Read NCTE's response to the US Department of Education regarding teacher preparation programs.
News & Ideas  

In State of the Union, Obama Pitches College Access, Child-Care Aid

In education, the president wants to make the first two years of community college free for most students, increase investment in early childhood education, increase money for Title I, and develop "next generation" STEM high schools.  Education Week, January 20, 2015 

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Middle-Class Economics for Tuition

Framing higher education in economic national competitiveness terms, the president proposed boosting college access and affordability.  Inside Higher Ed, January 21, 2015

"I Owe It All to Community College":  Tom Hanks echoes the president’s beliefs about community colleges.   The New York Times, January 14, 2015

NCTE Responds to US Department of Education's Proposed Regulations for Teacher Preparation Programs

Citing various CEE policies and our participation through NCATE/CAEP as a reviewing organization for English language arts teacher education programs, the position outlines "the promising elements about proposed changes to the TEACH Grant program, [and] some areas where the proposed measurement criteria appear likely to undermine the published program goals."

Read more about the proposed changes to the TEACH Grant standards and submit comments by the February 2, 2015, deadline.

A New Brand of Superintendents and Their Visions for 2015

"Teachers know the most about what will work in the classroom."  Literacy in Learning Exchange, January 13, 2015

Teachers to the Test

"Evaluating educators based on their students' exam scores is misguided and threatens reform efforts."  The Atlantic, January 8, 2015

NCTE Position Statement on Teacher Evaluation

"Can Classroom Assessments of Student Growth Be Credibly Used to Evaluate Teachers?":  English Journal, September 2013

"Critical Friends: Building a Culture of Collaboration":  Tchers' Voice blog, Teaching Channel, January 14, 2015 

Is Your Team Identifying Essential Learning Targets Together?

The Tempered Radical blog, Center for Teaching Quality, January 9, 2015 

Shared Agreements: Creating a Framework for Efficacious Instruction:  Literacy in Learning Exchange, National Center for Literacy Education

Scrutiny of Scholar's Emails

Inside Higher Ed, January 14, 2015

"English Teachers Adopt Statement on Academic Freedom":  The Blog, Huffington Post, December 12, 2014

NCTE Position Statement on Academic Freedom 

#nctechat on The African American Read-In

Planning Your African American Read-In?

Check out the Storify of "The African American Read-In: Celebrating 25 Years of Encouraging Diversity in Literature" #nctechat with guest hosts David Kirkland (@davidekirkland) & Nicole Warchol (@MsNWarchol).

100 Best Children's Books of All Time

TIME Magazine

The 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time

TIME Magazine 

NOTE: NCTE has defended challenges to more than a third of the books on the ya list above.

"Banned Books -- Complex like the Students We Teach":  Literacy & NCTE Blog, January 15, 2015

NCTE Working on Challenges to History Texts in Two Florida Counties

"Parents Take Aim at History Books":  NBC-2.com, January 14, 2015

"Citizen Group Reviewing Collier Co. Schools' Textbooks":  NBC-2.com, December 29, 2014

Hanover School Board Amends Policies on Controversial Materials

NCTE joined other First Amendment organizations to encourage the board not to "red-flag" books.  Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 13, 2015

YouTube Series Turns Classic Literature into Modern Video Blogs

Teaching Now blog, Education Week Teacher, January 15, 2015 

Check out the Lizzie Bennet series based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Teaching Film Literacy without the Film

NCTE member Frank Baker writes.  MiddleWeb blog, January 11, 2015

See also NCTE's Great Films and How to Teach Them

 . . . Weighing the ESEA

"Reviewing Federal Education Law, Senator Seeks More Local Control":  Especially when it comes to annual testing . . .   The New York Times, January 13, 2015 

"Duncan Wants to Scrap No Child Left Behind, Keep Annual Tests":  U.S. News & World Report, January 12, 2015  

"Student Assessment: Collecting the Evidence":  SmartBlog on Education, SmartBrief, January 7, 2015

5 Fantastic and Fast Formative Assessment Tools

From Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher.  Edutopia.org, January 15, 2015

NCTE Position Statement on Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction 

Tracking and Supporting Student Learning with Kidwatching from ReadWriteThink.org 

"Formative Assessment and the Common Core: Blending the Best in Assessment" from Voices from the Middle describes the importance of combining formative assessment with the CCSS and illustrates ways to plan and manage this union.

"Knowing Better: Examining Assessment" themed issue of English Journal, September 2013

New SAT, New Problems

The Atlantic, January 20, 2015  

Top 5 Student Engagement Myths

ASCDedge, January 9, 2015 

Nominees for 2015 National Teacher of the Year Announced

Teaching Now blog, Education Week Teacher, January 14, 2015

congratulations!

Congratulations to NCTE members Ann Marie Corgill (@acorgill) and Shanna Peeples (@TexasTOY2015)!


Announcements  

January 31: Program Proposal Deadline for Summer Institute

Submit a program proposal by January 31 for the 2015 Literacies for All Summer Institute, July 9-11 in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference theme, "Sharing Our Stories: Re-visioning Our Worlds," invites you to share stories of wonder and frustration as we explore language and literacy learning and teaching.

Will YOU Be the Next Editor of Language Arts?

Language Arts is the journal of the Elementary Section of NCTE. Learn more about applying to become the next editor. Deadline: February 1.

Apply to Become the Next Editor of the SWR Series

Interested in helping to shape the direction of the CCCC monograph series Studies in Writing & Rhetoric? Apply to be the next editor by February 10. 

English Journal: Re-thinking "Adolescence" to Re-imagine English

January 2015 English Journal

See the NCTE website for the online edition of the January English Journal. Subscribers can see the entire journal; NCTE members can access the following articles for a limited time: "A Thousand Writers: Voices of the NWP: The Serious Work of Writing"; "Carpe Librum: Seize the (YA) Book: Will You Go Out with Me? Why First Loves Are Painfully Important to YA Lit"; "EJ in Focus: How Re-thinking 'Adolescence' Helps Re-imagine the Teaching of English"; and "Precocious Knowledge: Using Banned Books to Engage in a Youth Lens." Not an English Journal subscriber? Add EJ to your membership today!

February 13 Is the Deadline for 2015 Student Writing Awards

Entry forms for the 2015 Promising Young Writers (for eighth-grade students) and Achievement Awards in Writing (for high school juniors) are now available. Entries for both programs offer an easy application process and are accepted online in a secure site. February 13 is the entry deadline for both awards.

Student Literary Magazines Honored

Thirty schools have received Highest Awards for their student literary magazines in the 2014 NCTE Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. Many more schools were also recognized for their student publications; see the lists of Highest Award winners and other honorees, organized by state, on the NCTE website

Help Shape the Future Leadership of CCCC

The 2015 CCCC Nominating Committee would like to invite you to submit nominations for the posts of Assistant Chair, Secretary, the Executive Committee, and the 2016 Nominating Committee. Further information about the CCCC elections process and responsibilities associated with each position is available on the CCCC website. Deadline for submitting nominations is February 20. Questions

Featured Career

Career Opportunities

Check out this featured position from NCTE's Career Opportunities page! All can browse, and posting open positions is free to NCTE members.

San Francisco State University Tenure-track position, English Education. 
Open Rank, English, Fall 2015. Ph.D. specializing in English Education. Preference given to candidates who can teach English Language Arts curriculum and methods, Y.A. literature, all levels of composition including advanced composition for teachers seeking the Single Subject Credential in English, literacy theory, graduate composition seminars with additional options in reading theory, literacy/sociolinguistics, rhetoric, and/or literature pedagogy and/or other area(s) of specialization.

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