Perspectives

Take part in the largest reading event in the United States on Monday, March 2! Gather books and readers for NEA’s Read Across America Day, celebrated on or around the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

As more and more schools, elementary and secondary, are making the decision to go 1:1, providing each student with specific technological devices to facilitate learning in the classroom, there seems to be more of a need for educators to familiarize themselves with the importance of the emerging research set out to investigate and define what it means to be digitally literate. Community High School District 99, located in Downers Grove, IL, has recently announced its plan to provide each student next year with a Chromebook.

Since last summer, I’ve had the real pleasure of facilitating an online course on formative assessment for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). In each of the first two cohorts, a dozen or so teachers from all sorts of contexts and backgrounds collaborated around individual goals and some common learning experiences, all geared toward getting to know

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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Assessment 
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  • Share Your Stories of Assessment

    The NCTE Task Force on Assessment invites you to complete a 5-question survey so we can learn from teachers

     
    When Chelsia Berry, STEM academic coordinator and biology teacher at Central High School in Prince George’s County, Md., participated in the October 6 Good Teaching Summit put together by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, she discussed her definition of good teaching. For her that included words such as “collaboration, professional-learning communities, journeys, interaction, real-world, and opportunity.”
     
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  • Teaching is hard; no…that’s not it. Teaching is: frustrating, seemingly impossible, joyful, mind-bending, collaborative, blissful, all-consuming, and a passion. But most importantly, one thing it is NOT is static. We live in an educational world that is ever-changing because we live in a world in which people are ever-changing…our students never stop growing (physically and mentally).

    Most Recent: February 25, 2015

    Multicultural Literature

    Many awards and literature celebrations are held this time of year, which makes it a perfect time to look at multicultural literature.

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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Equity Issues, Family Literacy
  • The Association for Career and Technical Education has partnered with several organizations, including NCLE, to develop CORE Community, a place for career and technical education (CTE) teachers to develop, share and receive support related to academic integration and the Common Core State Standards. CORE Community is currently seeking participants for its free pilot which will launch on February 16, 2015.

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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Content Area Literacies
  • This blog was authored by Cathy Fleischer, Tracy Anderson, and members of the Eastern Michigan Writing Project Teacher Research Group. We thank the group for allowing us to share this blog more widely with the NCLE community. You can observe the EMWPTR group’s learning by clicking “follow” on their group page.

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  • Capacity Building: Inquiry Stance, Using Evidence
  • Selected Literacy Topics: Digital Literacies , Writing
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  • Join over a million readers as part of the Twenty-Sixth National African American Read-In in February 2015!

    Last week I attended a web event hosted by the Northwest Evaluation Association discussing the findings from their report, Make Assessments Matter: Students and Teachers Want Tests that Support Learning

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  • “It is very nearly impossible, after all, to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.”
     
    During my 18 years as a public high school English teacher, I had a standing commitment shared with my students: I taught with my door open.
     
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  • Thanks to Leslie Patterson for allowing us to share this blog from the Human Systems Dynamics Institute group more widely with the NCLE community. 
     
    Most Recent: January 5, 2015
    How well do you get along with your neighbors at school? Do you just teach next door to each other, or are you really professional friends?  Because it takes a village to raise a child, you really have to be able to grow knowledge with the teachers in the classroom down the hall, and with the school down the road!  
     
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  • Aren't We ALL ELLs?

    When does one become fluent in English?  Don't we all encounter words or phrases in written and spoken language that we just don't get?  Words we add to the big bank of ideas in our heads?  Aren't there words we have to decipher using the same context clues, affixes and base words we teach our own students to access each time they hit a wall? 

    Most Recent: December 11, 2014

    The last days of 2014 are counting down, and it's likely that your days in the classroom for 2014 are even fewer! As you're planning for the last days of the calendar year, consider using ReadWriteThink.org interactive tools for one of these fun, winter activities:

    As part of my work with the Write for Texas project I participated in a MOOC on Disciplinary Literacy. This is my first time to be part of a MOOC, a Massive Open Online Course. MOOC’s have become popular in recent years because they are free courses. This couse was a six week course designed to help teachers in content areas learn about disciplinary literacy and then practice writing lesson plans using what they learned.

    Most Recent: December 14, 2014
    Text reprinted with permission from Elizabeth Stein's MiddleWeb Blog, Two Teachers in the Room. 
     
    By now co-teachers around the nation have had a chance to get off on the right foot. I hope you had a flying start! Maybe even hit the ground running!

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  • Let’s imagine you’re in a school where authentic assessment prevails, inquiry drives the professional learning process, and time for collaboration has been built into the day.
     
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