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Share Your Experiences on Literacy Standards Implementation

NCLE SurveyParticipate in the 2015 NCLE survey which focuses on literacy standards implementation and collaborative professional learning. The deadline for submission is Friday, May 29. The survey is designed to capture how the work on new literacy standards is currently taken up in schools across the country and builds on findings from studies done the previous two years. The goal is to give educators, parents, policymakers, and other key decision makers a clear picture of what literacy standards implementation means for teaching and learning in every discipline. Survey results will be shared this fall. Participants can elect to have their names entered into a drawing for a $500 Amazon gift card.

Veterans and College Composition

Student Veterans in the College Composition Classroom: Realizing Their Strengths and Assessing Their Needs
This new CCCC position statement identifies multiple assets student veterans often bring to writing classrooms and then acknowledges some of the special considerations that writing instructors and WPAs should take into account when working with student veterans. It helps those who teach veterans answer the question, "What do I need to know about working with student veterans?"  CCCC Website, March 2015

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Hear D. Alexis Hart and Mike Edwards, cochairs of the task force that wrote the position statement, talk about "Working with Veterans in College Classes."  Education Talk Radio, April 17, 2014 

Scholastic's Laura Robb's Classroom Library

Renewing Our Commitment to Connecting to Student Veterans
Strategies for instructors to engage student veterans in composition and literature classrooms.  Teaching English in the Two-Year College, September 2013 

"An Ethical Obligation": Promising Practices for Student Veterans in College Writing Classrooms
See the results of a 2011 CCCC Research Grant.

"The Circle Made Whole Is a Story": A Conversation with Bruce Weigl
In an interview conducted at his office at Lorain County Community College, 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry finalist Bruce Weigl discusses writing pedagogy, veterans' issues, and his experiences as a two-year college student and as a professor and poet.  Teaching English in the Two-Year College, December 2014

(Becoming) At Ease: A First-Year Writing Class on a Military Post
College Composition and Communication, December 2014 

Transformations: Working with Veterans in the Composition Classroom
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, May 2009 

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Retired Veteran Spends Days Teaching Children to Read 
"Every classroom needs a Mr. Gene," the teacher said.  KSL.com, April 15, 2015

Issues in Higher Education

The Relevance of School?
NCTE member Scott Warnock writes.  When Falls the Coliseum blog, May 8, 2015

in the connected

Check out this discussion on Theories of Teaching English in the NCTE Connected Community Teaching and Learning Forum.

Wasted Potential
Inside Higher Ed, May 11, 2015

Treadmill to Oblivion
Inside Higher Ed, May 11, 2015 

See the NCTE Statement on the Status and Working Conditions of Contingent Faculty.

The Online Paradox at Community Colleges
The Hechinger Report, May 11, 2015

See A Position Statement of Principles and Example Effective Practices for Online Writing Instruction (OWI), a CCCC position statement.

NCTE Annual Convention Speakers for the College Audience:

Opening General Session:  Alison Bechdel 
College Celebration:  Linda Adler-Kassner
College Level Luncheon:  Frank X. Walker
CEE Luncheon:  Valerie Strauss

New Video from CCCC Annual Convention Program Chair Linda Adler-Kassner
Proposals for the 2016 CCCC Annual Convention are in! This video describes what happens next and what you can do to think toward CCCC 2016.

Common Ground/Global Reach: IFTE/CEE Conference, July 6-9
Speakers for the International Federation for the Teaching of English/Conference on English Education Summer Conference in New York City include:

Ngaire Hoben, The University of Auckland, New Zealand 
Hilary Janks, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Mary Kalantzis, College of Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, US
Ernest Morrell, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, US

William Broz

Bill Broz of Batavia, Iowa, passed away on May 9. Bill taught literature and writing at Fairfield (Iowa) High School for 25 years, then taught English education at Western Illinois University, the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), and, until his death, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. While at UNI, Bill was the faculty sponsor for the NCTE student affiliate. Throughout his career he was a member of the Iowa Council of Teachers of English, the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, and the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE.

Among his published articles is "Not Reading: The 800-Pound Mockingbird in the Classroom" in English Journal; "My primary teaching goal in literature classes, whether secondary or postsecondary, is to convince students to accept the invitation to read the books," he wrote.


Why Attend the WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute?

2015 WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute

"The WLU Summer Institute is a place where leaders in the field and classroom practitioners have the chance to work and talk side-by-side at sessions, in the halls, and over meals. This opportunity to come together, keeping children at the center of our own learning, makes the WLU Summer Institute a very special learning event for one and all!" -- Jane Baskwill, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Read why others attend the WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute, and then register today!

Teachers: It's Your Turn to Enter Your Writing!

Middle school and high school teachers are invited to submit their creative nonfiction works in the NCTE/Norman Mailer Writing Awards for Teachers. One winner will receive a cash award of $5,000 and travel and lodging to attend a special award ceremony in fall 2015. July 16 is the submission deadline.

Credit Options for NCTE Online Courses

2015 Summer Online Course

While NCTE is not a credit-granting agency, we do offer options to assist course participants with earning credit toward their continuing education requirements. All participants who successfully complete the course requirements receive a letter of completion from NCTE at the end of the course certifying participation for 15 contact hours. (Participants should check with their administrator to see if this letter will qualify for local continuing education credit.)  For those who wish to earn university continuing education credit, NCTE has partnered with the University of San Diego to offer one unit of graduate continuing education credit. This optional opportunity is available for $75 (payable directly to USD).  Visit the website for more information.

Reserve your seat today in the summer 2015 session of NCTE's popular online course, "Using Evidence to Guide Teaching and Learning!"

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