Welcome, Lead Ambassadors!

Each of the new Lead Ambassadors will take on the responsibility of connecting with NCTE members—on- and off-line—through events, new member welcome sessions, and much more.  This is just a starting point of something we believe will grow bigger and better than we ever could have imagined.” 

Read more from Emily Kirkpatrick's latest issue of Field Notes!
Questions for the Start of School

Some of you are already back in the classroom, and some of you are just gearing up. As you reflect on new beginnings, consider this food for thought from NCTE members:

"Sometimes, we need to look for quick answers to immediate questions, like 'Where can I go for new ideas to start the school year?' Before we jump to something cool or exciting, though, it’s really important to take a small step back and ask a couple of questions: 'What do I want my students to know, understand, and be able to do in relation to their own literacy development?' and 'Will the things I find contribute to those things? How will they?' A possible third and fourth question might be: 'What do these resources say about students, literacy learning, and teaching? Are those things I believe?'" 

Linda Adler-Kassner, CCCC Chair

“We plan activities to get to know our students in authentic ways, but do we have a plan to ensure they get to be their authentic selves in our classrooms?”
Chad Everett, from " The Work of Back to School"

"By connecting with other teachers, exploring the surrounding community, and engaging through social media, teachers can experience the support of their professional communities and find the energy and inspiration to throw open their doors."
Katie Greene, from " Swinging Open Our Classroom Doors" in English Journal

"I learn about my new students by asking them interesting questions about themselves and really listening to their responses. It might sound simplistic, but carefully listening to students is crucial during the initial getting-to-know-you period of a new school year. It’s a powerful way to establish student-teacher relationships by building trust." 

Member News
Congratulations to the winner of the 2017 Promising Researcher Award 
Lamar Johnson of Michigan State University, for his research, “Where Do We Go from Here? Toward a Critical Race English Education”
An honorable mention goes to Jon M. Wargo of Boston College for his research, “Designing More Just Social Futures or Remixing the Radical Present? Queer Rhetorics, Multimodal (Counter)Storytelling, and the Politics of LGBTQ Youth Activism”

Announcing the 2017 Research Foundation Grant Recipients

  • Eliza G. Braden, assistant professor of elementary education, University of South Carolina, “Developing a Critical Literacy Workshop for Parents and Children to Present Immigration and Racial Counter Stories"
  • Christian Ehret, assistant professor, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, “Mohawk Digital Youths’ Project"

Sheridan Blau and Howard Tinberg, coeditors (with Patrick Sullivan) of Deep Reading: Teaching Reading in the Writing Classroom, share their thoughts in this recent Education Talk Radio episode. 

James Blasingame, of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN), is profiled in this article from Blasting News

Kathy Short wrote a wonderful blog post filled with ideas on how to "teach globally" in your classroom.

Read more from NCTE members on the Literacy & NCTE blog.
Get Involved 

Students aren’t the only ones headed back to school. We want to see your excitement for getting back in your classrooms. Share a photo on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter using #NCTEvillage and #BackToSchool so that we can see and share them. 

Looking for more teaching resources and the latest education news highlights? Consider signing up for NCTE’s Smartbrief. This is a 3x/week snapshot of English education news from leading news outlets, summarized for quick reading.  

Awards and Grants

CEE Research Initiative Deadline: August 8, 2017

Research supported by this initiative contributes to and extends CEE’s efforts to communicate what we know and believe about English education. Up to four proposals, at a maximum of $2,500 each, will be funded.

CEE Graduate Student Research Award Deadline: August 8, 2017

The award provides a maximum of $2,500 to support a specific research project conducted by a graduate student; in addition, $500 is provided to support travel to the NCTE Annual Convention to present that research. 

CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence Deadline: August 31

Awards up to 20 outstanding writing programs each year.

CCCC James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award Deadline: September 1

Honors a graduate whose dissertation improves the educational process in composition studies, or adds to the field's body of knowledge, through research or scholarly inquiry.

Emeritus Assembly Scholarship Award Deadline: September 1

Eight scholarships to attend NCTE’s Annual Convention are granted each year by CEE’s Commission to Support Early Career ELA Teachers. The award—complimentary convention registration for eight recipients—is available to teachers and their emeritus CEE mentors who will be presenting in an approved session. 

NCTE Research Foundation Teacher Research Grants Deadline: October 1

Applicants should be full-time classroom teachers at the time of proposal submission and for the length of the grant. Proposals are invited from teachers of children and youth at any level, birth through grade 12. Teachers in urban, suburban, and rural settings are eligible.


George Orwell and Doublespeak Award Deadline: September 15

The NCTE Public Language Awards Committee invites nominations for the 2017 George Orwell and Doublespeak awards. The Orwell Award recognizes writers who have made outstanding contributions to the critical analysis of public discourse. The Doublespeak Award is an ironic tribute to public speakers who have perpetuated language that is grossly deceptive, evasive, euphemistic, confusing, or self-centered.