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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.
Happy 450th Birthday, William Shakespeare!
Affirmative Action Ban Upheld
The Supreme Court upholds the right of a state to decide whether or not it will use race in admissions decisions at public institutions of higher education. Inside Higher Ed April 22, 2014
Ideas from NCTE for Teaching All Our Students:
• Culturally relevant teaching is a term created by Gloria Ladson-Billings who, in this interview explores the implications of what it means to develop a culturally relevant pedagogy, how we might think about community in our teaching, and more.
• The authors of Writing Instruction in the Culturally Relevant Classroom suggest that culturally relevant pedagogy can help us reach all of our students—especially those who have been ignored and underserved in America’s classrooms. Although it certainly includes inviting in the voices of those who are generally overlooked in the texts and curricula of US schools, culturally relevant teaching also means recognizing and celebrating those students who show up to our classrooms daily, welcoming their voices, demanding their reflection, and encouraging them toward self-discovery.
Celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros
Children's Day/Book Day Is April 30
"Día is a year-long literacy initiative with culminating April celebrations for children and families across the country," says author Pat Mora, who created El día de los niños/El día de los libros in 1996. "Join us, NCTE members, in celebrating all our children and linking them to bookjoy!"
See these ideas for celebrating Día!
• Children's Days, Book Days: Planning for a Día Year -- see this booklet full of ideas for celebrating children and books all year long!
• Are you a Día advocate or do you aspire to be one? See this mini-poster.
• The Día Family Book Club National Curriculum -- see these lesson plans for ages 4-8 and 8-12 offered by the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC).
• In a series of videos provided by WETV's ¡Colorín Colorado!, Mora talks about Día.
• In this Talking Points article, “Connecting Students to Culturally Relevant Texts,” Yvonne Freeman and David Freeman argue the importance of providing students with culturally relevant books and discuss their criteria for deciding if a book is culturally relevant to a particular child.
• Tune into the ReadWriteThink.org podcast “Latino Literature for Teens” for text recommendations for Día.
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