After decades of top-down interventions, many educators are wary of sweeping reforms. Rather than march to the drumbeat of negative news about failing schools, NCTE (www.ncte.org) and the Ball Foundation (www.ballfoundation.org) are joining together in a project to celebrate the work of successful school teams across the country who are achieving remarkable results in advancing literacy learning, and to share what we learn with education policymakers.
Through the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), we will provide support to and compile evidence about how educators working in cross disciplinary teams design and implement plans to support literacy learners in every classroom. By sharing stories, vignettes, and cases from these schools, NCLE will not only make visible teaching and learning practices, it will highlight the organizational conditions and community support that make real progress possible.
In alliance with stakeholder groups representing educators and school/community leaders from every sector, the National Center for Literacy Education will be inaugurated at the 101st NCTE Annual Convention in Chicago. During the Convention, and for the remainder of the current school year, NCTE members will be invited to use the free Literacy in Learning Exchange website to build or further develop a community of practice in their schools. Schools that embrace the challenge of sponsoring and supporting a community of practice will be eligible to apply for recognition and support as Literacy in Every Classroom Schools.
To complement the gains observed in participating schools, NCLE will fund collaborative research projects and share findings with policy leaders at all levels. Feedback will be provided to school teams who seek information or advice about their work. And NCLE stakeholder organizations will make available what we learn from participating schools through our peer-reviewed publications, seminars, and colloquies.
Join the Council and its allies in writing a future for literacy education that puts the expertise of educators and the interests of students and their families at the center of our work!