NCTE Standing Committee on Affiliates
Annual Reports to NCTE Are Due July 15: Remember that NCTE Headquarters needs your affiliate’sannual report. The details and link to the Annual Report Survey appear on the site. Details from the annual reports guide NCTE’s efforts to help affiliates serve their members year-round.
Registration for NCTE Annual Convention Is Live: The registration formfor the NCTE Annual Convention in Minneapolis November 19-24 is now available. Remember to include a ticket for the Affiliate Roundtable Breakfast on Sunday, November 22, in your order. Find information about lodging and online reservations at NCTE’s 2015 Annual Convention Hotels. Reserve a room early to allow the best choice of location and rate.
Regional Representatives Welcome Suggestions: Your regional representative is still working with the SCOA to plan the annual leadership meeting in San Jose next month. Please send your suggestions about topics to include to your representative. Regional representatives also welcome advice about subjects for the Friday afternoon meeting of affiliate leaders at the Annual Convention. (See contact information at the end of this newsletter.)
Two Affiliates Initiate Twitter Chats: The New England Association of Teachers of English (NEATE) and the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (PCTELA) have initiated Twitter chats. The leaders welcome browsing the numerous suggestions, opinions, and discussions. Click on the relevant links. NEATE had a strong scheduled, focused chat about mentor texts on May 21.
KATE Initiates New Electronic Anthology: The Kansas Association of Teachers of English (KATE) has launched Voices of Kansas, an online anthology of student writing. The introduction to the first issue describes its distinctive features:
“This first edition of Voices of Kansas is a departure from and a rebirth for publications by the Kansas Association of Teachers of English. Unlike a traditional journal, Voices of Kansas does not require students to submit entries according to topic or theme; it seeks any voice on any topic, ensuring a continual renewal with each publication. These student voices are arranged by categories: Perspectives and Literary Criticism, Artistic Expression, Poetry, and Creative Fiction and Literary Nonfiction.”
Members of KATE received links to download issues for Kindle, iBooks, or their Windows or Apple computers.
An End-of-Term Pastiche: Curt Bobbitt, region 7 representative, composed the following reflection to the tune of “Suicide is Painless” (the M*A*S*H theme), original music by Johnny Mandel, original lyrics by Mike Altman.
The Job in June
Teaching school’s not painless.
The game of lit is hard to play.
The sword of time will prick our skins.
The Harry Potter craze is done.
The last meal I will one day eat,
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