DC Council of Teachers of English Language Arts
The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. The Council promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.
The District of Columbia Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, the local affiliate of NCTE, has been inactive for about nine years. As the education landscape in Washington has changed dramatically in that time, ELA teachers need mutual support now more than ever.
Imagine a DC-based network of professional learning communities that have your best interests at heart and speaks your language. Imagine better communication between English teachers at public, private, and charter schools in all eight wards–communication that extends to the college and university level. Imagine connections to nonprofit organizations and advocacy groups which pick up the work after we, the teachers, are done for the day.
I’ve been a member of NCTE for a few years now. While I have learned a lot from the Council’s many publications and national professional development opportunities, I have yet to be part of a strong local network of peer ELA teachers. I hope that the idea of re-establishing NCTE’s presence in the Nation’s Capital appeals to you!
Activities of affiliates across the country include organized participation in the African American Read-In every February; teaching conferences and literary festivals; grants and awards programs; and publishing peer-reviewed journals.
If you are already a member of the National Council of Teachers of English and you live or work in DC, or if you are not yet affiliated with NCTE, but you’re eager to learn more about how to start an affiliate here in the greatest city in the world, please send a message below. (Be sure to mention where you currently teach!)
Summary of Affiliation Requirements
- Submission of application, constitution, and roster;
- Minimum of 25 members;
- All officers must be members of NCTE; and
- Submission of affiliate dues.