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President's Message

Dear ICTE Members,

As of July 1, my tenure as President – finally – comes to an end, a year later than expected, but all the better for it! When I took over as President, I had 4 major goals I wanted our fledgling organization to accomplish:

  • Increase membership
  • Expand upon on our successful first conference for our second
  • Raise money so we can develop a budget
  • Develop a relationship with the IDOE and other influential Indiana literacy organizations

I am proud to say that we have accomplished these goals. Our membership has grown steadily over the past three years, as evidenced by those who have signed up to receive our award-winning Newsletter, and by consistently winning the NCTE Affiliate Membership Award each year. While COVID forced us to cancel our second conference one week before it was scheduled to take place, we had plans for a Friday night event and a Saturday conference, with over 150 more registered attendees than the previous year’s conference! We channeled that energy, however, into two virtual events this past year as we waited for the pandemic to subside. By reaching out to local and national organizations through grant opportunities, we now have money in our bank and a surplus to work from moving forward. Finally, we now meet quarterly with the IDOE and other state organizations to discuss pressing issues from the state as well as our goals and plans. 

In my role as Immediate Past-President next year, I’ll hope to:

  • Continue to serve as the ICTE liaison to the IDOE.
  • Work with outgoing Executive Treasurer Terri Suico on ICTE’s Teachers for the Dream initiative through NCTE.  More on this to follow.

It has been an honor to serve in this position and work with many of you and especially with those on the Executive Board. I look forward to the new directions ICTE will take in the coming year under new leadership!
 
Best,
 
Mike Macaluso

NCTE High School Teacher of Excellence: Mary Nicolini

ICTE member and Penn High School teacher Mary Nicolini was selected as a recipient for NCTE’s 2021 High School Teacher of Excellence Award! 

Established in 2001 by the NCTE Secondary Section, this award recognizes and celebrates high school classroom teachers who demonstrate excellent practices and contributions in the classroom. Nicolini stood out as a strong candidate for her many positive contributions made to Penn High School, not just for her students but also for her colleagues.

Nicolini will be recognized by NCTE at the Secondary Section Luncheon at the 2021 NCTE Annual Convention.

In the words of one of her recommenders, “She is full of thoughtful pauses that communicate an ability to listen that invites students and colleagues in. Her charisma makes those around her want to be part of her endeavors. We are all her students.”

Within her school community, Nicolini has taken on many leadership roles. These roles include teacher training, designing and implementing a writing center in PHS, curriculum development, and co-founding a Virtual Arts Summer Academy. Nicolini is a leader and founder of PHS Early College Academy that focuses on providing students with access to college courses during high school. In her classroom she provides her students with materials that challenge their thinking and allows them to express themselves in ways they don’t always get to throughout their teenage years. As one of her recommenders noted, “In a world that is experiencing tremendous change and turmoil, students need teachers like Ms. Nicolini more than ever before.”

A Heartfelt "Thank You" to Mike and Terri

This newsletter marks the last that will fall under the tenure of our ICTE President, Mike Macaluso, and our Executive Treasurer, Terri Suico. If our last year has done anything, it’s simultaneously tempted us to approach our endeavors with apathy and resignation while also making it much more difficult to find comfort, dignity, or solace in our pursuits. COVID has been agonizing, especially for teachers, and its challenges and scars will continue to mark our paths for years to come.
 
But in the midst of these historic obstacles, you, Mike and Terri, have stayed the course. After a successful 2019 ICTE conference, you two spearheaded an even larger and more ambitious 2020 conference, only to have your efforts thwarted by COVID. But you stayed with us. When the world gave you every opportunity to pass the buck and walk away, you maintained your post and performed your roles with integrity and humility. You kept ICTE alive, and your leadership and commitment to English and teaching charted the way for brighter days to come.
 
And we just want to say thanks. If nothing else, COVID has highlighted the importance of gratitude, of expressing appreciation for those little things in life that keep us going and offer us purpose and comfort. So thank you. For your kindness and your wisdom. Your patience and your unflinching effort. Your curiosity and your support. Thank you, both, for your warmth and your patience, your strength and your courage. Thank you for leading us through the tunnel toward the light we all hoped would emerge somewhere on the other side.
 
Things do look brighter ahead. Thank you for making sure we got here. Terri, we wish you nothing but the best as you step down from your position; Mike, we look forward to continuing to work with you in your new role as this year’s Past-President. ICTE is still young, but it’s strong. And because of your collective guidance and leadership, we truly believe we’ll only continue to get stronger. Thank you for everything. We are grateful.

- The ICTE Board

Uncontested Election for Recording Secretary of ICTE

For the position of the Indiana Council of Teachers of English (ICTE) Recording Secretary for the 2021 – 2023 term, we have one nominee, Theresa Wampler. Since Theresa is running unopposed, the Executive Committee moves that the ICTE elect her by acclimation per Robert’s Rules of Order, which govern the ICTE.

Please send any questions, concerns, or calls for election by electronic ballot to Terri Suico
(tsuico@saintmarys.edu), the ICTE Executive Director, by June 30.

Teaching Shakespeare Is Teaching Race

The Folger Shakespeare Library extends a special invitation to the members of ICTE to take part in Folger Education’s summer weeklong virtual workshop: Teaching Shakespeare Is Teaching Race. The workshop dates are July 19-23, 2021, and the workshop is designed to equip teachers with the tools to bring all students deeply and critically into the language of a text, no matter which Shakespeare play they teach. Participants will work with leading scholars, mentor teachers, and Folger staff, and leave with scholarly knowledge and classroom tools to help students grapple with the real thing: Shakespeare’s words, critical race work, representation and power in literature, and how all those things connect.
 
Continuing education certificates, graduate credit, and scholarships are available. Learn more about this professional development opportunity here

 

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