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Key NCTE Staff:

Executive Director Emily Kirkpatrick  

Emily joined the NCTE staff in November 2015. Through her work as former vice president of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), she has developed a deep appreciation for NCTE goals, initiatives, and members.

NCTE members may be most familiar with Emily as the creator of Wonderopolis® – a modern literacy platform engaging students, educators, and caregivers around nonfiction texts and high-interest topics. The site has garnered awards and wide media attention, as have other initiatives she was responsible for at NCFL that leverage technology to increase access to resources, including the Aprendiendo Juntos Council to study Hispanic and Latino family use of educational technology and the National Literacy Directory – the only listing of local literacy programs in the US.

"I’ve known NCTE staff and members for years as we have worked as colleagues united around literacy," Emily says. "It’s a joy to formally join the organization to work across literacy, English language arts, and English studies. I look forward to working with all members, preschool through university, to compose together the next chapters of the organization’s already illustrious book."

NCTE Intellectual Freedom Center Director Millie Davis

Millie Davis has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom, teaching at the high school and college levels. 

Davis began her work with NCTE’s Anti-Censorship Program when she arrived at NCTE in 1989. She was instrumental in developing NCTE’s current system of response to challenges to instructional materials and in establishing NCTE’s collection of rationales for instructional texts. In addition, Davis continues to work with NCTE members developing and revising position statements to support NCTE’s belief in the student’s right to read and the teacher’s professional judgment in the selection of instructional materials and methods of instruction. 

Through NCTE’s Intellectual Freedom program, Davis offers advice, resources, and letters of support for teachers who face censorship challenges or who want to prepare themselves in advance for such challenges (see NCTE’s Anti-Censorship Center).

Davis currently serves as Senior Developer for Affiliates and Director of the Intellectual Freedom Center for NCTE and often speaks on intellectual freedom and censorship, leadership and organizational management, and writing. 


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