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From the Current Issue:
NCTE Literacy Education Advocacy Day Set for February 27
Register to attend. If you are unable to come to Washington, DC, join us for Advocacy Month during March by signing up to receive updates and tips. Find your voice and speak out to build support for your work as a teacher.
What's Happening at the Core?
NCTE Executive Director Kent Williamson and member Deborah Wooten are quoted. Williamson notes, "At this point, most [educators] have moved on from just working to understand what the standards call for. About half our educators work in schools where a plan for standards implementation is shared with the staff." However, "far fewer than half of schools in CCSS states have purchased 'standards-aligned' materials and instructed teachers to use them." With regard to publishers' vast offerings, "It is far more common for educators to create their own materials and approaches" though "many don't feel particularly well supported in doing so." He adds that educators say their biggest challenge is changing their way of teaching, not the materials themselves. School Library Journal, February 5, 2014
The National Center for Literacy Education, an NCTE initiative, will issue a report on February 27 during Advocacy Day, while NCTE participants are visiting their legislators to emphasize that educator collaboration is key to quality literacy instruction.
Downers Grove High Schools Put New Focus on Literacy Skills
NCTE members Janice Schwarze, Chris Bronke, and Elaine Simos talk about how literacy is integrated in their school. Chicago Tribune, February 7, 2014
Follow the Downers Grove High School District 99 Literacy Coaches on the Literacy in Learning Exchange to read more.
See this NCLE SmartBrief poll on time spent in structured collaboration with other educators.
NCTE Anti-Censorship Center Works with Member to Defend House of the Spirits
NCTE joined the National Coalition Against Censorship, the American Library Association, and others to protest the challenge as it came before the first of two school and district committees. The book will face a ruling by the Watauga County Board of Education on February 27. See a sampling of stories on the controversy:
"On Book Controversy at Watauga High School": Listen as NCTE member Mary Kent Whittaker defends the use of the book in her classroom. Community Forum, WETS-FM, February 8, 2014
"Dear North Carolina": Isabel Allende writes about the challenge. My Invented Isabel blog, February 3, 2014
"School Board Hears from 21 Individuals on Both Sides of Pending Book Challenge at Watauga High School": High Country Press, February 10, 2014
"'The Book' Divides Parents, Students in Watauga": Winston-Salem Journal, February 11, 2014
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