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Knowledge-Based Governance

The NCTE Executive Committee follows the principles of knowledge-based governance, a decision-making model that encourages careful study of relevant information and full dialogue and deliberation about the consequences of action before policy is established. When contemplating an issue, we ask:
  • What do we know about how this issue may affect our members and stakeholders?
  • What do we know about how trends--educational, demographic, economic, or cultural--are changing this issue? 
  • What do we know about NCTE's capacity to act, alone or in alliance with others, on this issue?
  • What are the ethical dimensions of our choices?

Executive Committee

Members are elected to the NCTE Executive Committee each spring, for terms ranging from two to four years. The job of the executive committee is to:

  • establish priorities and direction for the Council,
  • to make policy,
  • to provide administrative oversight,
  • and to model leadership practices that are consistent with our mission and values.


Announcing NCTE’s New Executive Director

The National Council of Teachers of English is pleased to announce Emily Kirkpatrick as our new executive director. Through her work as vice president of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), she has developed a deep appreciation for NCTE goals, initiatives, and members. Read more.


NCTE Statement Affirming #BlackLivesMatter

September 2015

Invited by the NCTE Presidential Team and Authored by the NCTE/CCCC Black Caucus

The following statement, invited by the NCTE presidential team and authored by the NCTE/CCCC Black Caucus, calls on all English, English language arts, and literacy teachers "to transform our world and raise awareness of the crisis of racial injustice." It affirms that "as an organization, we are committed to providing English educators with the tools, training, and support needed to build a more equitable system better able to serve the unique needs to all youth." As you begin the school year, please consider this eloquent statement as you, too, work for equity in your classroom, institution, state, and country. Read more.


The NCTE Executive Committee meets five times annually.

As described in the NCTE Constitution and By-laws, the Executive Committee shares public policy making responsibility with the NCTE Board of Directors (BOD), a group consisting of affiliate leaders, journal editors, and conference and commission leaders from NCTE's many constituencies. The NCTE BOD meets at the NCTE Annual Convention

Annual Reports is a central document of record for NCTE activities for the year and includes written reports submitted by officers, editors, and leaders of NCTE's many active subgroups. To read their reports, click here

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