Join the conversation about #whyiwrite! 

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For the eighth year in a row, October 20 will be a day devoted to the importance of writing in our lives. This year NCTE is launching a new website to showcase the day, with fresh content that will speak to the power of writing all year long. We hope you’ll get a chance to be part of the story. Here are 5 ways to get involved: 

  1. Post to #whyiwrite. This live message board will collect all the social posts going out for this hashtag and offer a vast and varied quilt of insights. We want yours included! Encourage others to take part by sharing this article, "Let’s Get All Scripty: #WhyIWrite Kicks Off 2016 on Thursday" from the Huffington Post
  2. Subscribe to the Podcast. Twice a month, award-winning podcaster CC Chapman will interview wordsmiths to share their insights into writing.
  3. Write with your students. Larry Ferlazzo recently shared 36 “best lists” for writing resources on his blog. This past Sunday #NCTEchat was all about the National Day on Writing and participants shared many ideas for inspiring students to write. Tune into this Text Messages podcast episode from to hear about the growing number of books featuring teens who write. 
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  4. Share the wisdom of our field. NCTE has many statements and resources on the subject. The National Writing Project site does, too. Tune in at 1 p.m. ET tomorrow when two luminaries in our field, Doug Hesse and Kathleen Yancey, speak on EdTalk Radio about the National Day on Writing. 
  5. Write for you! Consider creating a writer’s autobiography in this engaging activity. Remember that “writing” comes in many forms. Perhaps you’ll find inspiration in the poetry of music like this year’s Nobel laureate in literature, Bob Dylan. (If you're an NCTE member, there's also been a lively discussion about Dylan on the Connected Community.) 


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A Celebration of Writing

Rhea Lathan’s book, Freedom Writing: African American Civil Rights Literacy Activism, 1955-1967 offers important insights into the role writing has played in African American history and culture. Listen to an interview, or read a free chapter of the book.

Are you coming to #NCTE16?

If you’re attending the 2016 NCTE Annual Convention in Atlanta, we welcome you to join us for these College Section events: 

Upcoming Award Deadlines: 

November 1
Exemplar Award  
Professional Equity Project (PEP) Grants  
Stonewall Service Award  

November 15
Tribal College Faculty Fellowship 

Journal Highlights

The editor of CCC invites abstract proposals for a special issue of College Composition and Communication on "The Public Work of Composition." Deadline: November 1, 2016

Save the Date! 

These four 2017 CCCC Summer Conferences are coming to a campus near you.

Two-Year College English Association

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A Celebration of Writing

Here are two articles you might find useful as you celebrate writing this week: 

Convention Sessions of Interest to TYCA Members

There are likely many sessions at the NCTE Annual Convention  in Atlanta this November that will interest our members, but the following two stand out:  

  • "Two-Year College Advocacy: Moving toward Change” sponsored by the Two-Year College English Association: This panel will lead a discussion of issues concerning teachers of English in the two-year college, including the growing demand for dual enrollment classes, placement into college-level English classes, and the state of developmental English at the two-year college. Panelists representing community colleges in five different states will describe the impact of legislative decisions at both the state and national level on their college writing programs and propose ways to effectively address such decisions. (E.21, Friday, November 18, 4:00-5:15 p.m.)
  • Academic Literacy, the Writing Center, and Advocating for Change”: Increasing pressure on two-year colleges to innovate instructional approaches and maximize outcomes demands novel approaches to constructing and sharing knowledge across administrator-faculty lines. In this presentation, you will explore the writing center as a model for collaboration that can recognize disciplinary knowledge and empower cross-disciplinary understanding. You will share strategies, successes, challenges, and lessons learned from four team perspectives, including administrators, faculty, and staff. (A.24, Friday, November 18, 9:30-10:45 a.m.)

Submit Your Nominations for the 2017 TYCA Awards

Deadlines are fast approaching for the following TYCA awards:

For more information on criteria, deadlines, and submission procedures, go to the TYCA Website.

Conference on English Leadership

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A Celebration of Writing

Here are two articles you might find useful as you celebrate writing this week: 

Register Today for the CEL Convention

You won’t want to miss this year’s Convention on “Innovative Leadership: Navigating Changes in Literacy Education,” November 20-22, 2016. Learn more:

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If you’re coming to #NCTE16, you can meet Oona Abrams, editor of English Leadership Quarterly at the Meet the Editors Session H.04 Saturday 11:00 a.m.


Congratulations to the 2016 CEL award winners:
Kent Williamson Exemplary Leader Award,
Carol Jago
Innovative Leadership Award,
Kristen Hawley Turner
ELQ Best Article Award,
Christina Saidy

CEL Election Ballots Have Been Sent

Please take a moment to vote for the future leaders of the Conference on English Leadership. The ballots were emailed to the current address on file; if you did not see the message, check your Spam or Junk Mail folder. If you are a current member and you have not received your ballot, please send a message with your name, current mailing address, and email address. Elections will close at 11:59 p.m. Central Time, Tuesday, November 1.  

