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Building Capacity through Teacher Leadership


Time to Think about Teacher Leadership: For ALL Teachers
A report from the Center for American Progress lists these recommendations:

  • Create teacher leadership roles at the classroom, school, and district levels.
  • Allocate time for teachers to collaborate.
  • Create systems for embedded teacher professional development.
  • Give teachers an active role in the selection and development of CCSS instructional materials.

Literacy & NCTE Blog, May 8, 2015Remodeling Literacy Learning Together: Paths to Standards Implementation

These findings echo what we learned from Remodeling Literacy Learning Together: Paths to Standards Implementation, a 2014 study from the National Center for Literacy Education.

"Imagining the Possibilities: Improving the Teaching of Writing through Teacher-Led Inquiry":  English Leadership Quarterly, April 2014

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"Cross Disciplinary Collaborations with Informational Texts":  English Leadership Quarterly, October 2014

"How to Be a Teacher Leader":  Literacy and Learning Exchange, June 5, 2015 

"Recognizing NCTE Members Who Are 2015 State Teachers of the Year":  Literacy & NCTE Blog, August 14, 2015   

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Shekema Silveri"Do NCTE's Early Career Leadership Programs Really Make a Difference?"  Now the NCTE Secondary Representative-at-Large, 2008 NCTE Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award recipient Shekema Silveri discusses what she learned about teacher leadership and the NCTE Early Career Leadership Program.  The Council Chronicle, March 2012 

Listen as Shekema talks about "Multicultural Literacy Education and 21st Century Leadership" on this Education Talk Radio archive.

Congratulations to NCTE's 2015 Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award Recipients!

Leading through Collaboration
CEL Associate Chair Heather Rocco and NCTE member Chris Bronke talk about teacher leadership and collaboration.  Education Talk Radio, August 17, 2015

August 2015 #nctechat archive: The Power of the PLN

The Power of the PLN:  Explore the questions participants considered and read the archive of the August 2015 #nctechat.

Collaborative Leadership:  Scan the archive of this #LitLead Twitter chat from the Conference on English Leadership.

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Oct. 9, 2015, CEL NJ Regional Institute

Intentional Literacy Leadership
Join the Conference on English Leadership on Friday, October 9, in Lincroft, New Jersey, for this one-day institute. Register online through September 30.


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Thinking about Education Reform


Ivy League Schools Are Divided Over Whether to Require SAT Essay
"The kinds of things that you can measure in impromptu writing are pretty limited," said NCTE President-Elect Doug Hesse.  Bloomberg.com, August 24, 2015

The Impact of the SAT and ACT Timed Writing Tests 

NCTE Position Statement on Machine Scoring

Testing Doesn’t Measure Up for Americans
Among the findings of the 2015 PDK/Gallup Poll are that Americans endorse choice; testing lacks public support; Americans prefer state control, not federal; Common Core is out of favor; and Americans love their local schools.

Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction 

Blogs and Podcasts Related to the NCTE Assessment Story Project

Announcements  

Before the Mud Flies: Conversations for Banned Books Week

Banned Books WeekJoin Millie Davis, Director of NCTE's Intellectual Freedom Center, and Nanette Perez of the American Library Association, for a web seminar at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 1, as they share practical ways to prepare your colleagues for Banned Books Week. Not everyone is familiar with the First Amendment, the Library Bill of Rights, and the rights librarians defend. Banned Books Week is a time to celebrate our freedom and our love for books. By taking a few thoughtful steps to prepare those around you, it doesn't have to be a controversial or negative experience. 

Time Is Running Out to Apply to 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.

What Others Are Saying about NCTE Online Courses

NCTE Fall 2015 Online Courses"This class gave me practical tools to use in the classroom, but it also made me think more theoretically about 'why' I do certain things in the classroom, and hopefully, that reflection has made me a better teacher." -- Elizabeth Davis, English teacher, Fraser, Michigan

Read more testimonials on the NCTE website, and then reserve your seat in one of two fall courses by enrolling today!

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