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The Council Chronicle

The Council Chronicle, NCTE's membership magazine, delivers articles about issues and trends in the English language arts, as well as helpful tips and resources that you can put to use in your classroom.

September 2010


Try the new easy-to-use "digital edition" —with pages you can turn and additional hyperlinks.


September 2010 issue (PDF format)

Selected articles from the September 2010 Council Chronicle:

Picturing Education: A Family Photo Links Past, Present, Future 
As NCTE’s Centennial approaches, an NCTE member discovers her great-grandfather was a founding member.

Students Honored at Legacy Essay Contest Celebration

President's Commentary
“A Literary Education—Priceless”

Fostering High-Quality Formative Assessment
An NCTE Policy Research Brief

Funny in English, Too 
An Interview with Firoozeh Dumas, Iranian American author of Funny in Farsi

E-Portfolios Prove Their Power at the K-12 Level
The Virginia Beach City Public School District believes in the portfolio process.

Sandy Hayes Elected Vice President of NCTE

Philippa Stratton Is Still Doing What She Loves Most
Co-Founder of Stenhouse Publishers Philippa Stratton Is Awarded NCTE’s 2010 Outstanding Educator Award

Exploring New Literacy Landscapes with Adolescents
Sara Kajder’s new book is Adolescents and Digital Literacies

Reader’s Commentary
Taking the Leap across the Digital Chasm

NCTE Members Elect Officers, Committee Members


NEW: Verizon Thinkfinity's Summer Learning Program Hopes to Stem Learning Loss (Online-Only, June 1, 2010)

March 2010

Read the March 2010 Council Chronicle in its new interactive online format.
March 2010 issue  (PDF format)
Selected articles from the March 2010 Council Chronicle:

Teacher Advocacy: Teachers Speaking Up

Inside NCTE Policy Work
Bringing Member Knowledge and Experience to Bear

Helping English Teachers Thrive and Lead
Insights from the new NCTE book, Building the English Classroom 

Preparing, Inducting, and Retaining English Language Arts Teachers
An NCTE Policy Research Brief

The 2009 Presidential Address
Sailing over the Edge: Navigating the Uncharted Waters of a World Gone Flat

This Is the REMIX!
Renewing Composition and Rhetoric in Louisville CCCC Convention, March 17–20, 2010

Learning As We Go: NCTE, 100 Years and Counting
NCTE's Centennial inspired a new book project

One Hundred Years in 45 Minutes (or less)
An NCTE Centennial film is on its way—View a preview on youtube! 

Nancy Pearl: Über Librarian
Celebrity librarian Nancy Pearl shares her passion for reading

Reader's Commentary
Developing a New Metaphor for the Teacher–Student Teacher Relationship

NCTE Elections
Candidates are announced for Spring elections.

Join us for NCTE Advocacy Day and Month, April 22, 2010, Washington, D.C.!

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November 2009

Read the November 2009 Council Chronicle in its new interactive online format.

November 2009 issue  (PDF format)

Selected articles from the November 2009 Council Chronicle

Laurie Halse Anderson: "Human Beings Need Stories" 

Online Writing Instruction: No Longer a Novelty

Book Collaboration Expands Boundaries: Jerry Pinkney and Marilyn Nelson

Meet the 2009 NCTE Literacy Award Winner: Lisa Nutter

Closing the Gap, All the Gaps (President's Commentary)

 Gallery of Writing Showcases Writing's Power
Read about some of the more than 2,000 galleries that have been created in the National Gallery of Writing.

Celebrate the 21st National African American Read-In!

An Administrator's Guide to Writing Instruction
An NCTE Policy Research Brief

Reader's Commentary
by William McBride 


September 2009

Read the September 2009 Council Chronicle in its new interactive online format.
September 2009 issue  (PDF format)

Writing Outside of School
An NCTE Policy Research Brief

Get Ready for the National Day on Writing
It's almost October--Do you know where your submission for the National Gallery is?

Digital Community Portfolio Project Prepares for Day on Writing
For a little more than two years, David Jolliffe, English professor
at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, has been working with the small community of Augusta to improve literacy. This community project will now be sending literacy artifacts to the National Gallery of Writing. 

Writing Stories That End in Freedom
An Interview with Lorene Cary. Lorene Cary will speak at the CCCC Luncheon on Saturday, November 21, at 12:30 p.m.

Interview with Tracy Kidder
Kidder says he writes "to catch the reflection of a human being on the page." Kidder will speak at the NCTE Annual Convention Saturday General Session at 8:00 p.m.

New Early Childhood Education Assembly Will Continue the Conversation on Young Children and Learning
Vivian Vasquez and Mariana Souto-Manning talk about NCTE's newest Assembly and events planned for the 2009 Convention.

The Sounds of Silence (President's Commentary)

March 2009

Read the March 2009 issue (Note that this is a large PDF file and may take some time to download.)



Literacy Learning in the 21st Century

A New NCTE Policy Brief



Everyday Writing
Words Matter More Than Ever in 21st Century Workplace


National English Honor Society Continues Growth by Dave Wendelin


Best Practices Help End Copyright Confusion by Renee Hobbs
A new policy document from NCTE helps English teachers understand copyright law.


Making Waves in San Francisco by Marilyn J. Valentino
CCCC Convention, March 11–14, 2009


Teacher Advocacy: What Happened in Texas

Texas teachers say teachers everywhere can learn from the experience. NCTE members Alana Morris and Cindy Tyroff are quoted.


NCTE Elections
Candidates are announced for Spring elections.



Reader's Commentary
by Victor Villanueva

From Edge City









The Impulse to Compose and the Age of Composition 
This Presidential Address was delivered by 2007-2008 NCTE President Kathleen Blake Yancey at the Annual Convention in San Antonio in November, 2008.


November 2008 

Read the November 2008 issue (Note that this is a large PDF file and may take some time to download.)

 (Note that this is a large PDF file and may take some time to download.)

The “C’s of Change" 
Students – and Teachers – Learn 21st Century Skills

An Online Extra: The "C's of Change" —Extended Interviews with Members of the New Literacies Research Lab 
Lisa Zawilinski, Donald Leu, and members of the New Literacies Research Lab share additional thoughts on 21st century literacies.

Widening the Audience: Students Reading and Writing Online
A look at how the Internet and collaborative technologies are broadening teaching and learning.


An Online Extra: More Thoughts on 21st Century Literacies
Extended interviews with educators on the meaning of  "21st century literacies," recommendations for using new technologies, and ideas for updating lesson plans to support 21st century learning.  


Fighting for Scientifically Valid Reading Strategies That Work 



Professional Development Resources
Can’t make it to the Convention? Here are some other great options for professional development!

"Being a Writer Depends on Being a Reader"

An Interview with Francine Prose


Reading and Writing Differently               

An Overview for Educators


President's Commentary

Assessment Models Worth Sharing


Reader's Commentary

What Teacher Inquiry Means in Practice


How Will You Celebrate the 20th Annual African American Read-In?   

Make 2009 Your Year to Join In!





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