Listen to the "Banned Books Week & Graphic Novels" interview with NCTE and ALAN members Jennifer Buehler and Jeffrey Kaplan. Education Talk Radio, September 15, 2014
For NCTE members only -- who get access
Download the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's Banned Books Week Handbook.
Join #nctechat with guest hosts Laura Jimenez (@booktoss), author of Booktoss blog and Boston University School of Education lecturer researching on reading and representation in graphic novels, and Matthew Holm (@mattholm), cocreater of kids' graphic novel series BABYMOUSE and SQUISH and the new COMICS SQUAD!
High School Literary List Causes Kerfuffle with Parents
The challenged books are The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Working Poor: Invisible in America, Siddhartha, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, An Abundance of Katherines, The Glass Castle, and Song of Solomon. NCTE is working on this challenge. CBS-DFW, September 9, 2014
Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, tells us "Why the Best Kids Books Are Written in Blood."
"We're not alone in this struggle," writes Emily Nafziger in "Whose Forebears Are We?" on the new NCTE blog, "Literacy and NCTE."
NCTE's Support for the Students' Right to Read is long-lived:
Check out the NCTEEnglish virtual readout playlist of staff members reading from banned books.
. . . Looking for Book Ideas?
"What Are Kids Reading in Class?": Educators rate some of their favorites. Las Vegas Sun, September 11, 2014
Fiction Teaches Students Empathy, Research Shows
How Common Core's Recommended Books Fail Children of Color
During NCTE's Annual Convention, don't miss the
Can Students "Go Deep" with Digital Reading?
. . . On Free Speech and Academic Freedom in Academia
"Free Speech? For Professors, All It Costs Is a Paycheck": Vitae, The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 8, 2014
How Can You Help Your Young Students Invest In and Critically Read Informational Texts?
Try the NCTE Facilitated Course Supporting Readers of Informational Texts, beginning October 6.
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. . . On Teacher Education
"For Teachers, Many Paths Into the Classroom. . . Some Say Too Many": NPREd blog, NPR, September 12, 2014
How the New SAT Is Trying to Redefine College Readiness
Disciplinary Literacies in Content Area Classrooms
There's still time to join Michael Manderino for his LIVE Web seminar, "Disciplinary Literacies in Content Area Classrooms: Instructional Design for Responsive Instruction," on September 24. During his one-hour Web seminar, Manderino will share approaches for bridging content area literacy practices with disciplinary literacies instruction. Seats are limited, so register today!
CEE Research Initiative: September 22 Is Deadline
Don’t miss your opportunity to submit a Conference on English Education Research Initiative Grant Proposal.
October 1 Is Talking Points Deadline: Exploring and Understanding Literacy
This non-themed issue calls for manuscripts that address inquiries, investigations, and discoveries focused on transforming our understanding of literacy as a progressive ideology based on the goals of democracy and social justice. This issue provides an opportunity to intentionally probe the current state of literacy in a variety of ways. For example, we welcome research that examines student learning, classroom literacy practices, active construction of knowledge, and whole language learning environments. Read more about submitting articles for the May 2015 or other issues of Talking Points.
NCTE Online Courses: Open to Everyone
NCTE Online Courses offer an amazing professional learning experience that is open to everyone. In fact, course facilitators will even differentiate the professional learning experiences and provide choices that acknowledge the many roles we serve within our schools. You won’t encounter meaningless assignments meant to measure seat time. Instead you will be invited to examine multiple course resources and apply what you are learning by creating materials specific to your daily work.
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