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NCTE Presidential Team
NCTE President Kylene Beers
Kylene Beers is Senior Reading Advisor to Secondary Schools for Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University. A former middle school teacher, Beers has turned her commitment to adolescent literacy into the major focus of her research, writing, speaking, and teaching.
Beers is the author of When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do (Heinemann, 2002) and co-editor of Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice (Heinemann, 2007). The former editor of NCTE's literacy journal Voices from the Middle, she is the current NCTE President. Additionally, Beers is the senior program author of Holt Rinehart and Winston’s Elements of Literature, grades 6-12, and Holt Literature and Language Arts, grades 6-11, and is co-editor of Into Focus: Understanding and Creating Middle School Readers (Christopher-Gordon, 1998).
With articles in English Journal, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, School Library Journal, Middle Matters, and Voices from the Middle, Beers is a recognized authority on struggling readers who speaks both nationally and internationally. She has served on the review boards of the English Journal and The ALAN Review, and on the SIGNAL Board (Special Interest Group on Adolescent Literature) of the International Reading Association as well as the ALAN Board (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents) of the National Council of Teachers of English. She is the 2001 recipient of the Richard W. Halle Award given by NCTE for outstanding contributions to middle school literacy. Beers divides her time between Houston, Texas, where she lives and consults in area schools, and New York City, where she works with the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Beers is also the author of The Genteel Unteaching of America's Poor (March 2009).
Listen to Kylene's interview on Minnesota Public Radio
Watch Kylene's interview on WBZ-TV
NCTE President-Elect Carol Jago
Carol Jago, NCTE President-Elect, is a literacy coach at Santa Monica High School and co-director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA.
She has served as a member of the NCTE Resolutions Committee, Commission on Literature, Secondary Section, Editorial Board, and Affiliates Committee.
Jago writes and speaks on literature, including teaching the classics, writing, and the reading/writing connection. Her many publications include the following: Nikki Giovanni in the Classroom (NCTE, 1999); Alice Walker in the Classroom (NCTE, 2000); With Rigor for All: Teaching the Classics to Contemporary Students (Heinemann, 2000); Beyond Standards: Excellence in the High School Classroom (Boynton/Cook, 2001), Classics in the Classroom: Designing Accessible Literature Lessons (2004).
Jago is also the author of tis perspective: Crash! The Currency Crisis in American Culture (May 2009).
NCTE Vice President Yvonne Siu-Runyan
Yvonne Siu-Runyan is professor emertia from the University of Northern Colorado. Formerly, Siu-Runyan was a classroom teacher for grades K-12; a district reading specialist and language arts coordinator for Boulder Valley Public Schools; and participated in, as well as chaired, NCTE’s Elementary Section Steering Committee.
Siu-Runyan believes that “Stories matter!” and that “Literacy should empower all its citizens – the young and the seasoned – to learn about the world around us, and question the status quo, uncover social inequalities and injustices, and take social action.”
Siu-Runyan has published articles in several literary magazines including Language Arts, The Reading Teacher; Journal of Reading, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literature, and School Talk. She has also written the “Forward: Notable books for the Global Society – the Beginnings” in Breaking Boundaries with Global Literature for IRA and “Asian and Pacific Island Literature,” in Adventuring with Books, 13th edition for NCTE.
NCTE Past President Kathleen Blake Yancey
Kathleen Blake Yancey is Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English at Florida State University, where she directs the doctoral program in rhetoric and composition.
Yancey served as the 2004 Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) and as Chair of the College Section of NCTE from 1998 to 2001. A Past President of The Council of Writing Program Administrators, she co-founded the journal Assessing Writing and co-edited it for 7 years, and in 2003, she co-founded the National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research, which she continues to co-direct.
Yancey is the author, editor, or coeditor of over 50 chapters and articles and of eight books: Portfolios in the Writing Classroom (1992), Voices on Voice (1994), Assessing Writing Across the Curriculum (1997), Situating Portfolios (1997), Reflection in the Writing Classroom (1998), Self-Assessment and Development in Writing (2000), Electronic Portfolios (2001), and Teaching Literature as Reflective Practice (2004).
Yancey is also the author of Writing in the 21st Century (February 2009).
Listen to Kathi's interview on National Public Radio