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“Our thoughts go out to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. We are exploring ways to offer support to the teaching and literacy community in Houston, as rebuilding will be a long term endeavor, and will keep our members apprised of next steps.”
– Emily Kirkpatrick, NCTE Executive Director
What's In? What's Out?
As we all head back to school, NCTE asked members what’s in and what’s out in literacy education this year. Here are some things that came up more than once in what we heard and links for further learning:
IN Hyperdocs and 1-to-1 Learning
“Everyone is talking about best practices in 1-to-1 environs: how to get students close-reading, rather than rushing through to vocab matching games or directly to the questions in their online modules.” — Lara Zielinsky
Choice Reading
“When students possess the skills necessary to access, select, use, and effectively evaluate their reading materials, their ability to become engaged members of their communities and productive citizens is enhanced.” —Statement on Classroom Libraries
Critical Thinking
Christa Forster said, “After the election, I was especially committed to making [critical thinking] the driving [focus] of my 10th-grade English course.” Read this New York Timesarticle about a powerful activity she uses to do that. 
Effective Writing Feedback
Nicole Sieben offers an approach in this July 2017 English Journal article: Building Hopeful Secondary School Writers through Effective Feedback Strategies.
“I see a welcome trend in people wanting to learn more about how to make materials, teaching methods, and technologies more accessible for people with disabilities.”
— Patricia Dunn
Anti-Racist Teaching
“Research points out that when we do not explicitly teach anti-racism early, it becomes too easy for a racist consciousness to form in our silence, the same consciousness that tolerates racist acts we see today.” —Statement about the Role of Early Childhood Education and Racism
  • Explore more resources from the Early Childhood Assembly.
  • Additional resources have been added to this blog post from the Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English.
OUT Grammar in Isolation
We’ve got a book about that! Check out the free chapter of Grammar to Get Things Done: A Practical Guide for Teachers Anchored in Real-World Usage by Darren Crovitz and Michelle Devereaux
Lone-Wolf Planning
Collaborating with colleagues can lead to all sorts of new ideas. The latest issue of English Leadership Quarterlyhighlights what’s possible when we collaborate with librarians.
How old-school is the sage on the stage? Check out this article in English Journal from 1967.
Proscriptive Writing
If you’re looking for justification for a different approach, our recently updated statement about writing is a good place to start.


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