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The Elementary Section Steering Committee of NCTE is committed to the pursuit of justice and equity.  We believe that in an open democratic society we cannot argue for democracy and humanity unless we create for our children a more just and caring world.  To this end we are dedicated to the support and development of emancipatory pedagogies that counter official policies and mandates that narrow the possibilities for the teaching of the language arts in public schools.  We believe that it is essential that we resist any attempt that is made to separate school based language arts programs from the socio-cultural realities of children’s everyday lives.  Our task is to support the work of teachers as they work closely with their students and their families to build classrooms where everyone has an opportunity to participate in the conversation with a renewed consciousness of worth and possibility of their own language use and the literacies that they share.

---ESSC, January 2017



2017 Literacies for All Summer Institute

2017 WLU Summer InstituteGlobal Literacies, Global Conversations: Celebrating Our Connections

July 20-22, 2017 • Tucson, Arizona • Marriott University Park

The 2017 Summer Institute theme, “Global Literacies, Global Conversations: Celebrating Our Connections,” invites us to give voice to the languages, literacies, and cultures of the diverse students in our classrooms and among ourselves as professionals. We invite educators to come together to learn and explore through a variety of forums including workshops, symposia, panels, poster presentations, conversations, and social/political action.

Learn more and register today!


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.



2017 NCTE Children's Book Awards



The Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children was established in 2014 to promote and recognize fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder.

2017 Winner: Ghost by Jason Reynolds
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Some WritersThe Orbis Pictus Award, established in 1989, is the oldest children’s book award for nonfiction. The name Orbis Pictus commemorates the work of Johannes Amos Comenius, Orbis Pictus—The World in Pictures (1657), considered to be the first book actually planned for children.

2017 Winner: Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)


Read and Write for 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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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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