Honoring Student Voices
March 2011. In the most authentic and engaging classrooms, students feel a sense of ownership and responsibility toward the learning community to which they belong. In this issue, we are honoring the voices of young adolescents by inviting them to submit their stories about authentic and engaging literacy experiences. What makes literacy meaningful and relevant to you? What positive middle level literacy classroom experiences have you had that you want to share with others? What advice do you have for teachers in the future to make literacy learning more valuable? Please talk to your students about these questions and help them brainstorm additional topics. Deadline: March 1, 2010.
Looking Back and Moving Forward
May 2011. NCTE and Voices have traveled together toward new understandings about young adolescents’ literacy and learning. As NCTE celebrates its 100th anniversary, we are taking our final steps as VM’s editorial team. We invite you to get on board and join us as we reminisce about where we have been and as we look to the future for new possibilities. In this final issue, we reflect on seminal literacy practices of yesterday and seek new and evolving ways of helping our diverse students become strong and independent learners. What are the seminal literacy practices advocated by NCTE that every teacher of young adolescents should embrace? In looking forward to the future, what new and evolving practices should we take along? Let’s get “on the road again” (Willie Nelson) and take one final journey together. Deadline: May 1, 2010.