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HIGH SCHOOL MATTERS: The Secondary Section - Previous Revision


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The Secondary Section of the National Council of Teachers of English 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.

HIGH SCHOOL MATTERS: Teacher Spotlight

Dr. Stephen Heller teaches English in the Communication Arts Division at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. A 24 year professional, Dr. Heller currently teaches Freshman Accelerated English and Junior Advanced Placement English. He is the co-author of AP English Bound, and the newest member elected to the Secondary Section Steering Committee.

"At the core of much of my teaching is the belief that literacy informs democracy, and that the ability to read carefully and communicate one’s thoughts in a clear, cogent manner is a marker of real progress—both for individual students and communities as a whole.  Therefore, we do not read and annotate Cassius’ lines about Julius Caesar becoming a threat to Rome so that we will necessarily remember everything Cassius said.

See the full interview here.

Dr. Heller's classroom work.

Nominate a teacher for the High School Matters Spotlight:

Email the Secondary Section Webmaster with:

  • Your nominee's name, school affiliation, and significant biographical information.
  • a 50-100 word description of his/her work.


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Secondary Level Publications

 The Secondary Level journal is English Journal, NCTE's award-winning journal of ideas for English language arts teachers in junior and senior high schools and middle schools. 

Before coming to the convention, don't forget to read up on "The First 100 Years" from the September Issue.




Other NCTE Publications

INBOX—NCTE's weekly e-mail newsletter filled with news, views and ideas you can use. Explore INBOX news with a Secondary level focus.

The Council Chronicle—NCTE’s membership newspaper delive

rs articles about issues and trends in the English Studies.  


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