"It’s pretty rare that we have the opportunity to reconnect with the teachers who most inspired us to become the adults we are now, but for so many people I talk to, those life-changers were English or language arts teachers. . ."

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Thank you for inspiring others.

As teachers, you plant the seeds that inspire your students to grow into their own futures and that made us wonder: who inspired you to choose this profession? We'd love to hear your story. Start by downloading this image and posting your answer online using the hashtag #NCTEvillage. Then consider sharing your story

How do you keep yourself inspired? 

By this point in the year, a lot of us are running on fumes, which is why it's nice that we get a few shout-outs in May. But this is also when we start planning for the recharge that summer promises. Here are a few resources to get you thinking: 

  • Can Online Learning Communities Foster Professional Development? from Language Arts, by Richard Beach 
  • Creating a Circle of Learning: Teachers Taking Ownership through Professional Communities, from Voices from the Middle, by Robyn Seglem
  • Professional Learning on a Shoestring: Advice and Reflections from Connected Educators and Authors, from English Leadership Quarterly by Oona Abrams

A good professional text or learning opportunity can also get us refueled. Through the end of May take 20% off books and online learning in the NCTE store. (Member discounts also apply.) Use code APPRECIATE2017 at checkout. 

SIDE NOTE: Are any of our members on Jeopardy this week?
Love that this teacher-contestant gives a shout out to the African American Read-In! 

Terri Pantuso offers this advice for new teachers:

"This is a difficult job that you really can’t learn until you are actually doing it. We give you all of the content and theory, but once you do the work, you’ll see how difficult it really is. You’ll also see how rewarding it can be, so stick it out . . ."      READ MORE

Not an NCTE member? We'd sure love to have you join our village!  

This grant is for first-time NCTE Annual Convention presenters (with an accepted program proposal) who are members of groups historically underrepresented in NCTE and CEE. Up to two $500 awards are offered. Visit the award guidelines for further details. 

Accepting nominations for outstanding books and articles in technical and scientific communication in six categories. 

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 Web Seminar Tuesday, May 23, 5 p.m. ET $50 / FREE for NCTE members
“Connecting with Intention” with Franki Sibberson and William Bass 

#NCTEchat Sunday, May 21, 8 p.m. ET
Planning for Summer Rejuvenation and Learning 

Chicago, Illinois, June 26–28, Roosevelt University
Roosevelt University is offering dorm rooms for $65 a night.
This year’s conference is themed “Engaging Citizens, Building Community” and its mission is to explore the relationships among media literacy education, civic participation, and community building within our contemporary culture.