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It’s been a rough few weeks for teachers, but we don’t give up when the going gets tough. Check out this statement from NCTE’s Conference on College Composition and Communication about what they’re expecting from the Department of Education moving forward.  

Teachers’ tireless efforts to help students grow, and brilliant strategies for doing so rarely garner the headlines they deserve. But we see you, and we want to offer some resources to help keep you fueled:

  • Be connected—Have you followed @ncte on Twitter yet? Dip your toes into an #NCTEchat this Sunday at 8pm ET and see what that community can do.
  • Be proud—Your work is critical! This lovely list from Teacher Toolkit features 156 reasons to teach. What would you add? Share your thoughts via our online storytelling space
  • Be heard—Find new ways to forge ahead through the Everyday Advocacy website. It’s all about changing the literacy education narrative. 

member news  


Divergent Awards
Congratulations to Antero Garcia, Donna Alvermann, and Ernest Morrell, recipients of the 2017 Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies.  

Millie Davis was honored with an Award of Special Distinction from the Ohio Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts at their spring conference in recognition of her "support of affiliates and each student's right to read." In their award letter, OCTELA said, "[H]er work has a profound impact on teachers and students across our nation." 

Special Thanks 
Kristine Shurina (NCTE's 2016 Outstanding Middle Level Educator Award Winner) hosted the Association for Middle Level Educator’s webinar “Strategies For Encouraging Adolescents to Achieve in the Middle School Literacy Classroom” February 1.  

Literacy & NCTE: Check out recent blog posts by NCTE members here.

Members Speak Up About the Future of Public Education  

  • Kylene Beers posts an open letter to the new Secretary of Education.
  • Scott Filkins points to the ways in which educators are mobilizing to speak out.
  • David E. Kirkland suggests we take a broad look at who might influence education policy. 
  • sj Miller calls for action to protect transgender student rights.

In Memoriam
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Robert (Bob) Coleman Small Jr., who passed away last week. From his obituary: “Robert extended his influence on the teaching of English and especially the teaching of young adult literature to a national and international audience.” Bob Small was a staunch defender of teachers against their critics, as for example in this article he wrote with Ruth Cline for English Journal, "The Problem with US Education: Too Much Criticism, Too Little Commitment" (English Journal, Nov. 1994) 


African American Read-In Updates

NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing for High School Juniors
Deadline: February 24 
This blog post by NCTE member Kate Walker explains the award and submission process.   

 Governance and Leadership 

Meet the 2017 Election Candidates
Candidates for NCTE, Section (Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary, College), CEE (Conference on English Education), and TYCA (Two-Year College English Association) elections have been announced. As a reminder, members with a current email address on file will receive their ballot by email. If you wish to change your email address, please visit our website and update your record. Ballots will be sent to current members for whom we do not have email addresses in April. Questions (

Vote on NCTE Resolutions
If you’re a member and haven’t voted on the resolutions we sent via email, please do so right away. 

2017 CCCC Election Nominations
Deadline: February 20
The 2017 CCCC Nominating Committee invites you to submit nominations for the posts of Assistant Chair, members of the Executive Committee, and members of the 2018 Nominating Committee. Information about the CCCC elections process and responsibilities associated with each position is available on the CCCC websiteQuestions (

Seeking an Editor for RTE
Application deadline: March 15
Would you like to help shape the future of language and literacy scholarship? Apply to become the next field editor of Research in the Teaching of English 

Apply to Be a Kent D. Williamson Fellow 
Deadline: February 28
To honor former Executive Director Kent Williamson's commitment to teacher leadership, NCTE has established the Kent D. Williamson Fellowship. This annual fellowship is awarded to an NCTE member selected to spend six weeks in the Washington, DC, office to apply his or her ideas and experience to education policy work.

 Professional Learning 

Critical Literacy at the Intersections of Sport and Society (Live Web Seminar) 
Thursday, February 23 Time: 4:30 p.m. EDT 
FREE for NCTE members / $50 for nonmembers
Luke Rodesiler and Alan Brown, coeditors of Developing Contemporary Literacies through Sports: A Guide for the English Classroom, will explore the ways teachers can foster critical literacy practices—including methods and perspectives used to examine issues of power, privilege, and marginalization in texts and the world around us—by engaging students in the meaningful study of sports culture. 

Episode 10 of the Voices from the Middle Podcast (19:29)
Author Eliot Schrefer shares the most cogent theory of the Harambe meme yet---from a middle schooler, no less, and Voices from the Bookshelf returns with Beth Shaum's recommendations for graphic novels, one of which chronicles “the angst of being a teen, the thrill of being a boat." 

SLAM School 
A Bi-Weekly Series for Educators and Organizers hosted by the NCTE Studies of Literacies & Multimedia (SLAM) 
Feburary 23: How to Contact Legislators—5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST
Every two weeks, beginning February 8, SLAM members will offer guidance and instruction for using specific digital tools and curricular ideas to support civic engagement, protest, and discussion of the crucial issues that are shaping classroom and broader culture. These short (20-30 minute) online sessions are offered free and will be archived via an NCTE YouTube Playlist. 

Library of Congress 2017 Summer Teacher Institutes—Teaching with Primary Sources
Deadline: March 17
The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its week-long summer institutes for K–12 educators. Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, this professional development opportunity provides educators of all disciplines with resources and strategies to effectively integrate primary sources into K–12 classroom teaching.  Each session will focus on pedagogy, with an emphasis on supporting student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge.  

 Awards and Grants 

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