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NCTE Bedrock Beliefs

(November 14, 2007; Motion 2007:60)  

The National Council of Teachers of English, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, represents literacy educators across all educational contexts: early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, and collegiate. 

As members of NCTE, we believe in:

  • The diverse meaning-making abilities of all students. 
  • Students learn through meaningful experiences that honor and build on as well as expand their interests, cultural and linguistic knowledge, and life experience. 
  • The professional integrity of teachers. 

  • Teachers continually refine their professional knowledge and combine it with their knowledge of each student to make wise decisions about assessment and instruction. 
  • The transformative power of language. 
  • Literacy education supports all students in the use of language to interact, imagine, reflect, think critically, and create knowledge in order to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

These fundamental beliefs are elaborated in the following documents:

Core Values and Beliefs

Position Statements



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