According to existing records, the first statewide meeting of English teachers in Florida occurred in 1922 as a section meeting of the Florida Education Association. By 1924, a group had been organized and affiliated with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Since that time, the Florida Council of Teachers of English (FCTE) has grown and developed into a major professional organization representing the English teachers of Florida. The Council's work continues to address the following purposes of the organization as stated in the original 1973 Constitution and in Article II in the current Articles of Incorporation.
The purposes of this organization are to
1. Provide opportunities for continued professional growth to teachers of English at all levels,
2. Promote an action program that will help to achieve the most favorable conditions possible for instruction in English in the State of Florida,
3. Work for the continual upgrading of standards in the profession by encouraging improved teacher education programs and improved certification requirements,
4. Provide opportunities for group study and discussion of professional problems which confront the English teachers of the State of Florida,
5. Disseminate through regular and special publications information of both a scholarly and topical nature that is of special significance to teachers of English,
6. Cooperate with national and other regional professional educational organizations toward achieving common goals.
For a history of the first seventy-five (75) years of the Florida Council of Teachers of English, read A Pierian Spring (See FCTE Historian) and refer to the 2000 FCTE 75th Anniversary Conference Program.
FCTE is a non-profit organization promoting knowledge, communication, and cooperation among those responsible for teaching English and Language Arts in Florida. All Florida Educators wishing to engage in our mission are encouraged to join FCTE. It is our hope that FCTE serves as a resource for English teachers throughout the state who are looking for more information about "their" professional organization, searching for good teaching ideas, looking for professional development information, or just hoping to find friends and colleagues who share similar interests. Please feel free to contact us should you have suggestions to make FCTE more useful to the K-College English teacher. You can find a list of related links on the right.
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English teachers in Florida are faced with numerous challenges in educating today’s youth. In addition to classroom issues that may arise, teachers also find themselves under increasing moral and legal scrutiny.
In an effort to assist those who seek a clearer professional response to these dilemmas, NCTE's position statements will be a good place to start. To further assist, a Google group - FCTE SLATE - has been created for teachers to discuss and query colleagues, professionals, and others regarding issues of importance to SLATE - Support for the Learning and Teaching of English.
It is also part of SLATE's mission to assist teachers who may be faced with censorship issues and challenges to their curriculum. If you find yourself in either predicament, please click the following link for more information as to how we can assist: http://groups.google.com/group/fcte-slate