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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 Sandy Hayes Updates Members on Literacy Education Programs, Shares Her Dream for Students

On this day we recognize the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington. While we've made some significant progress in these fifty years, our nation has defaulted on yet another promissory note, the moral obligation to all the children of this nation: the promise of a more secure future through a quality education. This default is not merely a result of insufficient funds. Even in this slowly recovering economy, funding would be an easier problem to tackle than the partisan politics that for six years -- one complete Senate cycle -- have failed to enact legislation that achieves equality of educational opportunity regardless of zip code. It may seem to lawmakers that, surviving six years of inaction, we have lost the urgency of the moment. But we know better:

We see crying children handing in tests.

We see teachers, based on that test, called exemplary one year and deficient the next.

We see the vast resources going to testing, preparing for testing, and labeling based on the testing rather than being spent on the resources to remove those labels.

-- Sandy Hayes, August 28, 2013 (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

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