Current Collaboratives


Contemporary Literacies, Popular Culture, and Out-of-School Spaces Collaborative

The mission of this collaborative is to bridge the gap between students’ in-school and out-of-school lives by providing NCTE members a venue for discussing the value-added measure of popular culture and examining the impact that out-of-school spaces, places, and activities can have on youth literacy practices.

To learn more, please contact Alan Brown, Wake Forest University or Hannah Gerber, Sam Houston State University.

Language Collaborative

The mission of this collaborative is to share resources, paper presentations, articles, chapters, and other writings as well as comments about policies and pedagogical practices that explore and raise awareness about how people learn language, learn about language, and learn through language.

To learn more, please contact Mathew Espinosa, Sacramento City Unified School District.

Reading Collaborative

The mission of this collaborative is to provide a forum for all NCTE members to add their voices to support the teaching of thoughtful literacy that goes beyond scripted instruction and test prep, in a way that supports NCTE policies and position statements.

To learn more, please contact Michael Shaw, St. Thomas Aquinas College.

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To Become a Member of a Collaborative

NCTE members may join any collaborative at no cost. Click on one of the links above to go to the collaborative page within the NCTE Connected Community. You will need to be an NCTE member and log-in to join the group.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the chair(s) of the group you are interested in.


How to Start a Collaborative

To become established, a group should submit to the NCTE Executive for approval, a proposal containing the following information:

  • a description of their area of shared inquiry;
  • a method of selecting a leader; and
  • provide a 3- to 4- sentence description about the goal/work of the group.

Once approved by the NCTE Executive Committee, the group will be given:

  • a virtual space to hold conversations, exchange files and videos, and otherwise pursue their work together on the NCTE Connected Community;
  • a space to meet at the NCTE Annual Convention; and
    a slot for round-table meetings with other Collaboratives, to facilitate sharing and the creation of new opportunities for learning and action.

To maintain status as a recognized collaborative, the group must select a new leader every three years.