FCTE Commissions: NCTE Resolutions/Position Statements

Commission on standards and government imposed curriculum
Statement of Principles and Standards for the Postsecondary Teaching of Writing
NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts

Commission on the assessment of literacy
On Urging Reconsideration of High Stakes Testing
Resolution on High-Stakes Testing
Commission on development of diversity in educational leaders
On Professional Development and Retention of People of Color within Academia
On Diversity

Commission on the continuation of professional development
Position Statement on the Preparation and Professional Development of Teachers of Writing
Principles of Professional Development

Commission on intellectual freedom
On Formation of a Foundation to Support Academic and Intellectual Freedom
NCTE and IRA Speak with One Voice on Intellectual Freedom and the Defense of It

Commission on community and education partnerships
On Communicating English Language Arts Concerns to Public Officials http://www.ncte.org/about/over/positions/category/gov/107480.htm
Incentives for Excellence in the Teaching of English Language Arts: What School Board Members Can Do to Encourage Excellence in Their English Language Arts Programs

Commission on media and 21st century literacy
Beliefs about Technology and the Preparation of English Teachers
21st-Century Literacies: A Policy Research Brief

For the complete list email clarissa.westwhite@famu.edu

General guide to submitting resolutions

If you have concerns about issues that affect your teaching, or positions you would like to support, and you think NCTE should take a stand, you have an opportunity to be heard! You can initiate action to deal with these issues by proposing resolutions which may be voted on and passed at NCTE's Annual Convention.

Proposed resolutions should deal with issues not previously addressed or with aspects of issues not covered by existing resolutions. Your submission should include a brief background statement, be presented in proper format, and be accompanied by the signatures of at least five NCTE members. See the resolutions on the NCTE website for samples of the form to follow in drafting resolutions. Sheldon Wrice can provide technical assistance in development of a new resolution. The Committee on Resolutions decides which of the submitted texts to present to the membership.

At open hearings, NCTE members may offer opinions about proposed resolutions. Final discussion and voting will take place during the Annual Business Meeting.

Resolutions must be postmarked. Send resolutions, including a contact name, e-mail address, and phone or fax number, to Sheldon Wrice, Chair, NCTE Committee on Resolutions, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096; fax: 217-278-3761. If you would like to submit your resolution by e-mail, please include the full name and NCTE member number for each of the five required members who support the resolution text.

FCTE Commissions


Commission on Development of Diversity in Educational Leaders
FCTE Liaison(s): Susan Houser (susan_15ym@yahoo.com)
Dr. Bernadette Kelley, Chair, bernadette.kelley@famu.edu, Florida A&M University

Commission on Intellectual Freedom
FCTE Liaison(s): Dr. Joan F. Kaywell (kaywell@tempest.coedu.usf.edu)
Kim Sheehan (kshewho@comcast.net)
ReLeah Lent, Chair, rlent@phonl.com, Educational Consultant
Gloria Pipkin, Co-chair, gpipkin@knology.net, Educational Consultant

Commission on the Continuation of Professional Development
FCTE Liaison(s): Dr. Pam Craig (pamelasue5@tampabay.rr.com)
Kelly Metzler (Kelly_Metzler@scps.k12.fl.us)
Linda Tuschinski (ltusch@aol.com)
Anita Plummer, Chair,anita.plummer@browardschools.com, Broward County Schools
Gayle Cowley, Co-chair, GCowley@escambia.k12.fl.us, Escambia County Schools

Standards & State Requirements Affecting Classroom Instruction
FCTE Liaison(s): Tamara Doehring (tamaradoe@aol.com)
Jennifer Campbell (jennifer@jennifercampbell.net)
Dr. Susan Wood, Chair, wood@coe.fsu.edu, Florida State University, Tallahassee

Commission on Community and Education Partnerships
FCTE Liaison(s): Donna Garcia (dkgarcia@mail.ucf.edu)
Dr. Gail Gregg, Chair, greggg@fiu.edu, Florida International University
Dr. Sissi Carroll, Co-chair, pcarroll@garnet.acns.fsu.edu, Florida State University

Commission on Media and 21st Century Literacy
FCTE Liaison(s): Dr. Clarissa West-White (clarissa.westwhite@famu.edu)
Kevin Smith (Kevin.Smith@fldoe.org)
Dr. Barbara Pace, Chair, bgpace@coe.ufl.edu, University of Florida

Florida House and Senate Bills of Interest

For an End of Session Summary for 2008 Regular Session click here.

For a list of Senate Bills for the 2008 Regular Session click here.

2008 NCTE Advocacy Day

Want to influence politicians' decisions regarding education? Click here to read more about National Council of Teachers of English's annual trek to "The Hill" for Advocacy Day. This year, two of FCTE's board members (Clarissa West-White & Susan Houser)journeyed there. The above movie is a summary of the day's events.

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