Meet the General Session speakers for the 2016 Annual Convention.

Faces of Advocacy - 2016 NCTE Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 17-20

We are thrilled to announce all of the General Session speakers for NCTE’s Annual Convention November 17-20. Over the next several months you can expect to learn about many more.

Diane Ravitch: Thursday evening November 17Diane Ravitch
Authors as Advocates Panel: Friday morning November 18
General Session Panel

We’ll hear from a panel of distinguished and well-loved authors as they discuss how they use their art to advocate for change. The links below will lead you to some of their advocacy-related work.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Saturday evening November 19Ta-Nehisi Coates

Special thanks to Penguin Random House for making this possible! 

Brad Meltzer: Sunday morning November 20

Brad Meltzer

Is the news of these speakers getting you excited for #NCTE16? Browse the website for more information. Workshops, registration, hotels, travel discounts are all up to date.


Racial Inequality Starts Early – In Preschool
This July 13 article is from The Conversation by Esther Canty-Barnes, a clinical professor of law and director of the Education and Health Law Clinic at Rutgers University Newark. It highlights something the Early Childhood Education Assembly has been working to address through the many resources on their site.

How Many Educators Are Really Literate?
This July 13 Education Week blog from Patrick Larkin calls into question whether teachers today are current with the literacy demands unique to our place in time. Larkin specifically calls out NCTE’s Definition of 21st Century Literacies and asks whether students today are able to exhibit these literacies skills identified eight years ago. What do you think? Tweet your thoughts to @ncte.

Listen in on this great Education Talk Radio interview with John Golden, author of Reading in the Dark and Reading in the Reel World. One tip from John: “To teach film, you do need to know the language of film—try” (You can still save 30% on John Golden’s books and a selection of other resources for teaching film in the NCTE store. Use code FILM2016 at checkout; offer expires at the end of July.)

Joanne Yatvin wrote a thought-provoking piece on “True Grit” for Diane Ravitch's blog July 13, 2016.

sj Miller, member of the CEE Executive Committee, has published a new book: Teaching, Affirming, and Recognizing Trans and Gender Creative Youth.

Haley Moehlis, an English teacher at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA, and award co-coordinator for the Iowa Council of Teachers of English, writes Namaste: An Honest Teaching Philosophy.

The Standing Committee on Affiliates Announces Newsletter Award Winners:

Winner: Ohio Voices, Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts
Honorable Mentions:
MATELA Update, Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts
Texas Voices, Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts
on the literacy & NCte blog  
The following blogs were published in the past week:

Comments to the United States Department of Education regarding state accountability and plans are due August 1, 2016.

Featured View on the Literacy in Learning Exchange

"The Universe Is Change" by Elaine Simos, a member of the NCLE group Downers Grove HS District 99 Literacy Coaches

Picture Yourself as an NCTE Journal Editor
Ever thought about editing an NCTE journal? Learn more about the searches now under way for the next editors of English Journal, English Leadership Quarterly, and Research in the Teaching of English. Applications for the EJ and RTE positions are due August 26; applications for the ELQ position are due September 2. Finalists will be interviewed at the NCTE Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, in November.

CCCC Members: There Is Still Time to Vote in the CCCC Elections
If you haven’t already voted, check your email and cast your votes for the future leaders of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Elections will close at 11:59 p.m. Central Time, Monday, August 1, 2016.

NCTE’s Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar (ATEG) and the ATEG Journal want to hear from elementary school teachers about your experiences (good or bad!) teaching grammar. Read submission details online

NCTE Grants and Awards Opportunities  

2016 Mailer Teacher Writing Award July 22 Deadline 
It’s time for YOU to do the writing! Middle and high school teachers are invited to submit their works of creative nonfiction. Learn about entrance requirements and submit your entry by visiting the NCTE website. One winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Results will be announced in September 2016.

Donald H. Graves Writing Award July 29 Deadline
This award annually recognizes teachers in grades K–6 who, through the teaching of writing, demonstrate an understanding of student improvement in writing.

CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship August 1 Deadline
Presented annually to three works (one book, one article, and one dissertation) published within the past two years that best make queer interventions into the study of composition and rhetoric.

Early Literacy Educator of the Year August 1 Deadline
The NCTE Early Childhood Education Assembly invites nominations for the Early Literacy Educator of the Year Award. This award recognizes one master teacher and one teacher educator focusing on language and literacy development in early childhood.

CEE Research Initiative Grants August 8 Deadline
The Conference on English Education (CEE) invites proposals for research projects that will advance the mission of the organization as articulated through our various position statements and sponsored publications. The CEE Research Initiative will fund up to four proposals at a maximum of $2,500 each. Download the 2016–2017 CEE Research Initiative Call.

CEE Graduate Student Research Award August 8 Deadline

CEE is pleased to announce the establishment of the CEE Graduate Student Research Award. This award seeks to support graduate student research that advances the work of CEE as articulated through the organization's position statements and sponsored publications.

CEE National Technology Leadership Award August 15 Deadline
This award provides an opportunity to present at the annual Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education (SITE) international conference. All NCTE members, especially CEE members, are encouraged to nominate themselves or a colleague whose accepted 2016 NCTE Annual Convention proposal demonstrates cutting-edge and generative methods of integrating newer technologies into teacher education courses or workshops. In addition to teacher education faculty and graduate students, PreK–12 teachers may also be nominated. Visit the call for nomination for complete details.

CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence August 31 Deadline
This award program, established in 2004, honors up to 20 writing programs a year. As a term, programs is intended to be capacious in its application. For a list of programs that are eligible, visit the website.

CCCC James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award September 1 Deadline
Honors a graduate whose dissertation improves the educational process in composition studies or adds to the field's body of knowledge through research or scholarly inquiry.

CCCC Emergent Research/er Awards September 1 Deadline
CCCC is pleased to announce a new grant program, the Emergent Research/er Awards. These awards are intended to invest in our organization's members by rewarding and supporting one or more of the following:

  • Early-stage research
  • Early-career researchers
  • Writing faculty/instructors who have not had an opportunity to engage in funded research
  • Writing faculty/instructors who do not have support for research within their institutions

Only those researchers who have not received previous funding from CCCC for research are eligible to apply for these awards. In addition to research funding (up to $10,000 per project), the Emergent Research/er Awards also provide research support.

2016–2017 CCCC Research Initiative September 1 Deadline
CCCC invites you to apply for the 2016–2017 Research Initiative, which is in its thirteenth year! CCCC plans to fund proposals of up to $10,000 each. For a full description of the guidelines and format requirements, please visit the program website.

Barksdale-Turner Scholarship in African American/Black Literature September 15 Deadline
This $1,000 scholarship is intended to support the continued education of a Black student who is an English major with a demonstrated interest in African American/Black literature. The student must plan to teach.

CEE James Moffett Award September 19 Deadline
The James Moffett Memorial Award is a grant (usually $1,000) offered by CEE, in conjunction with the National Writing Project, to support teacher research projects that further the spirit and scholarship of James Moffett.

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