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Muhammad, Gholnecsar – National Council of Teachers of English, 2023
This policy brief aims to problematize the curricular issues that have traditionally framed schools from the 1600s onward. These framings have taught literacy as decontextualized skills, disconnected from students' lives, their consciousness, and their joy. This tradition has resulted in poor achievement, less rigor, and a lack of intellectual…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Literacy Education, Educational Policy, Minority Groups
Mirra, Nicole; Macaluso, Michael; Morrell, Jodene; Scherff, Lisa – National Council of Teachers of English, 2023
While text selection is indeed a crucial choice that transmits explicit and implicit messages to students about what literature is and why it matters, it remains one element that needs to be put into conversation with a broader set of considerations in order for educators to fully grapple with the nature and purpose of rigorous and transformative…
Descriptors: Literature, Secondary School Students, Teaching Methods, English Instruction
LeBlanc, Robert Jean; Aguilera, Earl; Burriss, Sarah; de Roock, Roberto; Fassbender, Will; Monea, Bethany; Nichols, T. Philip; Pandya, Jessica Zacher; Robinson, Brad; Smith, Anna; Stornaiuolo, Amy – National Council of Teachers of English, 2023
A digital platform is a networked infrastructure that allows people to engage in various kinds of interactions: social, economic, political, educational. Digital platforms can play a fundamental part of today's English language arts (ELA) classroom. Students read, write, view, connect, and interact with, on, and through a kaleidoscope of digital…
Descriptors: Learning Management Systems, Language Arts, English Instruction, Educational Technology
National Council of Teachers of English, 2023
As Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) works to combat white supremacy, create accessible spaces, demand Black linguistic justice, and commit to "the work of antiracist change-making," this work is incomplete without addressing the transphobia and queerphobia inherent to white supremacy. Queer of color, trans of…
Descriptors: Diversity, LGBTQ People, Social Bias, Minority Groups
Hadjioannou, Xenia; Cappiello, Mary Ann; Bandré, Patricia; Burgess, Matthew; Crawford, Patricia; Dávila, Denise; Gardner, Roberta Price; Johnston, Kari; Lowery, Ruth; Stewart, Melissa – National Council of Teachers of English, 2023
Contemporary nonfiction for young people plays a crucial role in the reading and writing lives of K-12 students. It is a rich and compelling genre that supports students' development as critically, visually, and informationally literate 21st century thinkers and creators. Unlike many textbooks and materials written for online or print-based school…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Nonfiction, Literature, Teaching Methods
National Council of Teachers of English, 2023
The authors of this statement call for a recommitment to shared governance, including meaningful faculty involvement and the consultation of scholars in the humanities before making decisions to eliminate academic programs. Furthermore, they stand for fair treatment and equitable working conditions for faculty, graduate instructors, and staff…
Descriptors: College Programs, Retrenchment, Educational Finance, State Universities
National Council of Teachers of English, 2023
The guidelines that follow draw upon the researchers' own experiences as authors, editors, and reviewers but are also informed by the generous contributions of members of the scholarly community. In an attempt to hear other voices and learn about situations outside their own experiences, the authors of this statement invited authors and editors to…
Descriptors: Editing, Ethics, Publications, Mentors
McComiskey, Bruce, Ed. – National Council of Teachers of English, 2022
While social values outside of academia are changing from nationalism to globalization, much of English studies remains entrenched in nationalist discourses. Editor Bruce McComiskey and his contributors argue that English studies must shift from a national (petrified, zombified) to a global (cosmopolitan, planetary) orientation in order to remain…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Linguistics, Nationalism, Relevance (Education)
National Council of Teachers of English, 2022
Writing assessment can be used for a variety of purposes, both inside the classroom and outside: supporting student learning, assigning a grade, placing students in appropriate courses, allowing them to exit a course or sequence of courses, certifying proficiency, and evaluating programs. Given the high-stakes nature of many of these assessment…
Descriptors: Writing Evaluation, Position Papers, Writing Teachers, English Teachers
Hassel, Holly; Phillips, Cassandra – National Council of Teachers of English, 2022
"Materiality and Writing Studies: Aligning Labor, Scholarship, and Teaching" takes an expansive look at the discipline of writing studies, arguing for the centering of the field's research and service on first-year writing, particularly the "new majority" of college students (who are more diverse than ever before) and those who…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Writing Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
National Council of Teachers of English, 2022
This statement is a response to several recent and historical exigencies that have demonstrated a need for a broader conversation about citation justice in rhetoric, composition, and writing studies. This position statement aims to encourage scholars to engage in citation justice in all areas of scholarly production, with the specific goals of:…
Descriptors: Position Papers, Professional Associations, Citations (References), English Instruction
Schmidt, Pauline Skowron; Barber, Susan; Greene, Jen; Roseboro, Anna J. Small; Virgin, Kelly – National Council of Teachers of English, 2022
Book groups are gatherings of readers who aspire to remain lifelong learners. Educators who read and enjoy quality fiction and non-fiction contribute with confidence to the rich, literate environment of classrooms. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) expresses, through rich policy statements and other published works, the vital…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Literacy Education
Calhoon-Dillahunt, Carolyn; Coppola, Shawna; Warrington, Amber; Yagelski, Robert P. – National Council of Teachers of English, 2022
How writing is conceptualized has consequences, especially in educational settings. Yet, despite decades of research and scholarship on writing, writing instruction, and writing assessment, misperceptions about writing and its purpose in schools persist. This position statement is directed primarily toward an external audience of school…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Educational Policy, School Administration, Writing Attitudes
Cordi, Kevin, Comp.; Gentry, Christine, Comp.; Smith, Blaine E., Comp.; Valdez-Gainer, Nancy, Comp. – National Council of Teachers of English, 2022
The definition of storytelling and how it is being used has changed. This is also true when using storytelling in the classroom. What should remain central is how narrative is used in the classroom. The National Council of Teachers of English's Committee on Storytelling advocates that storytelling and the use of story needs to be a key…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Students, Educational Practices, Educational Benefits
Dean, Deborah – National Council of Teachers of English, 2021
"What works?" As teachers, it's a question we often ask ourselves about teaching writing, and it often summarizes other, more specific questions we have: (1) What contributes to an effective climate for writing? (2) What practices and structures best support effective writing instruction? (3) What classroom content helps writers develop?…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Writing Research
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