Banned Books Week 2016: More than just censorship!  
Standing up for Diversity  

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“Whose story gets told, and who gets to tell it? How do you acknowledge oppression without being defined by it? And to what extent should writers bow to popular opinion? There are no simple answers.”

– Dashka Slater, The Uncomfortable Truth About Children's Books,” Mother Jones Sept. 9.

Members have been actively responding to this article for the past few weeks, and their passion for the importance of diverse books will take center stage as Banned Books Week kicks off on September 25. This year's focus is diversity. Need some resources to kick off the week?  

Growing as Professionals: Don’t go it alone.

"Promoting better quality collaboration among teachers is a promising way to grow social and human capital in schools." —Matthew Ronfeldt, University of Michigan School of Education

Ronfeldt’s quote comes from a study about the role collaboration can play in school success. NCTE teachers are no strangers to that concept, but did you know you we’ve got ways to help you make it happen?  

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Connecting College and Career Readiness Standards to Authentic Learning Opportunities Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 4:30 p.m. EDT 
Participate in this upcoming Web seminar with a group of your colleagues. It’s free for members! 


2016 Conference on English Leadership Convention Nov. 20-22 Collaboration will be one of the themes explored at this gathering for literacy leaders. 


2016 Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, Nov. 17-20 Did you know that if you attend with 10 or more colleagues registration drops to just $150? Contact customer service to learn more. Check out the Preview to see what’s in store!  


Start a book club with one of NCTE’s titles! Hot off the presses: Mobile Technologies and the Writing Classroom: Resources for Teachers, edited by Claire Lutkewitte.

Read more articles about collaboration.


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In Memoriam

We are saddened by the recent loss of two authors, Edward Albee, and W.P. Kinsella. Our thoughts are also with the friends and family of Debbie Manning, a valued NCTE member who had served in leadership roles on the board of the Whole Language Umbrella. 


As we head into a week celebrating intellectual freedom and the importance of diversity in books, let’s give another shout-out to Matt de la Peña who received this year’s NCTE National Intellectual Freedom Award

Here are the 2016 NCTE Affiliate Intellectual Freedom Award Winners

  • Sharon Draper, nominated by the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (Read her recent blog post.)
  • Janelle Schultz, nominated by the Nebraska English Language Arts Council
  • Dan Reynolds, nominated by Central California Council of Teachers of English

In other news:

More to Shout About

Read more shout-outs, including more members in the news and a list of recent blogs here


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NEW: September 2016 Council Chronicle

This issue is chock-full of timely and important articles. Here are few examples: 

NCTE Leadership Opportunities: Are You Interested? Deadline October 2

Express your interest in taking part in the 2016 NCTE elections by completing the Leadership Interest Survey that was sent to all voting members of NCTE. We are seeking nominations for major NCTE offices and posts within the NCTE Sections, the Conference on English Education, and the Two-Year College English Association. 

Propose a Resolution Deadline October 15

If you have concerns about issues that affect your teaching, or positions you would like to support, and you think NCTE should take a stand, you have an opportunity to be heard! The 2016 NCTE Committee on Resolutions encourages NCTE members to propose a resolution for consideration during the Annual Convention in November.  

Gear up for the National Day on Writing

Every October 20, NCTE celebrates the importance, joy, and evolution of writing through a tweetup, using the hashtag #WhyIWrite and events hosted by thousands of educators across the country. What will you plan for this year? Get ideas here. 

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