Time to Think about  El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Children’s Day/Book Day on April 30
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Poems for All Seasons: NCTE 2015 Notable Poetry List
Find the Notable Poetry list from the 2015 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for ChildrenSchool Library Journal, April 2015 

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Marilyn Singer, the winner of the 2015 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children and writer of over 100 books for children and young adults, including Mirror, Mirror, will be honored and will speak at the Children's Book Awards Luncheon and at a Poetry Award session during the NCTE Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in November.

Celebrate Poetry Month by Listening to the Pulitzer Prize Poetry winner Gregory Pardlo (for Digest) read "Palling Around."

Happy Birthday (on April 23) to William Shakespeare! from ReadWriteThink.org 

"Working with Shakespeare":  Literacy & NCTE Blog, April 19, 2015 

"Connecting Students with Shakespeare's Poetry: Digital Creations of Close Reading":  English Journal, March 2015

Reading Shakespeare Film First from NCTE 

April 2015 #nctechat archive

What Is the Role of Poetry in Literacy Learning?
From learning to read to reading in science, from edible words to the foundation of literacy, poetry is vital to literacy learning. Check out the archive of this #nctechat hosted by Mary Lee Hahn and Janet Wong, complete with dozens of poetry and teaching with poetry suggestions. 

Ralph Fletcher #nctechat tweet about poetry

Seymour Simon #nctechat tweet about poetry

Julie Purinton #nctechat about poetry

Terri Suico #nctechat tweet about poetry

Antero Garcia #nctechat tweet about poetry

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2015 Coming Soon!
What poem will you choose to carry in your pocket on April 30? Here are a few ideas.

"Participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day!" from ReadWriteThink.org

National Poetry Month Poster
If you subscribe to Language Arts, Voices from the Middle, or English Journal, you will find the National Poetry Month poster with your March issue. Otherwise you may order the poster from the Academy of American Poets.  Literacy & NCTE Blog, April 17, 2015 

Senate Panel Votes Unanimously in Favor of No Child Left Behind Revision
The Washington Post, April 16, 2015

Last week hundreds of NCTE members contacted their Senators on the panel in record time to vote no on an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that would have hurt the pieces we helped to get in there about comprehensive literacy education programs. The pieces we worked on were kept intact. This version of ESEA now moves to the full Senate for more amendments and a vote.

It's hard to know exactly when that will happen, but the road ahead is still rocky if ESEA is to be reauthorized with this Congress. We anticipate multiple opportunities in the weeks ahead for you to take action again!

The "Most Powerful" Classroom Innovation -- by the $1 Million Teaching Prize Winner
Nancie Atwell writes.  The Answer Sheet blog, The Washington Post, April 16, 2015

"Social Narrative Writing: (Re)Constructing Kid Culture in the Writer's Workshop":  Language Arts, July 2003

"Reading Poetry for Critical Reflection on Consumer Behavior":  English Journal, January 2010

Principles for the Postsecondary Teaching of Writing from the Conference on College Composition and Communication

2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners in Journalism, Letters, Drama, and Music
The New York Times, April 20, 2015 

Thinking about the Public Service, Investigative, Explanatory, and National Reporting prizes? Consider submitting a nomination for the NCTE Public Language Awards that recognize writers and speakers on issues in the news. The NCTE George Orwell Award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the critical analysis of public discourse. The NCTE Doublespeak Award is an ironic tribute to public speakers who have perpetuated language that is grossly deceptive, evasive, euphemistic, confusing, or self-centered. Eligible nominations for both awards are those appearing or published between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. The nomination deadline for both awards is September 15.

Diversity Lives for Books Likely to Be Censored
NCTE has defended six of the top ten Book Challenges in 2014 noted by the American Library Association, most more than once.  KWWL.com, April 12, 2015 

The Rise in Latino Children's Literature: A 2015 Accounting
School Library Journal, April 3, 2015

El Dia

Time to Think about  El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Children's Day/Book Day
Celebrated on April 30, Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. NCTE is a proud sponsor of Día. 

NCTE College Section Chair R. Joseph Rodriguez talks about the importance of El Día.

Resolution on El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day)

Resolution on the Essential Roles and Value of Literature in the Curriculum  

"Celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day)!" from ReadWriteThink.org

Announcements

 

There's Still Time to Submit a Program Proposal for CCCC 2016

2016 CCCC Annual Convention

The deadline is quickly approaching to submit your 2016 CCCC Annual Convention program proposal. Mailed submissions must be postmarked by April 28; online submissions will be accepted until May 5. "Writing Strategies for Action" takes place April 6-9 in Houston, Texas. Taking Action Sessions will be a special focus of the 2016 Convention. Read more about these special workshops and presentations on the website, check out the call for proposals, and be sure to submit your proposal!

Students Honored for Their Writing

Earlier this month 186 students received certificates of superior writing in NCTE's student writing programs: 141 eleventh-grade students were recognized in the Achievement Awards in Writing program and 45 eighth graders were recognized in the Promising Young Writers program. More than 600 students submitted two pieces of writing that were read by panels of national judges. Nominations for next year's awards are due in February; details and nomination forms will be added to the awards websites later this year.

Nominations for These Awards and Honors Close Soon!

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Explore the Online Program for the IFTE/CEE Summer Conference

2015 IFTE/CEE Summer Conference

The Online Program is now available for the IFTE/CEE Summer Conference. Search through more than 100 panels, workshops, roundtables, and conversations taking place July 6-9, 2015, at Fordham University's Rose Hill Campus in the north Bronx, New York City. Browse the program and then make plans to join the International Federation for the Teaching of English and the Conference on English Education at Fordham this July!

Attention NCTE Affiliate Officers!

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2015 NCTE Affiliate Awards is fast approaching. Most award applications are due May 1; the Affiliate Excellence and Student Affiliate Excellence Awards are due July 15. All affiliate award submission forms are available online. Complete and submit your applications today.

What Others Are Saying about "Using Evidence to Inform Teaching and Learning"

NCTE Online Summer Course

"This course came at perfect time: I am seriously re-envisioning my practice, how I interact with students, how to help them with reading comprehension, and the role of grades. I only wish my entire department had taken the course."  --Ben, High School English Teacher and Department Chair

Read more testimonials about this popular facilitated online course on the NCTE website, and then reserve your seat in the summer session by enrolling today!

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