Recalling NCTE13 and Much More
"NCTE is the loom where we weave the tapestry of our professional life. . . . NCTE is the lamp in the room of my professional life." Reflections on NCTE 2013 -- Mary Lee Hahn
"Sitting down for our last Boston meal with my dear friend, conference buddy, and co-presenter Alie, we tried to list our top three NCTE moments. We quickly exchanged three for five, acknowledging that three was impossible, and then five had to be traded in for 10, and now it's a blog post from my phone at the back of the bus because how can we even begin?" Nourished Soul: NCTE 2013 Was Incredible -- Priscilla Thomas
"I immediately felt a sense of belonging in this larger community as I was greeted, embraced, and introduced to new connections. I found people -- lots of them -- who were "like" me! Enthusiasm and passion for all things literacy and children were shared liberally among colleagues, authors, and presenters. Regardless of individual credentials and roles or the states and regions we represented, it was undeniably clear that those gathered joined together to work towards common goals for students everywhere." The Magic of NCTE -- Melissa Guerrette, first-time attendee
"What I love about conferences is this learning that transcends session titles, content, and presenters. It is the new learning that occurs as I muse per my notes, as I talk about the sessions with my colleagues, as I blog about my day. This learning counts; all that is going on around me waits for me to pull it in and learn." What Counts -- Teri Lesesne
"Taking the time to attend the NCTE conference each year reminds me of the significance of the work we do in public education daily and helps me to stay focused on what matters most -- children." Raising Our Words: (Re)Inventing the Future of English #ncte13 -- Cathy Mere
"We left this conference confident that we need to stay focused on our students and remember that the moments we have in classrooms provide the most powerful data. In a time when assessment has become such a heated topic we were thrilled to hear so many talking about the importance of watching our students and using formative data every day. Formative data is about teachers and students. In the past year we have found ourselves repeating the same words again and again when we are collaborating with teachers -- it has become somewhat of a slogan for us. The messages we heard at NCTE 2013 validated the importance of these words -- Teachers Matter, Kids Count!" NCTE 2013--Teachers Matter, Kids Count! -- Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan
"This weekend made me remember why I have chosen, and why I stick with, this crazy, difficult, all-consuming profession. I was reminded that, first and foremost, I am a learner. My students are my curriculum. Everything else is secondary." Thankful for NCTE -- Meryl Sweeney
See more convention reflections
Tune In Wednesday for an NCTE Convention Recap with Ernest Morrell
Education Talk Radio, Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 9 a.m. ET (or listen to the archive at your convenience)
Advocates for Adjunct Instructors Think Broadly in Search for Allies
NCTE member Seth Kahn is quoted. The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 18, 2013
Note: Statement on the Status and Working Conditions of Contingent Faculty
National Teacher of the Year, 2009: Why I Became a Teacher. Why I'm Still Teaching
Teacher in a Strange Land blog, Education Week Teacher, November 18, 2013
. . . More on Teaching and Education
"Nation Desperate for Youth Interest in Teaching": eSchool News, November 25, 2013
"Teachers: Three Questions for Reflection": NCTE member Sarah Brown Wessling writes. Teaching Channel/Tchers' Voice blog, November 22, 2013
"Great Teachers Don't Always Want to Become Principals": The Atlantic, November 18, 2013
"Balancing the Art and Science of Education": SmartBlog on Education, SmartBrief, November 25, 2013
Gates Teacher Study Opens Video Library to Researchers
Inside School Research blog, Education Week, November 25, 2013
Remembering Junie B. Jones Author and DCT Favorite
Dallas Morning News, November 18, 2013
PISA Test Results for US Students Are "Sobering"
Morning Edition, NPR, December 3, 2013
. . . More on PISA
"International Test Scores: Getting the Data Straight": The Answer Sheet blog, The Washington Post, November 22, 2013
"Why Is a Country the Size of New Mexico Beating the U.S. in Academic Performance?": The Answer Sheet blog, The Washington Post, December 2, 2013
See also the Alliance for Excellent Education report The Deepest Learners: What PISA Can Reveal about the Learning That Matters.
Rethinking Teacher Roles in a New, Networked World
Teaching Now blog, Education Week Teacher, November 16, 2013
Note: eSN Special Report: Powering the Digital Classroom looks at the data from the Project Tomorrow Program: eSchool News, November 26, 2013
Using NCTE Award-Winning Publications in Your Classroom
A number of teachers, authors, and researchers were presented with awards last week during NCTE's 103rd Annual Convention. This week's INBOX features some of the awards for books and journal articles and suggests how you can use these publications in your classroom.
