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The Member Experience: Benefits That Meet Your Needs

Current Focus:   NCTE Supports Teacher Teams

Teacher Learning Communities ...
Teacher Teams ...
Communities of Practice ...

no matter what name it is given, NCTE recognizes the importance of professional learning groups as places where teachers can grow in their instructional skills, develop creative, effective teaching strategies, and collaborate with colleagues.

Teachers Organizing for ChangeTeachers Organizing for Change
Author: Cathy Fleischer

This book offers teachers and teacher educators a practical, hands-on guide to effecting positive change in their own learning communities and in the larger social community.

Teachers Organizing for ChangeTeacher Study Groups
Authors: Barbara Birchak, Clayton Connor, Kathleen Crawford-McKinney,
Leslie Kahn, Sandy Kaser, Susan Ropp, Kathy Short

Includes many practical suggestions for organizing, facilitating,
and dealing with group dynamics within a study group.


Research shows that teacher learning communities enhance teacher quality, and teacher quality is the most important factor in enhancing student achievement.

NCTE Policy Research Brief, 2010Teacher Learning Communities




The Connected Community

NCTE's Connected Community is a friendly, productive digital space for literacy teachers to come together online to gain easy access to each other’s best ideas and support one another’s efforts. Enjoy the benefits of networking with some of the best minds in literacy education today!


The Literacy in Learning Exchange

The Literacy in Learning Exchange is a digital resource like no other that  supports literacy learning in all content areas by making visible the work of successful school teams.

NCTE Journals

"Give Them Something to Talk About: The Role of Dialogue in Mentoring Relationships," English Journal, January 2013

"How Can Teachers Increase Classroom Use of Academic Vocabulary?" Voices from the Middle, May 2013

"Welcoming Their Worlds: Rethinking Literacy Instruction through Community Mapping," Language Arts, May 2013

NCTE members enjoy online access to ALL journals published more than two years ago!  Search to find articles and share with your teaching team today!


Our Annual Convention and other meetings allow for gatherings of large communities. Join us in Boston, Massachusetts at our Annual Convention, November 20-24, 2013. 


Our Constituent groups (CCCC, CEE, CEL, TYCA, WLU) and Affiliates allow for English language arts professionals to join communities of practice based on their geographical proximity, their level of interest (elementary, middle, secondary, college), or their professional philosophy. 


Sarah Brown Wessling“As [we] have mentioned … planning and teaching are collaborative processes strengthened by the support of colleagues. … [Y]our ability to positively affect student learning is largely influenced by the relationships you foster with colleagues, as well.”

2010-11 Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling, Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: Grades 9-12, by Sarah Brown Wessling, with Danielle Lillge and Crystal VanKooten.





Don’t forget to round-out your NCTE Membership Experience by getting involved in our social networking sites where literacy educators meet and interact on topics that you care about every day.


For me, my membership in NCTE made the difference between having a job that I got up and went to everyday, and having a career that I thrived in and loved!
Sandy Hayes, NCTE Member, Middle Level Section

Experience Membership for yourself. Join today!




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