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September 2010

NCTE's National Day on Writing

October 20 is NCTE's second National Day on Writing!
How will you celebrate the day?



Join Us in Orlando in Novembr!

Share this flier with your colleagues, link to it from your blog, post it at your university or school, and help spread the word about NCTE's 100th Annual Convention!

Centennial 5K Fun Run/Walk
When you register for the 2010 Convention, be sure to sign up for the Centennial 5K Fun Run/Walk, set for Saturday, November 20, at 6:15 a.m. The 5K course will take you around the beautiful Coronado Springs Resort. Funds raised for this event will benefit the NCTE Centennial Celebration at next year's Convention in Chicago. 

NCTE's 100th Anniversary!


NCTE to Launch Connected Community

As a Council leader/committee member, you have a special reason to log into NCTE's new Connected Community: This will become the work space and listserv for all appointed and elected NCTE groups.

NCTE's Connected CommunityWe want you to have the best that NCTE has to offer -- right at your fingertips -- and we want to help erase the notion that you have to do things on your own; here we are a community! In this new online service specially designed for NCTE members, you can: 

  • Engage with other members to share ideas and interests, celebrate challenges and triumphs, and help solve problems we face each day.

  • Adjust to new demands of the ever-changing world of literacy education in a safe and friendly environment.

  • Revitalize yourself through NCTE peer-reviewed articles, issue briefs, and online Web seminars.

We'll introduce the Connected Community during the first week of October, but you can get started today! First, visit the Connected Community, log in with your member ID and password, provide a brief profile, and set your communication preferences.

Once you log in, go to the My Profile tab to fill in or update your biographical information and to network with others who share your interests. Then, click on My Preferences to set your privacy settings -- you control what you wish to share with others and how and when you would like to be notified of activity in the Connected Community. Next, if you visit My Subscriptions you will see that you are immediately eligible to start participating in discussions or uploading files/videos/presentations/Web links that are germane to any NCTE leadership group you belong to.

Thanks for extending your leadership role by getting active in the Connected Community before the general membership is invited to take part on October 4. As the Council crosses the threshold into its second century of service, this is a great way to lend your voice, energy, and experience to the broader literacy community.

Connect with Your Professional Community
at the Annual Convention
Connect with leaders and members who are heading to Orlando for this year's NCTE Annual Convention through discussions in the Connected Community. Not registered yet? Register now

A highlight of the Convention is the premiere of the NCTE Centennial film, Reading the Past, Writing the Future (Friday evening). Incorporating voices of today's students and teachers and featuring interviews with literacy leaders, the film chronicles the influence and importance of our 100-year-old Council.

Connect with the World through
the National Gallery of Writing

National Gallery of WritingWhere else could you browse more than 24,000 pieces of writing, submitted by people from all around the world, and have the opportunity to contribute your writing to your own gallery or to any of the 2,400+ galleries that make up the National Gallery of Writing? The NCTE Centennial Gallery is one of the newest galleries; be sure to add your writing honoring and preserving the rich history -- and future -- of NCTE and literacy education.

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