July 16: Deadline for NCTE/Mailer Writing Awards for Teachers
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Literacy and Social Justice in the Classroom


Shekema SilveriPromoting Educational Equity
NCTE Secondary Representative-at-Large Shekema Silveri writes.  ASCD Inservice blog, June 30, 2015 

Hear more from Shekema on Education Talk Radio.

See the Statement about the Role of Early Childhood Education and Racism, June 15, 2015, from the Affirmative Action Committee of the NCTE Early Childhood Education Assembly.

Writing Instruction in the Culturally Relevant ClassroomListen to an interview with Maisha T. Winn and Latrise Johnson, the authors of Writing Instruction in the Culturally Relevant Classroom

Check out NCTE's new Pinterest Board on Advocacy and Social Justice.

In Case Watched by Educators, Supreme Court Backs Right to Same-Sex Marriage
School Law blog, Education Week, June 26, 2015 

NCTE Resolution on Strengthening Teacher Knowledge of Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender (LGBT) Issues

Hear Jill Hermann-Wilmarth and Caitlin L. Ryan discuss their work and the importance of including LGBT topics in language arts curricula.  Language Arts Podcasts: "Conversation Currents," January 2013

Listen to podcast Episode 13 -- Gay and Lesbian Characters in Young Adult Literature (grades 6-12).  ReadWriteThink.org 

Read "A Queer Literacy Framework Promoting (A)Gender and (A)Sexuality Self-Determination and Justice."  English Journal, May 2015

See "Heterosexual Readers in Search of Queer Authenticity through Self-Selected LGBT Novels."  Teaching English in the Two-Year College, July 2015

Helpful or Harmful? Educators Struggle with Social Media
NCTE member Chris Bronke is featured.  Illinois Public Media, June 24, 2015

The NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies 

Read "Urban Youth Use Twitter to Transform Learning and Engagement."  English Journal, March 2014

Columbia Adds Toni Morrison, but Not Trigger Warnings, to Required Reading
The Huffington Post, June 23, 2015 

The Fiction of Toni Morrison: Reading and Writing on Race, Culture, and IdentityRead how NCTE weighed in on Crafton Hills College's trigger warning case.

See The Fiction of Toni Morrison: Reading and Writing on Race, Culture, and Identity.

Read "Multicultural Literature: Story and Social Action."  School Talk, July 2008



Charles Moran

Charles Moran of Amherst, Massachusetts, passed away on June 21, 2015. Coeditor (with Elizabeth Penfield) of Conversations: Contemporary Critical Theory and the Teaching of Literature, Moran joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1967, was named professor of English in 1983, and continued teaching until his retirement in 2005. He was a member of NCTE and CCCC, serving on convention program review committees, publication editorial boards, and nominating and steering committees for both organizations. Moran also authored numerous journal articles and book chapters, and was director of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Western Massachusetts National Writing Project sites.

Announcements  

Teachers: It's Your Turn to Enter Your Writing!

Middle school and high school teachers are invited to submit their creative nonfiction works in the NCTE/Norman Mailer Writing Awards for Teachers. One winner will receive a cash award of $5,000 and travel and lodging to attend a special award ceremony in fall 2015. July 16 is the submission deadline.

Search Under Way for Next NCTE Executive Director

The National Council of Teachers of English seeks your help in generating an excellent pool of candidates for NCTE's next executive director. We know that you have contacts with leaders who may be ready for a career move to a vital organization where they could flourish as they help the organization progress.

Finding the best qualified leader to take NCTE successfully into the future is a critical goal. If good candidates come to mind, please alert the potential candidate about the position or let our search firm know so that it can contact the person. We appreciate your willingness to help in our process of finding an outstanding leader for NCTE.

Search conducted by Association Strategies, Inc., 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314.  Interested candidates may apply online (scroll down to find the NCTE position).

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