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HIGH SCHOOL MATTERS: The Secondary Section

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The Secondary Section  enhances the professional lives of secondary English language arts educators and the quality of education of their students by providing multiple forums for significant dialogue on historical, current, and emerging topics of interest to secondary English language arts educators.

Congratulations to Our National Teacher of the Year!

The Secondary Section congratulates member Shanna Peeples of Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas, for being named 2015 National Teacher of the Year!

2015 NCTE Annual Convention

Registration is now open for this November's NCTE Annual Convention: Responsibility, Creativity, and the Arts of Language. Program Chair Doug Hesse calls us to "value not only workers but also citizens, not only students passing tests but also social beings making connections, not only information processors but also idea creators." Doug urges us, "At a cultural moment when it’s tempting to make the world defensively smaller," to "advocate the ample arts of language" and "advance literate life at its richest."

The Secondary Section will host our annual Secondary Get-Together, with keynote speaker Taylor Mali (see him perform "What Teachers Make"); Secondary Level Luncheon, with keynote speaker Lois Lowry; dynamic High School Matters roundtable session, and many more valuable and inspiring sessions. Check back here for details as we near November!

Meet Our Newly Elected Leaders!

Janet AtkinsJanet Atkins has been elected to serve on the Secondary Section Steering Committee beginning on Sunday, November 22, 2015. She teachers at Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, South Carolina.

Welcome to our 2015-2016 Nominating Committee, made up of Chair Amy Rasmussen (Lewisville High School, Lewisville, Texas), Dan Bruno (Springfield Township High School, Glenside, Pennsylvania), and Zachory Kirk (Henry County Schools, Decatur, Georgia).



Nearly every month, the Secondary Section Steering Committee shares a lesson for teachers to use in whole or in part. This series, ENGAGE NOW!, allows each Steering Committee member to engage with teachers in the Secondary Section.

Shared in Connected Community's Teaching and Learning Forum, each lesson offers resources, instructional strategies, and immersive activities that facilitate research and critical thinking. ENGAGE NOW! lessons establish "a transaction between our students and the worlds of the past and present as represented through a myriad of texts and genres" (Ernest Morrell, NCTE Past President).

Principles in Practice Imprint

Entering the ConversationsNCTE’s K-12 Principles in Practice imprint connects research with classroom practice offering teachers concrete illustrations of effective classroom practices based in NCTE research briefs and policy statements. Check out the books in the new Literacies of the Disciplines strand.

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