Press Release: PCTELA receives Dream Affiliate Award from NCTE

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National Council of Teachers of English Fund Announces
2016 Teachers for the Dream Affiliate Award

The Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English Language Arts is one of five recipients of the 2016 Teachers for the Dream Affiliate Award given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

The Pennsylvania Council, whose president is Jennifer Brown of Palmyra, Pennsylvania, will recruit English language arts teachers of color by selecting three teaching candidates or early career teachers of color to mentor extensively throughout this initiative and that they will be paired with a local PCTELA board member to mentor them through the process of completing their projects.

The NCTE Fund Teachers for the Dream Affiliate Award presents grants to affiliates of NCTE that initiate a program that will recruit teachers of color into the affiliate or the profession. Programs are judged for their thoroughness and their potential to recruit and retain teachers of color in the profession and the affiliate.

NCTE invites affiliates to implement initiatives aimed at recruiting English language arts teachers of color.  Several documented studies have demonstrated the need to develop recruitment strategies to meet the growing shortage of teachers of color in elementary and secondary American schools where the multiethnic student population continues to increase. In response to this need, the NCTE Fund offers grants of up to $750 each to selected affiliates that submit proposals to implement recruitment initiatives for teachers of color during the school year of the award.

The award winners will be announced at the 2016 NCTE Annual Convention in Atlanta, during the Affiliate Roundtable Breakfast on Sunday, November 20, 2016.

For more information about the NCTE Fund Teachers for the Dream Award, see     

Contact: Millie Davis, Senior Developer, Affiliates, 217-278-3634, mdavis @


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The PCTELA Board and Council are so excited and honored to receive this grant from NCTE. We can’t wait to get rolling with this new initiative. We are looking for someone who is interested in helping us organize this project. If you or ANYONE YOU KNOW might be a good fit for this role, please contact our Executive Director ASAP so we can begin a dialogue. We need someone willing to commit to the project from now until November 2017. This role includes helping with administrative tasks such as creating documents, maintaining records of contact between mentors and mentees, and ensuring that our selected mentees experience plenty of support from our organization.

If selected for this role, you should expect to delegate about 5 hours per month to assigned tasks. Most of this work can be conducted at home via email, web, and phone; however, you can choose to get involved in this project as much or as little as you would like. That is something you can discuss with our Executive Director. Some months may require very few tasks completed, whereas other months, such as in the beginning of the project, might be a little more involved.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in working in this capacity, please chat with our Executive Director, Allison Irwin, as soon as you can. You’re welcome to inquire and ask any questions you have before making any sort of commitment to get involved.

Allison Irwin

Press Release: PCTELA receives Dream Affiliate Award from NCTE