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Elementary Section Steering Committee - Previous Revision

The Elementary Section Steering Committee (ESSC) is responsible for the governance of NCTE's Elementary Section membership.  The ESSC members are elected each year to a four-year term.   The Chair and Assistant Chair are elected from within the ESSC and also represent the interests of the elementary section membership by serving on the NCTE Executive Committee.  Read more about the ESSC in the 2008 Annual Report.  


The Votes Are In!
Keith Gilyard was elected Vice President of NCTE.  
Elected Elementary Representative-at-Large is Carmen M. Tisdale, Carver-Lyon Elementary School, Columbia, South Carolina.  Elected to the Elementary Section Steering Committee is Sandra Wilde, Hunter College, New York. 
Click here for more election results.


  • Debra GoodmanChair (2008-10)
    Debra Goodman
    Hofstra University
    Hempstead, NY  
  • Jeff WilliamsAssistant Chair (2008-11)
    Jeff Williams
    Solon City Schools
    Solon, OH
  • Rebecca McCraw Elementary Rep-at-Large (2007-09)
    Rebecca McCraw

    Mary Bramlett Elementary
    Gaffney, SC


  • Frank Chiki Frank Chiki (2007-11)
    Double Eagle Elementary
    Albuquerque, NM
  • Danling FuDanling Fu (2008-12)
    University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL 
  • Andrea GarciaAndrea Garcia (2008-12)
    Hofstra University
    Hempstead, NY  


  • Nancy Johnson Nancy Johnson (2005-09)
    Western Washington University
    Bellingham, WA
  • Barbara Lehman Barbara Lehman (2006-10)
    Ohio State University
    Mansfield, OH
  • Katie Wood RayKatie Wood Ray (2006-10)
    Waynesville, NC  


Language ArtsLanguage Arts Editors
Patricia Enciso
Laurie Katz
Barbara Kiefer
Detra Price-Dennis
Melissa Wilson   

The Ohio State University  Columbus, OH

School TalkSchool Talk Editors
Frank Chiki
Nancy Johnson

ESSC Members 


NCTE Administrative Liaison
Debbie Zagorski  


Mission Statement

The Elementary Section Steering Committee of NCTE is committed to the pursuit of justice and equality.  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, Spring 2000


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