Marian Wright Edelman Has Been Added to Annual Convention Program
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Are you ready?
Banned Books Week, with a focus on graphic novels, is next week!



Listen to the "Banned Books Week & Graphic Novels" interview with NCTE and ALAN members Jennifer Buehler and Jeffrey Kaplan.  Education Talk Radio, September 15, 2014  


For NCTE members only -- who get access
to all journals two years old and older: 
"In Defense of Graphic Novels," English Journal, November 2012, and "Exploring Literary Devices in Graphic Novels," Language Arts, July 2012

Download the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's Banned Books Week Handbook.

September 21, 2014, #nctechat

Join #nctechat with guest hosts Laura Jimenez (@booktoss), author of Booktoss blog and Boston University School of Education lecturer researching on reading and representation in graphic novels, and Matthew Holm (@mattholm), cocreater of kids' graphic novel series BABYMOUSE and SQUISH and the new COMICS SQUAD!

High School Literary List Causes Kerfuffle with Parents

The challenged books are The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Working Poor: Invisible in America, Siddhartha, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, An Abundance of Katherines, The Glass Castle, and Song of Solomon. NCTE is working on this challenge. CBS-DFW, September 9, 2014  

Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, tells us "Why the Best Kids Books Are Written in Blood."


"We're not alone in this struggle," writes Emily Nafziger in "Whose Forebears Are We?" on the new NCTE blog, "Literacy and NCTE."

For example, since 2005, the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Center has worked with educators to protect The Students' Right to Read by defending these books.

Anti-Censorship video clip

NCTE's Support for the Students' Right to Read is long-lived: 
NCTE actively began fighting censorship in the 1950's. McCarthyism spurred NCTE to take a more active stance against censorship and, in 1953, NCTE's Committee on Censorship of Teaching Materials published Censorship and Controversy, condemning McCarthy's tactics and championing freedom of thought. In 1962 NCTE published its seminal intellectual freedom guideline The Students' Right to Read, that led to today's active Anti-Censorship program, which works with 60-100 educators and school districts a year on challenges to texts used in classrooms. Over these years the Council has voiced its opposition to censorship and promoted intellectual freedom as portrayed in this video clip from the NCTE Centennial Film.

Check out the NCTEEnglish virtual readout playlist of staff members reading from banned books.

Profile in Courage Essay Contest

. . . Looking for Book Ideas?

"What Are Kids Reading in Class?":  Educators rate some of their favorites.   Las Vegas Sun, September 11, 2014  
"Go Forth and Re-Read Your Favorite Books from Childhood: A Dare":, September 9, 2014  
"24 Books You Should Read Now, Based on Your High School Favorites":, September 10, 2014 
"2014 National Book Award Longlist Announced for Young People's Literature":  School Library Journal, September 16, 2014

Fiction Teaches Students Empathy, Research Shows

Teaching Now blog, Education Week Teacher, September 8, 2014

How Common Core's Recommended Books Fail Children of Color

The Answer Sheet blog, The Washington Post, September 16, 2014

2014 NCTE Annual Convention

During NCTE's Annual Convention, don't miss the
Friday General Session
(8-9:15 a.m.) with Marian Wright Edelman and a panel discussion, "Reshaping the Landscape of Story: Creating Space for Missing and Marginalized Voices," chaired by Rudine Sims Bishop, and featuring Christopher Myers, Matt de la Pena, Mitali Perkins, and Rukhsans Khan, and Saturday's J.43 Session (2:45-4 p.m.) "We Need Diverse Books" with presenters Anita Merina, Jerrie Cobb Scott, I.W. Gregorio, Meg Medina, and Ellen Oh.

Can Students "Go Deep" with Digital Reading?

Mind/Shift blog,, September 9, 2014

. . . On Free Speech and Academic Freedom in Academia

"Free Speech? For Professors, All It Costs Is a Paycheck": Vitae, The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 8, 2014
"Self-Censorship":  College Ready Writing blog, Inside Higher Ed, September 15, 2014

How Can You Help Your Young Students Invest In and Critically Read Informational Texts?

Try the NCTE Facilitated Course Supporting Readers of Informational Texts, beginning October 6.  


"Study: Year 7 Students, Information Literacy, and Transfer: A Grounded Theory"

teaching ideas
from readwritethink

The Tale of Despereaux: Fact or Fiction?

Wading through the Web: Teaching Internet Research Strategies 

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. . . On Teacher Education 

"For Teachers, Many Paths Into the Classroom. . . Some Say Too Many":  NPREd blog, NPR, September 12, 2014  
"US Adults Support Longer, More Rigorous Teacher Prep, Poll Finds":  Teacher Beat blog, Education Week, September 16, 2014

CEE position statement

"What Do We Know and Believe about the Roles of Methods Courses and Field Experiences in English Education?

How the New SAT Is Trying to Redefine College Readiness

U.S. News & World Report, September 12, 2014 


Disciplinary Literacies in Content Area Classrooms

There's still time to join Michael Manderino for his LIVE Web seminar, "Disciplinary Literacies in Content Area Classrooms: Instructional Design for Responsive Instruction," on September 24. During his one-hour Web seminar, Manderino will share approaches for bridging content area literacy practices with disciplinary literacies instruction. Seats are limited, so register today!

CEE Research Initiative: September 22 Is Deadline

Don’t miss your opportunity to submit a Conference on English Education Research Initiative Grant Proposal.

May 2014 Talking Points

October 1 Is Talking Points Deadline: Exploring and Understanding Literacy

This non-themed issue calls for manuscripts that address inquiries, investigations, and discoveries focused on transforming our understanding of literacy as a progressive ideology based on the goals of democracy and social justice. This issue provides an opportunity to intentionally probe the current state of literacy in a variety of ways. For example, we welcome research that examines student learning, classroom literacy practices, active construction of knowledge, and whole language learning environments. Read more about submitting articles for the May 2015 or other issues of Talking Points.

NCTE Online Courses: Open to Everyone

NCTE Online Courses offer an amazing professional learning experience that is open to everyone. In fact, course facilitators will even differentiate the professional learning experiences and provide choices that acknowledge the many roles we serve within our schools. You won’t encounter meaningless assignments meant to measure seat time. Instead you will be invited to examine multiple course resources and apply what you are learning by creating materials specific to your daily work.

New courses are beginning soon. Enroll today to reserve your seat!

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