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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.
Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important
The Atlantic, April 8, 2014
Check out these ideas from your colleagues for teaching poetry:
• April 13 #nctechat on "Valuing Poetry in the Common Core Era" with NCTE members Paul Hankins (@PaulWHankins) and Cynthia Alaniz (@utalaniz)
• 360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing by NCTE member Eileen Murphy Buckley; see also Eileen's ReadWriteThink.org lesson plans Speaking Poetry: Exploring Sonic Patterns Through Performance and Sonic Patterns: Exploring Poetic Techniques Through Close Reading
• "Poetry and World War II: Creating Community through Content-Area Writing" from Voices from the Middle
Working with Veterans in College Composition
Hear the interview with NCTE members D. Alexis Hart and Mike Edwards this Thursday, April 17, at noon ET, on Higher Ed Talk Radio.
Hart and Edwards chair the CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication) Veteran Students Task Force, which is charged with conducting research that documents how institutions around the country are doing in response to the influx of veteran students; developing a "Best Practices" document based on the research; drafting a position statement and guidelines for instructors and tutors of college composition to better serve the increasing number of veterans; and thinking critically about the other ways our field can be responsive to the needs of veterans who may not enter our classrooms through the promotion of literacy, language, and writing.
• "An Ethical Obligation": Promising Practices for Student Veterans in College Writing Classrooms (results of a 2011 CCCC Research Grant)
• "Casualties of War: Combat Trauma and the Return of the Combat Veteran": This essay discusses how firsthand accounts of American soldiers can help literature students appreciate how the combat trauma and homecoming experiences of today's soldiers parallel the stories of Homeric heroes.
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