Lots of shout outs, more member voices on Orlando, new ECEA statement, invitation to propose a new #nctechat, and more.
rESOURCES FOR tEACHING IN tHESE tIMES  
We need to share the ways we've worked to make all kinds of kids who have marginalized identity labels feel welcome in classrooms." --Jill Hermann-WilmarthThank you to all who have contributed and continue to contribute to NCTE’s resource page created in response to the Orlando tragedy. We are updating it daily. Here are some new readings and reflections from NCTE members:

ECEA Releases a Response to Orlando and Charleston
The Early Childhood Education Assembly of NCTE released a statement last week entitled:

Early Childhood Education Assembly Response to the Orlando Shootings and the Anniversary of the Mother Emmanuel Church Murders

“The Early Childhood Education Assembly (ECEA) believes that it is long past time for
schools to take a visible and vocal stand against the beliefs that breed these atrocities
as well as the more insidious cruelties that occur in our schools every day: the
psychological anguish children experience when they feel they must hide their two
moms or two dads, their sexual orientation, their explorations of gender identification,
their faith, home culture, and languages.”

 

This statement is a call to action, inviting educators to find ways to “teach against anti-LGBTQIA, Latin@, Muslim Bias, and Racism.” It includes several resources teachers can use in their classrooms to generate transformative practices.

2016 NCTE Annual Convention - Atlanta, Georgia November 17-20

Shout-Outs   
Last year 116 awards were given at NCTE's Annual Convention. You should apply for one today!Awards
Award announcements started trickling in over the last few weeks. Congratulations to these recent awardees:

Michigan State University issued a post celebrating Tamara Butler, who is one of the winners of the 2016 Promising Researcher Award (Christian Ehret was also a recipient.) for her piece "'We Need a Song': Sustaining Critical Youth Organizing Literacies through World Humanities." Tamara says this award matters because it “signifies that scholars also believe that youth voices, community engagement, and creativity are central to changing the way we see and do education.”

On the Blog
Thanks to our recent blog contributors:
In Memoriam  

Author Lois Duncan passed away last week. Duncan was well loved by the NCTE community; she spoke at NCTE conventions and wrote in and was written about in NCTE journals. Her daughter Robin Burkin shared this note:

“To the world, she was Lois Duncan, the highly successful author and winner of the Edgar Award for Lifetime Achievement. To me, she was so much more. She was my source. I was and continue to be in awe of all that she accomplished during this lifetime. Of the many lessons I learned from Mother, the one that I most cherish is the importance of dreaming . . . The world is a better place because she has resided among us.”

 

Lois Duncan, 82, Dies; Author Knew ‘What You Did Last Summer’, New York Times, 6/18/16.
Lois Duncan: A Born Writer, The Council Chronicle (Nov 2010)

Dear Author—My Teacher is Making Me Write This, by Lois Duncan, English Journal (Feb 1987) 

Announcements  

CCCC logoCCCC has released a newly revised Statement on Ebonics (updated from the 1998 version). It includes an extensive bibliography filled with current scholarship on Ebonics.

Ebonics reflects the Black experience and conveys Black traditions and socially real truths. Black Languages are crucial to Black identity. Black Language sayings, such as "What goes around comes around," are crucial to Black ways of being in the world. Black Languages, like Black lives, matter.

 Briefing on Teacher Quality
The Coalition for Teaching Quality (of which NCTE is a member) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) are hosting a briefing, Strengthening Educator Recruitment, Development, and Support through ESSA Implementation, June 23 from 10:00–11:15 a.m. in Washington, DC. The Coalition will release three policy papers covering recruitment, growth, and leadership.

Literacies for All Summer Institute, St. Louis, MO
Have you signed up yet for the Whole Language Umbrella event of the year? Don’t miss your chance to rub shoulders with Mitali Perkins, Donalyn Miller, Alexander Cuenca, Anne Haas Dyson, Korina Jocson, and rooms full of passionate educators. Listen to this radio interview with WLU President Caryl Crowell to learn more. Check out this blog post from Richard Meyer who will also be a speaker at the meeting: What’s a Book For? Some Things to Consider When Planning for Conversations

#nctechat#NCTEchat Archive and Future
We had a lively #NCTEchat on Sunday talking about one of our favorite topics: Books! Explore this archive and get ready to grow your summer TBR list. We are now looking for suggested hosts and topics for the months ahead. You can be a part of shaping #NCTEchat’s future! Please fill out this brief survey and share your ideas.

ESSA Implementation
Wondering how you can participate in your state’s plan? Visit ESSA Implementation in the States.

Words with Friends EDU

If you’re looking for some research for the new school year that won’t feel like a drain on your summer, check out Words With Friends EDU. It’s a new, free educational version of the hit game Words With Friends for 4th to 8th grade classrooms, and boasts a suite of new features that make it an engaging tool for driving academic vocabulary progress. Free on web, iPad and Android tablet.
Grants and Awards  

NCTE Media Literacy Award June 30 Deadline

There is still time to submit your nomination for the eleventh annual NCTE Media Literacy Award. This award will be presented to an individual, team, or department that has implemented and refined exemplary media literacy practices in their school environment.

Two Awards from the NCTE Latin@ Caucus July 15 Deadline

Sponsored by Laura Muñoz, CEO S-Mart. 

The Nuestra Gente Award of $500 recognizes a Latin@ graduate student or junior faculty (first three years) to support his or her continued education and research agenda, which must align to the NCTE Rainbow Strand.

The Excelencia in Teaching Scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to a Latin@ K12 educator who is an example of excellence in teaching and demonstrates innovative approaches in education. The scholarship is to help cover the cost of registration and travel to participate in the NCTE Annual Convention.

 

2016 Mailer Teacher Writing Award July 22 Deadline
It’s time for YOU to do the writing! Middle and high school teachers are invited to submit their works of creative nonfiction. Learn about entrance requirements and submit your entry by visiting the NCTE website. One winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Results will be announced in September 2016.

CEE Research Initiative Grants August 8 Deadline
The Conference on English Education (CEE) invites proposals for research projects that will advance the mission of the organization as articulated through our various position statements and sponsored publications. The CEE Research Initiative will fund up to four proposals at a maximum of $2,500 each. Download the 2016-2017 CEE Research Initiative Call.

CEE Graduate Student Research Award August 8 Deadline

CEE is pleased to announce the establishment of the CEE Graduate Student Research Award. This award seeks to support graduate student research that advances the work of CEE as articulated through the organization's position statements and sponsored publications.

CEE James Moffett Award September 19 Deadline
The James Moffett Memorial Award for Teacher Research is a grant (usually $1000) offered by CEE, in conjunction with the National Writing Project, to support teacher research projects that further the spirit and scholarship of James Moffett.

CCCC Emergent Research/er Awards September 1 Deadline
CCCC is pleased to announce a new grant program, the Emergent Research/er Awards. These awards are intended to invest in our organization's members by rewarding and supporting one or more of the following:

  • early stage research
  • early career researchers
  • writing faculty/instructors who have not had opportunity to engage in funded research
  • writing faculty/instructors who do not have support for research within their institutions.

Only those researchers who have not received previous funding from CCCC for research are eligible to apply for these awards. In addition to research funding (up to $10,000 per project), the Emergent Research/er Awards also provide research support.

2016-2017 CCCC Research Initiative September 1 Deadline
CCCC invites you to apply for the 2016-2017 Research Initiative, which is in its thirteenth year! CCCC plans to fund proposals of up to $10,000 each. For a full description of the guidelines and format requirements, please visit the program website.

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