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An Open Letter from NCTE President Ernest Morrell

March 31, 2014

Dear Friends,

Kent Williamson
Kent Williamson

Our dear friend and colleague Kent Williamson, Executive Director of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and Director of the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), was recently diagnosed with acute monocytic leukemia. Kent received the news shortly after returning home from our nation's capital, where on NCTE's 2014 Advocacy Day he highlighted the release of a new NCLE report titled Remodeling Literacy Learning Together: Paths to Standards Implementation during a briefing on Capitol Hill.  He and Council members talked to legislators and their aides about the report and NCTE's 2014 Education Policy Platform.

During treatment, Kent has remained dedicated to NCTE and checks in as often as he can for updates on programs and initiatives. The support that has been pouring in for Kent, his family, and NCTE staff has been humbling. In a recent email Kent said, "The support I've received from colleagues, family, and friends has made all of the difference. The love is just overwhelming and it keeps me positive."

As Kent prepares to enter the next step in his treatment, he will likely need a stem cell donor match. In honor of Kent, please consider becoming a stem cell donor. Signing up to be tested as a stem cell donor is easy. As a potential donor, you may be the match that saves lives.

I would like to personally thank you all for your thoughts and wishes for Kent and his family. I also thank you, in advance, for signing up to become a stem cell donor. I am daily honored and humbled to be a member of this amazing organization and to be able to work with you to transform lives through literacy education.

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Ernest Morrell
NCTE President  



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