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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.



Student Writing Awards

Achievement Awards in Writing 
This school-based writing program encourages and publicly recognizes some of the best 11th grade student writers in the nation. Deadline February 24, 2017.

Promising Young Writers  
This school-based writing program stimulates and recognizes student's writing talents and emphasizes the importance of writing skills among eighth-grade students. Deadline February 27, 2017.


Twitter Chats

The Secondary Section Steering Committee will host a High School Matters Twitter chat on the first Wednesday of each month using the #HighSchoolMatters hashtag. While these chats will be sponsored by the Secondary Section Steering Committee, everyone is welcome to join the conversation. 

Join us on POSTPONED Wednesday, February 1, at 8:00 p.m. ET as we kick-off our inaugural High School Matters Twitter chat with "Back to Our Roots: Literature & Literacy."

Come to February's chat ready to share you favorite books, activities, ideas, and lessons. We will be using these questions to drive the conversation:

  • Question 1: What is your favorite book to teach?
  • Question 2: What is your favorite activity to use when teaching literature?
  • Question 3: How do you allow for student choice in literature selections?
  • Question 4: What book have you assigned or recommended that changed a student or class?
  • Question 5: What's a book you want to read or teach that you haven't yet had the opportunity?
  • Question 6: Share a goal, question, or wondering you have about teaching literature as you head into the second half of the year?
  • Question 7: What are suggestions for upcoming chat topics? Who might we consider adding to the conversation? 


African American Read-In

African American Read-In

During the month of February, schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting an African American Read-In. Hosting an event can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book, or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers.  Learn more . . .


English Journal

NCTE's award-winning English Journal is full of ideas on the teaching of writing, reading, literature, and language for teachers in junior and senior high schools. EJ includes information on how teachers are putting the latest technologies to work in their classrooms. Learn how you can write for English Journal.

Not yet a subscriber? Add English Journal to your NCTE membership today!  NCTE members enjoy online access to ALL journals published more than two years ago.

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Literacy Education Advocacy

Policy Analyst Reports

 The Policy Analysis Initiative is a network of NCTE volunteers who track state policy developments impacting English language arts, English studies, literacy, and the humanities. See what is happening in your state!

Explore ways to become an everyday advocate for teachers, for teaching and for student learning.

Twitter as an Advocacy Tool, Literacy & NCTE Blog

What Does It Mean to Advocate for Literacy? 
#nctechat archive with hosts Ernest Morrell & Darren Cambridge

Check out the stories of advocacy told by NCTE members.


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