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Elementary Section - Previous Revision

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.


NCTE Annual Convention

Click here to learn more!Make plans now to join elementary educators in Boston this November for "(Re)Inventing the Future of English."

Start planning your convention experience by viewing the digital edition of the Convention Preview, the schedule of events, and these elementary events.

Use the online searchable program to round out your schedule and register today!


2013 Outstanding Educators

David & Yvonne FreemanDrs. David and Yvonne Freeman, professors at the University of Texas at Brownsville, have been selected as recipients of the 2013 Outstanding Educators in the English Language Arts award.  This award recognizes a distinguished national or international educator who has made major contributions to the field of language arts in elementary education.

Join the celebration of David and Yvonne Freeman during the NCTE Annual Convention:

  • The award presentation will be held at the Elementary Get-together on Thursday, November 21 at 4:30 p.m.
  • In Session G.49 they will discuss "Essential Practices for Developing Academic Literacy with English Learners Living Between Worlds" on Saturday, November 23 at 9:30 a.m. 


2013 Outstanding Nonfiction Titles

Monsieur Marceau: Actor without WordsMonsieur Marceau: Actor without Words by Leda Schubert and illustrated by GĂ©rard DuBois (Roaring Brook Press) has been awarded with the 2013 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.  Each year, one winner and up to five honorable mention books are recognized along with a list of recommended books.  


Join the 2013 Orbis Pictus Award celebrations during the NCTE Annual Convention on Saturday, November 23:

  • Attend a discussion of the winning nonfiction titles in Session G.28 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Have lunch with the authors during the Books for Children Luncheon at 12:30 p.m.
  • Meet the authors of the winning nonfiction titles in Session K.56 at 4:15 p.m.


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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.

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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