Nonfiction: Look to the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children to find the best nonfiction titles for your students. See the "Children's Literature Review" in Language Arts to learn more about this year's winner: Monsieur Marceau: Actor without Words written by Leda Schubert and illustrated by Gérard DuBois. Learn more about teaching with content-rich nonfiction and informational texts with resources from NCTE and ReadWriteThink.org.
Poetry: NCTE established its Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children in 1977 to honor a living American poet for his or her aggregate work for children ages 3–13. This year's winner is poet and author Joyce Sidman. She is the author of many award-winning children's poetry books, including a Newbery Honor winner and two Caldecott Honor books. View more from NCTE and ReadWriteThink.org about teaching poetry.
Secondary Classroom: The Paul and Kate Farmer Writing Award is given for articles in English Journal written by classroom teachers. In one of this year's winning articles, "Cultural Awareness Logs: A Method for Increasing International-Mindedness among High School and Middle School Students," the author demonstrates the use of Cultural Awareness Logs (CALs) for investigating various literary texts and world cultures within the English classroom. The ReadWriteThink.org lesson plan Assessing Cultural Relevance: Exploring Personal Connections to a Text invites students to evaluate a nonfiction or realistic fiction text for its cultural relevance to themselves personally and as a group. In the second award-winning article, "Changing the Lens: The Necessity of Visual Literacy in the ELA Classroom," the author makes the case for visual literacy as a pedagogical approach to critically consuming the countless images that students encounter on a daily basis. In Judging a Book by Its Cover: The Art and Imagery of The Great Gatsby, from ReadWriteThink.org, students explore The Great Gatsby's allusions to art and its use of visual imagery and conclude their study by designing their own cover for the novel.
Service Learning/Social Justice: The winner of the CEE Janet Emig Award for exemplary scholarship for an article in English Education and the winner of the Alan C. Purves Award for an article in Research in the Teaching of English had something in common: service learning and social justice. The ReadWriteThink.org lesson plan The Great Service-Learning Debate & Research Project asks students to debate the issue of incorporating service learning into their school's curriculum.
Adolescent Literature: This year the CEL English Leadership Quarterly Best Article Award went to Joyce Stallworth and Louel C. Gibbons for "What's on the List . . . Now? A Survey of Book-Length Works Taught in Secondary Schools," in which the authors share their investigations of how secondary English teachers engage young adults in reading quality literature from a plethora of genres and across time periods. Listen to the Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers podcast series for reading recommendations that can be passed along to teen readers. Each episode features in-depth recommendations of titles that will engage and excite these readers.
See the NCTE website for information on all of the awards and a complete list of 2013 winners.
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Close Reading: The Assessment-Instruction Connection
There's still time to join NCTE and Scott Filkins for a one-hour Web seminar on December 10 that will help you consider ways that thoughtful formative assessment can ensure that students are adequately supported in close reading, without removing the productive struggle of working with challenging texts. Registration is open until 1:00 p.m. on the day of the seminar. Can't attend the live event? Purchase the On Demand version!
December 16 Is Deadline for Technology Leadership Fellowship
2013 NCTE Annual Convention Presenters Are Eligible for Fellowship
Each year, the Conference on English Education (CEE) identifies an English Education Fellow for the National Technology Leadership Initiative Fellowship. The recipient is invited to participate in an interdisciplinary symposium at the annual Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education (SITE) international conference and receives conference registration and a plaque. The 2014 SITE Conference will be held March 17-21 in Jacksonville, Florida. All NCTE and CEE members are encouraged to nominate a colleague whose 2013 NCTE Annual Convention presentation demonstrated cutting-edge and generative methods of integrating newer technologies into teacher education courses or workshops. The CEE Commission on New Literacies, Technologies, and Teacher Education, whose members judge the nominations, strongly encourage presenters to self-nominate. The recipient must be a CEE member at the time of the award. See the call for nominations for details; December 16 is the deadline for submissions.
Call for 2014 WLU Elections
The Whole Language Umbrella (WLU) Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2014 elections for the offices of Board Member and President Elect.
Use the nomination form to nominate yourself or a colleague before the January 15, 2014, deadline.
- Board Members serve for three years and must attend two Board meetings per year, one at the WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute in July and one at the NCTE Annual Convention in November.
- The President Elect serves for one year, becomes President for two years, and then becomes Past President for one year.