November issue of Language Arts, the new editorial team of Peggy Albers, Caitlin Dooley, Amy Seely Flint, Teri Holbrook, and Laura May, give NCTE members a new feature of podcasts by some of the issue's authors. 
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NEW Books and More from NCTE

NCTE CatalogView the digital edition of the NCTE 2011-2012 Catalog! 

Check out these New Titles today! 


English Language Learners in Literacy WorkshopsEnglish 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.

On Demand Web SeminarAlso, check out the On Demand Web seminar featuring Marsha Riddle Buly on 3 Strategies for Reaching Language Learners in Literacy Workshops


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. 


Another Jar of Tiny StarsAnother Jar of Tiny Stars: Poems by More NCTE Award-Winning Poets
This new, expanded edition of A Jar of Tiny Stars includes the work of the latest (1997–2009) five winners of NCTE's Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.  By turns silly and wise, playful and thought-provoking, the poems in this collection were chosen by young readers as their favorites among those written by NCTE award winners.


Click here for more informationLearning to Read the Numbers
Phyllis and David Whitin show how critical readers dig beneath the surface of data to understand how numbers are constructed by authors to portray a certain version of reality.


Click here for more informationTeaching 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.


Common Core Standard Resources

Supporting Students in a Time of Core StandardsSupporting Students in a Time of Core Standards:
Grades K-2 or Grades 3-5
These books reinforces 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!


NCTE Centennial

NCTE celebrates 100 years of leadership in literacy education.  Visit the Centennial website and read "NCTE's Elementary Section: Awarding Excellence in Children's Publishing," on the NCTE Archives at the University of Illinois website.  



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