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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 effect 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.


NCTE President Keith Gilyard Talks about Work of the Executive Committee and the National Center for Literacy Education

"As I write this, the NCLE initiative is reaching out to dozens of site-based teams operating across the country to both support and document their work, in a coordinated effort to improve the conditions for literacy teaching and learning in every discipline."
--Keith Gilyard, August 24, 2012 (Complete Text)


NCTE President Keith Gilyard Talks about Advocacy, Teacher Evaluation, High-Stakes Testing, and Membership

"After attending our most recent Executive Committee meeting last weekend in Washington, DC, which was held on the heels of our annual Literacy Education Advocacy Day, I am excited to update you about some of the recent actions of the Council."
-- Keith Gilyard, April 30, 2012 (Complete Text)

NCTE President Keith Gilyard Gives an Update on NCTE's Key Decisions on Policy Issues 

"I am weighing in with an update on some key decisions from [the February Executive Committee] to provide a sense of how the Council recently has handled several policy issues."
-- Keith Gilyard, February 28, 2012 (Complete Text)

NCTE President Keith Gilyard Talks about NCTE and Common Core Standards

"What [NCTE has] done is to focus on what we are best equipped to do: support teachers in their work environments and make reasonable arguments about education to the stakeholders who are willing to listen to us in good faith. "
-- Keith Gilyard, February 9, 2012 (Complete Text)  


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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