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From the Current Issue:
An Open Letter from NCTE President Ernest Morrell
Concerning NCTE Executive Director Kent Williamson
Our dear friend and colleague Kent Williamson, Executive Director of NCTE and Director of the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), was recently diagnosed with acute monocytic leukemia. Kent received the news shortly after returning home from our nation's capital, where on NCTE's 2014 Advocacy Day he highlighted the release of a new NCLE report titled Remodeling Literacy Learning Together: Paths to Standards Implementation during a briefing on Capitol Hill. Read more.
Wobbling in Public: Supporting New and Experienced Teachers
NCTE members Antero Garcia and Cindy O'Donnell work with their students to (1) challenge preexisting stereotypes of "master" and "novice" teachers; (2) offer a new framework for identifying and working through challenging areas of one's teaching that they call Pose/Wobble/Flow; and (3) underscore how the practice of public reflection is sorely needed in today's teacher education programs. English Journal, July 2014
See also "Pulling Back the Curtain: Engaging Preservice Teachers in Expert Practices of Evaluation and Reflection," English Journal, July 2014
Compare how this course was conducted to how NCTQ evaluates and reports on teacher education programs: "Why NCTQ Is Wrong," NCTE Website
. . . A Few Teachers Tell What They're Doing
"Flipping English Classrooms: Grammar Instruction": NCTE member Jeremy Hyler writes. Chippewa River Writing Project blog, July 21, 2014
"Saved by the Read-Aloud by Ryan M. Hanna": Nerdy Book Club blog, July 27, 2014
"Overcoming Odds in Poor Schools Requires a Personal Touch": Chicago Sun-Times, July 23, 2014
"Carpe Librum: Seize the (YA) Book: We're Not Kidding: Nonfiction Texts to Use across the Curriculum": English Journal, July 2014
See NCTE member Nancy Patterson's response in the Adolescent Literacy Group in the NCTE Connected Community for a discussion on choosing books for students with poor literacy skills.
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