The NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing program makes use of an advisory committee and state coordinators. Their charges are as follows.
Achievement Awards Advisory Committee: To advise staff on the nature, policies, and procedures regarding the NCTE Achievement Awards, including the following issues: development of a specific plan for involving more public schools in the awards, especially those with large non-white populations; revision of the structure of the award to mitigate the negative effects of competition on student identity and learning; consideration and development of diversified awards: that recognize development of English Language Learners in writing in their first language as well as English composition; that recognize remarkable improvement or growth in writing; that recognize multi-modal composition (digital or non-digital); and that recognize remarkable risk-taking with the process of writing, instead of the exclusive focus on the final draft; and consideration of revising the Achievement Awards procedure, to eliminate the test-like, single-draft, timed essay as part of the award criteria, since recent developments in high-stakes assessment already privilege those who write quickly.
State Coordinators: To advise the NCTE staff liaison on any changes that should be made in the Achievement Awards program; review judging procedures; recommend judges; recommend ways of publicizing the program; investigate ways of aiding the winners; and give suggestions for the impromptu theme topic.
CHAIR, Rebecca Dierking (2008)
INCOMING CHAIR, Susan Reese (2011)
(Ocean Township High School, Oakhurst, NJ)
Brett Baxter (2009)
(LaGrande High School, OR)
Laural Bloom (2009)
(Rio Hondo High School, TX)
Linda Irby (2009)
(Mississippi State University)
Barbara F. Rahal (2008)
(Edinboro University of Pennsylvania)
Executive Committee Liaison, Kathleen Blake Yancey
(Florida State University, Tallahassee)
NCTE Administrative Liaison, Linda Walters