SCOA NEWS / July 2019
A Newsletter of the NCTE Standing Committee on Affiliates
“It is vitally important to give books, books with difficult truths, to kids who lead difficult lives . . . Books shouldn’t be just about inspiration. They should also be about validation.”
Author Matt Mendez speaking to NCTE Affiliate Leaders at the Folger Shakespeare Library
Approximately 90 participants from 35 affiliates gathered in Washington, D.C. July 12-14 for the 2019 NCTE Affiliate Leadership Meeting.  

Early arrivals on Friday had the opportunity to tour State Department diplomatic reception rooms and learn about the history represented by the amazing furnishings, paintings, and artifacts there. Later that evening, the leadership meeting officially began with a reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library, where affiliate leaders enjoyed participating in a Hamlet skit before viewing some of the library’s rare books and sitting down to dinner with author and guest speaker Matt Mendez. Check out the Twitter hashtag #NCTEAffiliates to see some of the fun!

Saturday’s meeting at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill focused on the sharing of affiliate success stories as well as ideas for increasing membership, strengthening support for teachers, and forming partnerships to further affiliate goals. The day’s agenda included presentations from affiliate leaders as well as marketing expert Rick Whalen of Marketing General and literacy expert Carol Jago of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA.  

Affiliate presenters and participants who haven’t yet posted their resources and session breakout notes are invited to add them to this shared folder. Affiliate leaders who were not able to attend are encouraged to access the folder for ideas and inspiration!

Register now for #NCTE19 in Baltimore, Maryland, November 21-24, and bring your PLN team to the convention! Groups of 10 or more get a 20% discount off the registration rate.   Are you a teacher in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC? If so, you can benefit from discounts especially for you! See registration special pricing information here . NCTE discount codes for travel and hotel are also available.
Affiliate Events at NCTE 2019
As you plan your convention schedule, be sure to register for the Affiliate Breakfast happening bright and early Sunday morning.  Affiliate Awards will be presented at the breakfast, so have that camera ready! Award winners for 2019 will be posted soon.
You’ll also want to bookmark Sunday morning’s Affiliate Extravaganza session! Does your affiliate have a great idea to share in Baltimore? Fill out and submit the Google form linked here . Email with any questions.
Education policy at the federal and state level directly influences literacy learners and educators, and affiliates can play an important role in both keeping members informed of possible changes coming to their classrooms and facilitating opportunities for members to make their voices heard.

The Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts has worked as an organization to connect its members with state legislators. The Texas Legislature meets every other year, and TCTELA’s NCTE Liaison begins tracking education-related bills once the filing date opens a couple of months before the legislature convenes. Not every education bill relates to TCTELA’s mission, so it’s important to narrow the focus and identify a few primary objectives for the year’s advocacy effort. 

Office visits are scheduled for a date in March, with primary consideration going to visiting members of the education committees for the Texas House and Senate.
TCTELA members unable to travel to Austin for a day of meetings at the capitol are provided packets to take to their legislators’ district offices. These packets include an introduction to TCTELA, excerpts from NCTE position statements on the relevant issues, and specific bills which, if passed, would improve literacy assessment for Texas students. 
The work isn’t done after Literacy Education Day: follow-up phone calls and monitoring of identified bills continues. This past session, TCTELA Past President Diane Miller was able to testify at two House hearings related to assessment, and TCTELA NCTE Liaison Tracy Kriese testified in support of a bill to extend a portfolio assessment writing pilot. Email notifications alerted members to opportunities to contact legislators with their viewpoints on those and other assessment related bills.

More information about TCTELA’s Literacy Education Day can be found in the NCTE Affiliate Leadership Meeting shared folder .
July 24-25
North Dakota Council of Teachers of English
September 6-8
South Dakota Council of Teachers of English
September 14
New Mexico Council of Teachers of English
September 22-23
Coalition of Reading and English Supervisors of Texas
Affiliate conferences offer meaningful professional development opportunities to members and provide opportunities for affiliate growth! 

Note that AETA offers four teacher registrations for the price of three. Could bundled registration pricing provide an incentive for area administrators to send more teachers to YOUR affiliate conference?
Please send affiliate news and announcements to for posting on the NCTE Affiliate News page.
Affiliate Annual Reports

The 2019 Affiliate Annual Report Survey and accompanying documents were due July 15 . See this page for survey links, a list of required documents, and more details.

If you haven't submitted the necessary documents, please do so. Thank you.

NCTE Twitter Chat

Join the conversation!  The next NCTE Twitter chat is Sunday, July 21, at 8:00 PM ET on the topic of Questioning and Reimagining Our Teaching of the Canon . Last month’s Twitter chat on Leveraging Summer  is archived here .
Deadline: July 31

The REALM program publicly recognizes excellent literary magazines produced by students with the support of their teachers. REALM is designed to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines that celebrate the art and craft of writing.possibilities.
Deadline: August 1, 2019
The ELATE and NCTE Executive Committees are seeking a volunteer from the membership to serve the profession in revising our CAEP/NCTE standards. An ideal person for this role would have experience with accreditation work, assessment, and/or standards revisions. The expected term of this service is for one year or less, beginning in August 2019; it may involve some travel with expenses paid.

CCCC Members: There Is Still Time to Vote in the 2019 Elections!

Elections will close at 11:59 p.m. Central Time, Thursday, August 1. If you haven’t already voted, check your email and cast your votes for the future leaders of the Conference on College Composition and Communication .
Open Call for Resolutions
When school lets out, we often find the headspace to step out of the day-to-day and consider the bigger picture of our work and the context in which we do it.

As your affiliate thinks about things you’d like to see changed in our field, consider what resolutions might be taken up by the Council in November. The call is open , and NCTE welcomes your submissions!

Resolutions must be submitted by October 15, 2019. Questions
For a complete twelve-month list of affiliate due dates, click the button below.
Questions for NCTE? Reach out to the following contacts for answers.
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