April 30 Deadline: NCTE/Norman Mailer Writing Awards for Students
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The Shape of Literacy K-16

Shanna PeeplesNCTE Member Shanna Peeples Honored as 2015 National
Teacher of the Year
Shanna notes, "Teachers don't get thanked enough." She calls teaching the toughest job she'll ever love because, "You can help write the end of the story for every kid."  CBS This Morning, April 27, 2015 

Censure Threat
The AAUP (American Association of University Professors) Committee A report on the Steven Salaita case at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign may lead to censure.  Inside Higher Ed, April 28, 2015 

The Campus Crusade to "Safely" Squelch Speech
The New York Post, April 27, 2015

bulletNCTE Position Statement on Academic Freedom 

How Teachers Want to Evaluate Their Students
NCTE member Kathryn Mitchell Pierce writes.  The Answer Sheet blog, The Washington Post, April 23, 2015 

bulletThrough May: There Is Still Time to Participate in the Assessment Story Project

Assessment That Informs Instruction AND Professional Learning 
Literacy in Learning Exchange  

Using Evidence to Guide Teaching and Learning Summer 2015

Follow this group for a bird's eye view of what participants in this spring's cohort of Using Evidence to Guide Teaching and Learning are saying about assessment.

Sign up today for the summer session of Using Evidence to Guide Teaching and Learning (June 14-August 1).

What the Data Won't Show
NCTE member Susan Lazear writes.  Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care Blog, March 2, 2015 

For New Federal Law, We Should Be Asking Why and How We Test,
Not Just How Often
Linda Darling-Hammond writes, "In a word, we are stuck with a set of old ideas about testing that are holding back much more productive approaches." She adds, "With the right mix of assessments, students can be engaged in exciting learning that will prepare them for their futures without being over-tested."  The Huffington Post, April 13, 2015 

bulletNCTE continues to urge Congress to Fund and Encourage Assessments for Learning and Innovation in Assessment for Accountability.

Common Core Gets a Footing
Colleges are beginning to use PARCC assessments to determine student placement.  Inside Higher Ed, April 28, 2015

Doctor Test Cracker; or, How I Stopped Worrying and Taught Students How to Beat the Compass Test
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, March 2015 

bulletMachine Scoring in the Assessment of Writing 

The Professor Is In: Asking about the Adjuncts' Work
Vitae, The Professor Is In blog, The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 20, 2015

Review: Rhetoric, Deliberation, and Democracy in an Era of Standards
College English, May 2015

Opening the Conversation: Value-Added Models and Why We Should All Be Worried
English Education, April 2015

Not Just a Matter of Fairness: Adjunct Faculty and Writing Programs in Two-Year Colleges 
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, May 2010

The Spirit and Influence of the Wyoming Resolution: Looking Back to Look Forward 
College English, March 2011

Principles for the Postsecondary Teaching of Writing 
Principle 11: Sound writing instruction is provided by instructors with reasonable and equitable working conditions.

CCCC 2016 Taking Action Sessions

Hear More about CCCC 2016 and the "Taking Action" Sessions from Program Chair Linda Adler-Kassner

Sharing Conference Papers Online
Composing Access, March 6, 2014

Find many CCCC 2015 presentations online in the Connected Community.

This week's big discussion In the Connected Community is about looking for short stories with protagonists with disabilities

El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los LibrosA Day to Celebrate Children and Books!
Literacy & NCTE blog, April 26, 2015

Watch as Día initiator Pat Mora talks about El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros and how you can make every day a Día day.

bulletCCCC Guideline on the National Language Policy (revised in 2015)

April 30 Is Poem in Your Pocket Day
Poets.org, April 28, 2015 

Share your poem and see what poems others are sharing on Twitter at #pocketpoem.

Watch these P.O.P videos featuring contemporary American poets who read both an original poem and a poem by another poet, after which they reflect on their choice.

Lanny van Allen

NCTE has received word of the death on March 27 of Lanny van Allen of Austin, Texas. Lanny, a former teacher of reading and English literature at the middle and high school levels, helped to create the NCTE Middle Level Section in 2000. She was given the Richard Halle Educator of the Year Award in 1997 by the Junior High/Middle School Assembly of NCTE, for which she served as chair for four years.


April 30 Deadline: NCTE/Norman Mailer Writing Awards for Students

Students from high schools and two- and four-year colleges have until noon CT on Thursday, April 30, to submit creative nonfiction and poetry writing for awards sponsored by NCTE and the Norman Mailer Center.

Teachers! Note that noon CT Thursday, July 16, is the deadline for middle school and high school teachers to submit creative nonfiction in the NCTE/Norman Mailer Writing Awards for Teachers.

Application Deadline for Award for Educators of Color Is April 30

Submit your own application or encourage a colleague to apply for the NCTE Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award. This award provides early career teachers of color a national forum for professional collaboration and development by attending the NCTE Annual Convention (year one) and by presenting an NCTE convention session (year two).

Deadline Approaching for 2016 CCCC Convention Proposals

2016 CCCC Program Chair

Next Tuesday is the deadline to submit your online program proposal for the 2016 CCCC Annual Convention! Online submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. CT on May 5. "Writing Strategies for Action" takes place April 6-9 in Houston, Texas. Read the call for proposals for more information, and don’t miss this convention introductory video from Program Chair Linda Adler-Kassner

Professional Dyads and Culturally Responsive Teaching
Call for 2015-2017 Dyad Applications

Deadline Extended to May 15 (Note: School consent is required so if you are interested, start the application process now!)

Professional Dyads and Culturally Responsive Teaching is a two-year professional development project supported by the Early Childhood Education Assembly of NCTE. Applications are open to teacher-teacher educator teams (dyads) who are interested in working within a network of educators to develop culturally relevant literacy practices in diverse preK, kindergarten, first-, and second-grade classrooms. At least one member of each dyad must be a person of color.

Interested in Issues Concerning Adjunct and Contingent Faculty?

Amy Lynch-Biniek, editor of FORUM: Issues about Part-Time and Contingent Faculty, invites submissions to the journal. FORUM is published twice annually (alternately in College Composition and Communication and Teaching English in the Two-Year College) and is sponsored by the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Your Vote Matters in the NCTE Elections

Please take a moment to vote for the future leaders of NCTE, the Conference on English Education, and the Two-Year College English Association. The ballots were emailed to the address we have on file for you. If you do not see the message, please check your Spam or Junk Mail folder. If you haven't received your ballot email(s), or have recently joined or renewed your membership, please send a message to NCTE with your name, mailing address, and email address. Elections will close at 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, June 1.

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC Is Coming to WLU!

Theatre of the Opressed

This year's WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute preconference workshop will focus on the use of dramatic strategies to address issues facing our students, our communities, and ourselves, and we're thrilled to have Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) leading the workshop. TONYC creates theater troupes with community members who face pressing social, economic, health, and human rights issues. The troupes then create and perform plays based on real-life struggles, which engage diverse audiences in theatrical brainstorming to activate communities and creatively challenge systems of oppression. See the Literacies for All Institute website for workshop details.

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