Williamson, NCTE Executive Director
do renewing your NCTE membership, participating in the National Day
on Writing, and commemorating the NCTE Centennial have in common?
They all demonstrate your belief that literacy educators, acting
together, make a difference.
Whether it means affirming your support for keeping our voice strong
and our common efforts to improve literacy learning vigorous by
maintaining membership; celebrating the grit and wisdom of
generations who kept our profession vital by honoring the
Centennial; or making the time to contribute to the national
portrait of how we write today, your actions count.
Council Historian Leila Christenbury has an excellent piece below about progress on the Centennial celebration; opportunities to
take part will multiply over the next few years. But the time to
affirm your support by renewing membership is now. If you haven't
renewed, please take a moment to secure your membership
and our Council for another year.
Similarly, our historic opportunity has arrived to provide a vivid
picture of writing today, and what is needed to advance it. See the
sidebar at left for details and links about the National Day on
Writing and the National Gallery of Writing.
Leaders make time for what matters most. I hope youll find time
to celebrate, renew, and participate with NCTE now, when our wider
professional community depends upon it!
Celebration Update: NCTE's Birthday Approaches
by Leila Christenbury, Chair, Task Force on
Council History and 2011
hundred years of leadership in literacy education is the legacy of
NCTE, founded in 1911 and now on track for a birthday bash at the
2011 Chicago Annual Convention. Over the decades, NCTE has worked --
professional meetings, sponsored research, publications, and
advocacy-- to foster literacy education in America as well as public
awareness of issues in literacy education. What better way to spread
the word than through our 100-year celebration? Read
Leila's update on the plans for
NCTE's Centennial Celebration and how Council leaders can encourage members to take part.
for NCTE's Annual Convention
Award-winning authors, more than 700 sessions, postconvention
workshops, and a host of speakers
are on the schedule for this year's Annual Convention in
Philadelphia. Don't wait! Register
now, make your hotel
reservations, see the online
Convention Preview, and start planning your convention
Many Council groups (affiliates, assemblies, Sections -- elementary,
middle level, secondary, and college -- committees, commissions,
Conferences -- CCCC, CEE, CEL, WLU -- and Associations -- TYCA) hold
sessions, luncheons, or workshops during the Convention; search the Convention
Program for these events (working meetings aren't
listed in the Program; if you need information on when your group is
meeting, please contact your group's chair or NCTE).