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Colleagues, Collaboration, Community, and Culture

Four Cs to consider as you head back to school.

Study: Teacher Collaboration Improves Performance, Learning
Education News, July 13, 2015 

"Build Energy with Colleagues": Donald Graves writes.  Language Arts, September 2001

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As the City Pushes Collaboration, Demo Schools Finetune Their Tips.  Chalkbeat/New York, July 28, 2015

"Pedagogical Recycling:  How Colleagues Change Colleagues' Minds": English Journal, November 2005

“Adaptive Capacity” in Schools:  Literacy & NCTE Blog, August 1, 2015

Honoring Inquiry: A Conversation with Heidi Mills and Tim O’Keefe
“May our professional experiences at the Center for Inquiry and the stories from Tim O’Keefe’s room help you see the value of an inquiry stance for both teachers and students. It truly makes all the difference in the world.”: The Council Chronicle, November  2014

#nctechatJoin your virtual colleagues for  #nctechat  on “The Power of the PLN” with hosts JoEllen McCarthy (@JoEllenMcCarthy) and Tony Sinanis (@TonySinanis), Sunday, August 16, 8:00 PM ET.

Understanding Community Literacies as Foundational to Teaching Excellence
 Language Arts, May 2013

What is Community Mapping?:  Literacy in Learning Exchange 

Summer Reflection: Remodeling Your Approach to Assessment Using Community Mapping as a Beginning:  NCTEonAir, June 3, 2015

Check out the Storify of the #nctechat August 17, 2014 on Building Classroom Community with guest hosts Karen Terlecky (@karenterlecky) and Lee Ann Spillane (@spillarke). See this page of Tweets, photos, and links to blogs that were shared during the chat!

Take a look at the Storify of the October 19, 2014, National Day on Writing Chat on Write My Community with guest hosts Ben Kuhlman (@bkuhl2you) and Jose Vilson (@TheJLV)

Find the “Activities to Get to Know Your Students Better” discussion on the Teaching and Learning Forum on NCTE Connected Community

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Teacher Training Programs Strive to Bridge Culture, Racial Gaps in the Classroom
"If you don’t manage diversity, diversity will manage you," says Donna Ford, Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education.  Chalkbeat/Tennessee, July 22, 2015

“Names are Powerful”:  Literacy & NCTE Blog, August 4, 2015

"A Little Heavy Reading": Incoming college freshmen are reading on “some of the world’s biggest problems,” including racial inequality, social justice, climate change, immigration, and hunger.  Inside Higher Ed, July 22, 2015

What The College Kids Are Reading.  NPREd, July 23, 2015


Our Students


More Children Are in Poverty Today Than Before the Great Recession
“One out of five American children live in poverty, and we have the Great Recession to blame.”  Read the report, PBS NewsHour, July 21, 2015

Build the Capacity of High-Needs Schools:  2015 NCTE Education Policy Platform 

The Heartbreaking Story of Kids Least Likely to Succeed in College
The Hechinger Report, July 28, 2015

"How Far Do They Get? Tracking Students with Different Academic Literacies through
Community College Remediation":  TETYC, March 2005


Using Current Events in the Classroom


Media Literacy: The POTUS Primary Debates
NCTE member Frank W. Baker writes.  MiddleWeb, July 29, 2015
perhaps this might be appropriate in the next NCTE newsletter

"Political Language, Democracy, and the Language Arts Class":  This Edwin M. Hopkins Award Honorable Mention is written by NCTE member Gregory Shafer.  English Journal, November 2013

Announcements  

NCTEonAirSave the Date: Next NCTEonAir

Join Cathy Fleischer, Ethan Konett, and Kelly Victor-Burke for "Discussing Disciplinary Literacies" on Monday, August 17, at 4:00 PM ET, for a live NCTEonAir event, as they discuss what’s possible when educators from different grade levels and disciplines get together to talk about writing.

Facilitated Online Courses: Now Enrolling for Fall

NCTE Facilitated Online Courses are a great addition to your professional learning plan for this fall! With On Demand Web seminars, classroom videos, in-depth readings, and guided activities anchored in your classroom, you’ll learn practical ways to put your learning into action in your classroom and school. Fall cohorts are now forming for the following courses:

Annual Convention Preview

Explore the Annual Convention Program

The online program is now available for the 2015 NCTE Annual Convention! Use the online program to learn more about the myriad sessions and events taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this November 19-22.

The Annual Convention Preview also expounds upon the events at the Convention and the reasons why you should attend. The Preview is currently mailing to all NCTE members, but you can view the online version to get a sneak peek before the print piece arrives in the mail.

Will YOU Be the Next Editor of College English?

Apply to become editor of the journal of the College Section of NCTE. College English publishes articles about literature, rhetoric-composition, critical theory, creative writing theory and pedagogy, linguistics, literacy, reading theory, pedagogy, and professional issues related to the teaching of English. Applications are due September 4.

2015-2016 NCTE CatalogBrowse the 2015-2016 NCTE Catalog

The 2015-2016 NCTE Catalog is now available! The NCTE Catalog features the latest in NCTE publications and professional learning services, including the newest books in the Principles in Practice imprint, upcoming titles in the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Series, NCTE’s new School Membership Program, online courses, and more. Browse the digital edition today!

Call for Proposals: 2016 Literacies for All Summer Institute

The Whole Language Umbrella is now accepting program proposals for the 2016 Literacies for All Summer Institute! "Literacy That Matters: Curriculum, Creativity, and Critical Action" takes place July 14-16 in St. Louis, Missouri. Visit the Institute website for more information about submitting your proposal.

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