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From the Current Issue:
Write, Phone, or Tweet for Literacy Education
In 3 minutes, right from your smart phone or your desktop, you can make a difference. Contact your legislator now through February 28 so that issues important to NCTE members are on the minds of legislators when NCTE advocates for literacy education this Thursday in Washington, DC. Share your expertise as an educator and your experience in the classroom and ask your legislators to
- support professional learning defined as teacher collaboration,
- rely on and support the professional expertise of teachers, and
- recommend that evaluation of institutions of higher education be based on multiple factors and with multiple kinds of evidence.
See also NCTE's 2014 Education Policy Platform and additional ideas for advocating for literacy education, students, and teachers that you can use during Literacy Education Advocacy Month in March and all year long!
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.
NCTE's Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction: A Round-Up of Thoughts
NCTE member Franki Sibberson writes: "On Sunday, February 16, I hosted an #nctechat with @anterobot on formative assessment. The conversation focused on the new position statement from NCTE: Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction. It is a document that we think can make a difference, and the chat was an energized one with so many powerful ideas." A Year of Reading blog, February 23, 2014
what NCTE Social Media Coordinator Beth Shaum has to say about the #nctechat on formative assessment.
NCTE Announces New Outstanding Fiction Award
Named after an esteemed children's literature specialist and NCTE member, the Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children will promote and recognize excellence in the writing of fiction for children. The award commemorates the work of Charlotte Huck and her focus on the importance of bringing books and children together in significant ways at the same time that it recognizes fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder. Look for the winning titles in January.
. . . On Learning to Read
"How Children Learn to Read": NCTE Past President Joanne Yatvin writes. The Answer Sheet blog, The Washington Post, February 19, 2014
"States Want Kids to Learn a Lot -- Maybe Too Much": NPR, February 16, 2014
What Shall We Do about Reading Today?
NCTE Historian Paul Thomas has compiled an annotated bibliography of reading researcher and teacher educator (and NCTE president in 1953-1954) Lou LaBrant. Her words from 1942: "Surround children with books, give them healthful surroundings and an opportunity to read freely." Lou LaBrant Annotated Bibliography blog, February 25, 2014
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