Approved by NCTE Members Voting at the Annual Business Meeting for the
Board of Directors and Other Members of the Council, November 2017
Ratified by a Vote of the NCTE Membership, February 2018
Background: “The National Council of Teachers of English and its members will apply the power of language and literacy to actively pursue justice and equity for all students and the educators who serve them. . . . NCTE has a rich history of deriving expertise and advocacy from its members’ professional research, practice, and knowledge” (NCTE Vision Statement, May 2017). Be it therefore
Resolved that the National Council of Teachers of English advocate for and support literacy teachers who embrace opportunities to amplify their voices and tell their stories.
Be it further resolved that NCTE urge literacy teachers to share their expertise with other education stakeholders and strive to wield more influence in shaping education policy and reform. As teachers and NCTE members we reaffirm an essential principle of our vision statement: “We must more precisely align this expertise to advance access, power, agency, affiliation, and impact for all learners” (NCTE Vision Statement, May 2017).
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