Friday Five: Reasons We’re Excited for the NCTE Affiliate Meeting

Today, NCTE affiliates from all over the country will meet in Atlanta, Georgia. There are so many reasons to be excited about this convergence of educators. Here are a few:

  1. Sharon Draper will be making the keynote address tonight! A former teacher and now award-winning author, she spoke at our 2016 PCTELA conference as well as the 2016 NCTE conference and is sure to be an engaging and energizing speaker.
  2. Informal conversations between affiliates. This, like those informal conversations at conferences, is often where we find out best ideas. Collaborations and conversations with other educators in other states is the goal here, and we’re excited to see what ideas the synergy of our conversations generate.
  3. The agenda is packed full of areas for improvement with more formal conversations around: membership, diversity, social media, advocacy. Like in our classrooms, our organization always has room for growth, and we look forward to the presentations and conversations afforded by this convergence of educators and affiliates.
  4. On Sunday, Millie Davis & Leila Christenbury will be presenting about Intellectual Freedom, a topic we’re particularly interested in right now.
  5. It feels like Thanksgiving in the summer! The energy and excitement of meeting other teachers and making connections in the summer is like attending the annual NCTE conference. We’re grateful to be a part of this organization and to add our voice to the conversation.

Posted by Kate, Blog Editor and Book Reviewer for PCTELA

Friday Five: Reasons We’re Excited for the NCTE Affiliate Meeting

NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing for High School Juniors

Something I learned through PCTELA was that I could get involved in committees and make a direct impact on our students and teachers by being involved. This blog was created as a result of a committee within PCTELA about two and half years ago.  Also because of PCTELA, I became a member of NCTE’s Achievement Awards in Writing Advisory Committee, which helps create the yearly prompts and create guidelines for evaluating student writing.

This blog has two purposes:

  1. to challenge you to join a committee with your state affiliate or with NCTE. Committees allow you to get work done with a small, dedicated group of people.
  2. Encourage the members of your high school to celebrate student writing along with us and help students apply for this writing award.

This year’s submission link can be found here: 2017 Achievement Awards in Writing Submission Site.  Deadline: February 24, 2017.

Eligibility:  Juniors in the current academic school year are eligible to be nominated by their school’s English department.

Award Specifics:

  1. Best Writing – one sample which the student considers her or his best work. The best writing may be in any genre or combination of genres (poetry, narrative, argument, expository). An excerpt from a larger piece of writing by the student is acceptable with a paragraph explaining the piece from which the excerpt was taken. Maximum length for the best writing is six (6) pages. The student’s name and “Best” must appear in the upper left-hand corner of each page.
  2. Themed Writing – must be written based on the topic developed by the Achievement Awards Advisory Committee. Maximum length for the theme writing is four (4) pages. The student’s name and “Themed” must appear in the upper left-hand corner of each page. 2017 Achievement Awards in Writing Theme.

This year’s submission link can be found here: 2017 Achievement Awards in Writing Submission Site.  Deadline: February 24, 2017.

This award is not just about winning, it is about our approach to helping students become better writers and thinkers.  Here are our guiding principles:

  • The Achievement Awards in Writing serves as a powerful means through which NCTE can recognize and empower student writers and their teachers.
  • The awards also offer a powerful opportunity for writing instruction: for student writers and writing teachers.

Please consider sharing this information with department heads, counselors, principals, and teachers. For more information, go to the Achievement Awards in Writing main website. Thank you for considering this opportunity to share and celebrate student writing.

Posted by Kate, PCTELA Blog Editor and committee member of NCTE’s Achievement Awards for Writing Advisory Committee.

aaw

NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing for High School Juniors

Fund Teachers for the Dream Application

Fund Teachers for the Dream Grant Proposal and Application

The Fund the Dream grant was awarded to the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (PCTELA) by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). We are using this grant in order to mentor teaching candidates and new teachers in their first three years of teaching. Our goal is to select teachers of color who are enthusiastic, academically ­driven, and passionate about this profession! We want to support these teachers in developing and implementing a mentoring opportunity for students so they can grow professionally and share that flare for learning with students across Pennsylvania.

We will be selecting up to three teaching candidates and/or new teachers from Pennsylvania to mentor as they develop a mentoring activity for students in a “pay it forward” play on professional development.

The teaching candidates and/or new teachers selected for this opportunity will be given:

●  Up to $125 to purchase materials for your proposed mentoring activity

●  $50 to purchase books published by NCTE

●  Complimentary one­day registration to the October 2017 Annual PCTELA Conference in Pittsburgh, PA

Please take 10­-15 minutes to write a short response to the following questions and submit your proposal either online or via email to our Executive Director, Allison Irwin. You do not need to be an English or Reading teacher to submit a proposal! We welcome all teachers with a heart for using literacy in the classroom (reading, writing, speaking, and listening standards) to apply!

Sincerely,

Allison Irwin Executive Director PCTELA

ae_irwin@hotmail.com


APPLY HERE

Fund Teachers for the Dream Application