Whole Language Umbrella

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A Celebration of Writing

Explore the book Becoming Writers in the Elementary Classroom: Visions and Decisions by Katie Van Sluys. You can listen to a podcast, watch a video, and read a free chapter here

Day of Whole Language at #NCTE16

If you’re coming to the NCTE Annual Convention, you can spend a whole day on Friday, November 18, immersed in powerful sessions within the Whole Language Strand.  

Opening Session: Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions through Collaborative Inquiry (Friday 9:30 a.m., Room B207)

In this interactive presentation, two classroom teachers and their university partner from the Center for Inquiry in Columbia, South Carolina, will share classroom vignettes, videos, and student artifacts that reveal the ways they grow strategic, passionate readers and writers while using literacy to create a more compassionate, equitable, knowledgeable, and democratic world.

Jennifer Barnes, Center for Inquiry,Columbia, SC
Heidi Mills, University of South Carolina, Columbia
Tim O’Keefe, Center for Inquiry, Columbia, SC

(Heidi and Tim were our 2014 Outstanding Elementary Educators.

You may also be interested in the Early Childhood Education Strand sessions. 

Upcoming Deadlines: 

The Literacies for All 2017 Summer Institute call for proposals is now available. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017 Keynote speakers have already been announced!

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You can meet the editors of Talking Points at the following session at the Annual Convention: Session H.04, Saturday, 11:00 a.m. 
The Editors: Sally Brown, Georgia Southern University
                    Deborah MacPhee, Illinois State University


A warm welcome to the Alabama TAWL in Birmingham--they are the newest Teachers Applying Whole Language (TAWL) group.

Conference on English Education

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A Celebration of Writing

In this May 2016 Voices from the Middle podcast, coeditor Diane Lapp talks with CEE member Gage Jeter about his article, "Fostering 'Good' Writers: Making Writing Meaningful." 

CEE at #NCTE16

CEE hosts many exciting events at the 2016 NCTE Annual Convention in Atlanta, including:

  • CEE Luncheon featuring one of the authors and the illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel series MARCH, which chronicles the experiences of Congressman John Lewis during his days as a leader of the Civil Rights movement.
  • Join us for the CEE Commission meetings on Friday and Saturday and work collaboratively with other members on issues, themes, and topics related to English education that most interest you. All NCTE and CEE members are welcome to join the commission of their choice and are free to move from one commission to another.
  • If you are currently a graduate student in English education or will be soon, come break bread with the CEE-GS at their dinner business meeting on Friday evening. They will provide a brief overview of events planned for the upcoming year and vote on new officers for 2016-2017. You can register for the CEE-Graduate Student meeting/pizza dinner via the NCTE online registration form.  

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We’ve made this important article free on the NCTE website so you can feel free to share it with colleagues who might not subscribe to English Education.
“Centering Black Girls’ Literacies: A Review of Literature on the Multiple Ways of Knowing of Black Girls”  by Gholnecsar E. Muhammad and Marcelle Haddix, July 2016 English Education.



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Early Registration Deadline for Annual Convention: November 7  
We hope to see you in Atlanta this November. Here are a few new highlights:


  1. Offsite Workshops: This year we’re offering two offsite workshops: Human Rights as an Advocacy Project: A Workshop on Addressing LGBTQ Issues in the ELA Classroom (held at the Center for Civil and Human Rights) and First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare: Workshop and Exhibition Tour (held at Emory University). These are free with registration but space is limited! 
  2. Faces of Advocacy in Action: The theme of this convention will be brought to life through amazing speakers, featured sessions, and special workshops on Everyday Advocacy led by educators with expertise in grassroots change.
  3. Atlanta Highlights: If you’ve never been to this city, you’re in for a treat. Check out this growing list of things to see, eat, and do while you’re in town. 
  4. Films: Several films will be shown throughout the convention, including Coming Through the Rye on Thursday from 1–2:45. Check out a full listing of films that will be shown in the Screening Room on Saturday. 

Honoring Student Voice in the Early Childhood Classroom: Dramatic Play, Stories, and Story Acting Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (7:00 p.m. EDT) (Live Web Seminar)
In this lively Web seminar, presenters Carmen Llerena, Haeny Yoon, Jesse Gainer, and Nancy Valdez-Gainer will explore the question: What happens when student voice takes center stage in setting the course for curriculum decisions? This session is FREE to NCTE members and $50 for non-members. Register today!  

Congratulations to Tiffany Rousculp
Her book, Rhetoric of Respect: Recognizing Change at a Community Writing Center has won the 2016 Outstanding Book/Major Work Award from the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA). The book is part of the Studies in Writing & Rhetoric (SWR) series published by CCCC/NCTE. An interview with Rousculp is available here.

Deadline for Nominations Is November 1
Are you an organized, energetic teacher, supervisor, or curriculum specialist? Do you have an interest in participating in the work of affiliates and elected NCTE leadership? If so, nominate yourself or a colleague to stand for election. Please send your recommendations to the appropriate 2016–2017 Nominating Committee


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