The Shape of Literacy K-16
NCTE 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
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
NCTE 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
Through May: There Is Still Time to Participate in the Assessment Story Project
Assessment That Informs Instruction AND Professional Learning
Literacy in Learning Exchange
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
NCTE 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
Machine 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.
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.
A 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.
CCCC 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.