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Apply for the 2021 NCTE High School Teacher of Excellence Award 

ICTE is now accepting nominations for the 2021 NCTE High School Teacher of Excellence Award. This award recognizes and celebrates a high school classroom teacher who shows zeal and innovation towards ELA, their students, and/or to the communities they serve. The ICTE Executive Committee will choose a recipient from all applications based upon these criteria, and the recipient will be recognized with a certificate at the Secondary Section Luncheon during the 2021 NCTE Annual Convention in November. The application, which includes a resume and two short letters of recommendation, is due May 1

Nomination Forms Available Here

ICTE Explores the "Complexities of Safe Spaces in the ELA Classroom" in a Virtual Event

We were thrilled to hold “When It Gets Real: Considering the Complexities of Safe Spaces in the ELA Classroom” last month. Our knowledgeable panel of teachers and administrators, including Nate Johnson, Hadley Moore, Mary Nicolini, and Megan Twietmeyer, graciously and generously shared their thoughts and experiences when it came to the topic. The panel discussed the benefits and challenges presented by safe spaces and answered questions from the attendees. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the event, and a special thank-you to our panelists and to Executive Committee members Jeff Spanke and Kathy Higgs-Coulthard for organizing the event! 

ICTE Accepting Nominations for Executive Board Positions

We are soliciting nominations for two vital positions on the ICTE Executive Committee. The first is for Executive Treasurer, which is appointed by the Executive Committee and serves for a period of three years. Duties include working with the President and the Executive Committee coordinating, advising, and assisting the efforts of all, serving as the liaison officer to the NCTE, and managing the ICTE’s financial affairs.

The second position is for Recording Secretary, which is an elected position and serves for two years with opportunities for re-election. The Recording Secretary keeps the minutes of the business and Executive Committee meetings and coordinates the nominating process.

Both positions start their terms on July 1, 2021.

If interested in the Executive Treasurer position, send a resume and cover letter to Katherine Higgs-Coulthard at

If interested in running for the Recording Secretary position, complete the nomination form available here

NCTE News 

In this post, NCTE member Cruz Medina reflects on his experience of working with prisoners at San Quentin prison. He writes, "During pandemic lockdowns, I have reflected on the connection lyrical language and poetry have to social justice through their power to humanize and to be forms of expression for incarcerated persons." To read his powerful post, click here.  
If you are looking for a way to bring more texts focused on social justice into your classroom, NCTE member Luke Rodesiler has a few suggestions for you. Each book in this post focuses on sports and athletes and "can be used to facilitate meaningful discussions about social justice or otherwise serve as a springboard into research projects that extend literacy learning at the intersections of sports and society." Learn more here

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