Last month NCTE president Doug Hesse issued a brief, powerful call at the opening of the CCCC Annual Convention:
"We must insist on a vast verdant vista, one where literacy is a civic good as well as a personal gain, one that prizes creativity as well as productivity, one that sees reading, composing, and teaching not as basic skills truncated for testmakers but as infinite arts capaciously makeable by all." (Read the full remarks here
This statement was quickly followed by a dynamic speech from CCCC Chair Joyce Locke Carter whose talk posed a challenge:
"What is required of us is that we disrupt, or reinvent, our comfortable notions about what we do and explore radical new ideas about what we should do, what we can do. The current milieu demands outward engagement and I argue that we engage by
making disruption, making solutions, making change." (Read the full remarks here
These calls to action are part of a long history of action within the organization. You can learn more about one facet of that history in Teaching, Feminism, and School Rule, a recent blog post by Jonna Perrillo, NCTE historian.
Explore more history of this kind in the Legacy of Pride series by NCTE Vice President Jocelyn Chadwick.