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Trustees of the Research Foundation

Responsibilities and Activities

Current and Past Trustees


• Deep knowledge of research in language, literacy, and cultural studies
• Ability, energy, imagination, wisdom
• Commitment to the Council’s focus on developing a more diverse membership and leadership
• Commitment to equity methodologies (in research and pedagogy) in support of teachers, students, and families marginalized due to race, ethnicity, language, social class, sexual orientation, faith, and other sociocultural biases
• Willingness to devote time to the Research Foundation
• Ability to work with others in group situations


• Serve three years, taking office at close of Annual Convention in year of election
• Attend two meetings of the Trustees each year: in the spring and at the Annual Convention in the fall.  The Research Foundation will (a) provide $1000 annually to help defray the cost of hotel, meals, and travel for NCTE’s Annual Convention, and (b) cover costs for the Spring Research Foundation meeting to include hotel, meals, and reimbursement for travel (flight or train travel or mileage reimbursement and airport-hotel transportation).
• Support the Foundation’s Cultivating New Voices of Scholars of Color program
• Review and rate research grant proposals and make decisions about awarding funding
• Administer the resources of the Foundation in ways that promote more equitable educational environments for students and teachers


• NCTE Executive Committee (EC) members are constitutionally ineligible to be Trustees. If elected to the EC while serving on the Research Foundation, Trustees must resign from the Board of Trustees
• Persons receiving grant funds from the Research Foundation are not eligible to run for a Trustee position until the funding is completed
• Candidates agree not to campaign during the election process

Election Process

The initial deadline for receipt of written confirmation agreeing to be a candidate and return of biographical statement and photo is January 10 of each year.  If confirmation is received by this date candidate names will be included in the announcement to the NCTE membership in the March Council Chronicle and on the NCTE Website.  If confirmation has not been received by this date, the position will be publicly listed as "to be announced."

January 31 is the final deadline for submission of the final slate for the ballot. All candidates must have submitted written confirmation by this date.

Candidates agree not to campaign during the election process.


Cultivating New Voices of Scholars of Color (CNV) Program

The NCTE Research Foundation’s Cultivating New Voices program provides mentoring for doctoral candidates and early career scholars of color to cultivate abilities to draw from their own cultural and linguistic perspectives as they conduct critically conscious research. The program provides socialization into the research community through interaction with established scholars whose own work is enriched by engagement with new ideas. CNV supports the professional, intellectual, and activist activities of young scholars of color by pairing them with senior scholars to participate in a supportive cohort that brings together fellows, mentors, and invited presenters.

Grants Program

The Research Foundation provides small grants for NCTE members to explore questions related to teaching language, literacy, and culture. The Trustees invite proposals that reflect the diverse interests and membership of NCTE, encouraging proposals focusing on underrepresented populations, curriculum changes and the effect the changes have on students, school policies, changes in teaching methods, student interaction and learning, community literacy, home-school literacy relationships, after-school programs, student literacy practices in and out of school, and other relevant topics of study.

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