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Field Notes: Celebrating CCCC

Dear NCTE Members and Friends,

The NCTE spirit is defined by innovative thinking, collaborative support for ongoing professional learning, and persistent advocacy for what’s best for our students. It’s alive and well in classrooms, lecture halls, seminar rooms, and online learning spaces all across the country every single day.

Within NCTE, many communities exist – and I hear from you regularly that it is hard to keep up with them all and appreciate what each one does. We want to do a better job of illustrating the unique value in our myriad constituencies. In this issue and future issues of Field Notes, I want to connect you to some of the other gears within NCTE – so that you have a sense of the whole and the important connections between all the fantastic work that constitutes NCTE.

I’ve experienced the beauty of the NCTE community in the most personal of ways over the last few weeks. My dad passed away on March 14, just prior to my boarding a flight to Portland for the CCCC Annual Convention. The NCTE community has shared their support and love in a multitude of ways. I will always remember this and be grateful.

The family circumstance required me to watch the second largest annual event within NCTE from afar, and as the slideshow below will show you, it was nothing short of inspiring.

Did you know that the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) (the world’s largest professional organization for researching and teaching composition, from writing to new media) is within the NCTE family? The CCCC Annual Convention regularly attracts at least 3,000 attendees. Leading that effort this year was Program Chair Carolyn Calhoon-Dillahunt and CCCC Chair Linda Adler-Kassner. More than 3,800 people attended this year’s Convention, and attendees were able to experience 853 sessions, meetings, and workshops. You can get a sense of the conversation and excitement if you scroll through the #4c17 hashtag.

My colleague CC Chapman took these photos, which I think demonstrate a sample of the powerful and wide-ranging learning that took place: