There are many professional organizations that can help literacy experts stay  involved in the profession beyond their classroom or school assignment. Students in the spring semester of READ 6325 explored various professional organizations and are sharing what they learned through this blog series.

By Annie

The official name of the professional organization is the National Council of Teachers of English and the abbreviation for the official name is NCTE.  The website URL is  The membership fees are $50.00 for elementary, middle school, secondary, and college levels.  This includes a journal subscription.  If you want to buy a journal with out membership, the cost is $75.00.  The Student membership fees are  $25.00 with discounts on journals and other benefits.

NCTE helps advance student learning consistently over time by deepening the members’ understanding of successful instruction, assessment, and evaluation practices in reading, writing, and the language arts.  The organization’s primary task is to connect and support teachers as they work closely with students, administrators, and families to develop and promote lifelong literacy learning. 

The focus for the organization is a professional association of Educators in English Studies, literacy, and Language Arts.  The academic areas that are covered are language arts, reading, and writing for all age levels. The journals that are published are specific to each level. 

Mission Statement: 

The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.

“The Council promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.” 

Sponsored conferences

April 2011 
NCTE Virtual Conference, “Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards”

April 2011 
NCTE Advocacy Month

April 6-11, 2011 
CCCC Annual Convention, “All Our Relations: Contested Space, Contested Knowledge”

June 16-19, 2011 
CEE Summer Conference, “Rediscovering Praxis”

July 21-24, 2011 
Literacies for All Summer Institute

November 17-20, 2011 
NCTE Annual Convention, “Reading the Past, Writing the Future,”

 Resources available

These are just some of the resources available on the website.

Anti-Censorship Center—offers advice, documents, and other support at no cost to teachers faced with challenges to literary works, films and videos, drama productions, or teaching methods.

Books—publishes resources for teachers’ professional development at every level, elementary through college.

 Hot Topics—This section is for airing opinions and for gathering comments on topics that keep English Language Arts teachers up at night.

 Journals—NCTE has peer-reviewed journals for all levels, whether you are an elementary language arts teacher or a literature professor.  The content is current with research, trends, and strategies.  Journals are available in paper and online, along with past issues.

Lesson Plans—This section provides lesson plans that have been classroom-tested and provide ready resources for teachers.

 Membership magazine—NCTE’s membership magazine, The Council Chronicle, has articles about issues and trends in the English language arts, as well as helpful tips and resources that you can put to use in your classroom.

INBOX newsletter—is a weekly e-mail wrap-up of the most important stories in English language arts education, ideas for your classroom, and news from NCTE.

 After reviewing the NCTE’s website, I am considering joining this organization.  The reason why I think this is a fantastic organization is that NCTE has peer-reviewed journals, lesson plans, and sections you can go to on the website for the members that are geared specifically to your level of teaching.  So check out this great website!


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