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NCTE Director of Communications: Jenna Fournel

NCTE Presidential Team:

NCTE President
Jocelyn A. Chadwick

Jocelyn A. Chadwick has more than 30 years experience as a teacher, scholar, and author. Spending the first ten years of her career as a high school English teacher, Chadwick went on to inspire young minds at higher learning institutions in Texas. She recently served as professor of English at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Education and is now a guest lecturer at Harvard, She is also a nationally recognized Mark Twain scholar. Chadwick has presented papers and workshops around the country and abroad. She has served NCTE as chair of the Secondary Section Steering Committee (2012-14); as a member of the NCTE Executive Committee (2012-14); and as a member of the Standing Committee Against Censorship (2002-04).

"As NCTE’s Vice President, my goal is to see our organization recognized as a protean resource on which not only our members, but also their colleagues in other content areas, rely and view as a definitive and expert source of information," Jocelyn Chadwick said at the time of her election in June of 2015. ys. "NCTE’s declared commitment and vision now move us into an active context where we assert our voices; we assume responsibility for and commitment to our profession; we proactively make the recommendations for improvement and implementation of instruction, preparation, and accountability."

In her English Journal article, Jocelyn A. Chadwick describes classroom activities for making characters relevant to contemporary students' lives:  "Making Characters Come Alive: Using Characters for Identification and Engagement"


NCTE President-Elect Franki Sibberson

"When I was a beginning teacher, NCTE helped to ground me in my beliefs," Sibberson says. "The generosity of our members has continued to be critical to my work with children throughout my 29 years in education.  I'm honored to be joining NCTE's elected leadership team as we move into a new era for the organization that has been my professional anchor. It is an important time for literacy education, and I appreciate the opportunity to continue to grow and learn with NCTE's members as we hone our support and leadership in the current landscape."

Sibberson is a third-grade teacher with the Dublin City Schools in Ohio, though her reach has extended far beyond those school walls. A published book author and writer of numerous journal articles and blog posts, she has contributed a great deal of thought and leadership to the content of our discipline. Sibberson has served NCTE in numerous positions, including Elementary Representative-at-Large, and chair and member of the Elementary Section Steering Committee. She currently serves on the NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Committee and on the NCTE Assessment Task Force. She is active in the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts and has served on their executive board. Sibberson has presented at several conferences, including ones sponsored by NCTE, OCTELA, WLU, the Colorado Council International Reading Association, and the Michigan Reading Association.

Recent NCTE materials in which Sibberson has played a role include:

Digital Reading: What’s Essential in Grades 3–8, a book coauthored with William L. Bass II

Conversation Currents: "Students as Writers and Composers: Workshopping in the Digital Age" (Language Arts, January 2015), an interview with Troy Hicks



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