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Promising Young Writers Advisory Committee - Previous Revision


The NCTE Promising Young Writers program makes use of an advisory committee and state coordinators. Their charges are as follows:

Promising Young Writers Committee:  To advise staff on the nature, policies, and procedures regarding the NCTE Promising Young Writer Awards, including the following issues: to develop a specific plan for involving more public schools in the awards, especially those with large non-white populations.

To prepare a written set of recommendations for the Executive Committee regarding the following: 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.

To consider and make recommendations for ways that the work might interface with NCTE's National Day on Writing.

State Coordinators:  To advise the NCTE staff liaison on any changes that should be made in the Promising Young Writers program; to review judging procedures; to recommend judges; to recommend ways to publicize the program; to coordinate judging of papers within the state; to help disseminate information about the winners; and to suggest topics for the impromptu theme.

For information on the Promising Young Writers Program, click here.

2012 Annual Report

Current Members 

CHAIR, Michael Sherry (2015)
(Bloomsburg University, PA)

Carlin Borsheim-Black (2015)
(Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant)

Lucy Bouweraerts (2015)
(Fremont Intermediate School, Oxnard, CA)

Sara Kajder (2014)
(Shadyside Academy Middle School, Pittsburgh, PA)

Executive Committee Liaison, Kathy Short
(University of Arizona, Tucson)

NCTE Administrative Liaison, Linda Walters

Past Members

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