The Next NCTE Vice President Is . . .

NCTE is pleased to announce the election of Leah Zuidema to the position of Vice President.

“NCTE has inspired, equipped, and energized me across every role and context, and I am eager to give back to my professional home and family,” Zuidema says. “I love NCTE for who we are, and for who we have the potential to be. For 20 years, I have listened, learning where we have come from, what we value, what we aspire to.”

Read more and see additional election results here.

Field Notes: Celebrating CEE

"Enriched. Inspired. Motivated. These are words that come to mind when I seek to describe my incredible experience at the Conference on English Education (CEE) summer conference in Columbus, Ohio last week. The theme was (Com)Passionate English Education, and every presentation, discussion, and chance encounter I had with members over those few days brought this theme to life."

–Emily Kirkpatrick, Executive Director

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Great Summer Reads
NCTE Reads
We are thrilled to report that more than 100 members have joined our Facebook group so far to discuss Jennifer Buehler's book Teaching Reading with YA Literature! Check out this blog post from Kirsten Foti that reflects on the first two chapters of the book! 

Haven't had a chance to join yet? You still can! Sign up here.

This new title is perfectly timely and filled with practical resources to help you plan for the fall. You can learn more about it from the authors Richard Beach, Jeff Share, Allen Webb, who have written two posts about the book for the Literacy & NCTE Blog. (Post two goes up tomorrow.)

In this brand new book, editors Patrick Sullivan, Howard Tinberg, and Sheridan Blau have pulled together a set of essays by authors who: 
  1. define the challenges to integrating reading into the writing classroom,
  2. develop a theory of reading as a specific type of inquiry and meaning-making activity, and
  3. offer practical approaches to teaching deep reading in writing courses that can be put immediately to use in the classroom.
Education Funding Update
Executive Director Emily Kirkpatrick issued a press statement about Secretary DeVos's testimony on Tuesday:

"Starving schools and districts of the critical funds necessary to promote the professional development of teachers . . . will accelerate the exodus of the very best teachers from this demanding profession."

Read more.

On May 24, NCTE issued its Statement on the President’s Proposed Budget for FY18.

This summer, NCTE will engage its members to advocate for retaining those programs critical to literacy and professional development. Please visit NCTE’s Take Action page for suggestions in what to do.  If you would like to receive a monthly Advocacy Tip, please write Lu Ann McNabb at
Member News

Congratulations to Gerald Campano, Amy Stornaiuolo, and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, who have been chosen as the next editors of  Research in the Teaching of English . Their first issue will appear in August 2018.
  • The 2017 High School Teacher of Excellence Award Recipients have been announced! 
  • NCTE member and WLU speaker Curtis Acosta will be interviewed on Education Talk Radio this Thursday, June 8, at 10:30am ET, on “The Banning of the Mexican American Studies Program in Tucson, Arizona." 
  • Frank Baker tells us how to read infographics.  
  • Bryan Christopher and Brian Sztabnik made this list of education bloggers
  • Bryan Christopher also has a great piece in Teaching Tolerance about a student whose story he told on the Literacy & NCTE blog 
  • Not surprised that a number of our members are on this list of twitter handles teachers should follow! 

Special thanks to all the NCTE members who contributed posts to the Literacy & NCTE blog over the last few weeks. 

Share Your Secrets for a Supportive Classroom Environment
We want your input for an upcoming Council Chronicle article. Please visit this Google form and enter your ideas! 
Awards and Grants

Donald H. Graves Writing Award: Deadline June 15 
This award recognizes teachers in grades K–6 who, through the teaching of writing, demonstrate an understanding of student improvement in writing. 

NCTE Media Literacy Award Deadline: June 30
This award will be presented to an individual, team, or department that has implemented and refined exemplary media literacy practices in their school. 

NCTE Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines Deadline: July 1
This award publicly recognizes excellent literary magazines produced by students, teachers, and schools. Open to all secondary and middle schools throughout the United States, Canada, Virgin Islands, and to American schools abroad.  

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.
Applicants must be current members of NCTE.

Steven Alvarez presents “Confidence in Community Literacies: Bilingual Writers Reading the World” Thursday, June 15 at 4:30 p.m. EDT This webinar is FREE for NCTE members. Sign up today!