There Is No Apolitical Classroom: Resources for Teaching in These Times

The following post was created by members of NCTE’s Standing Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English. The members of NCTE’s Standing Committee Against Racism and Bias have felt an urgency since we each joined the committee to stand against racism and bias. We have been working on ways to encourage each … Continue reading There Is No Apolitical Classroom: Resources for Teaching in These Times

Using Literature to Shatter Our Entrenched Views, Part II

Pulitzer-Prize–winning journalist Sonia Nazario was the keynote speaker at NCTE’s 2014 Annual Convention. What follows is her reflection three years after the publication of Enrique’s Journey. This is the second of two parts. You can read the first part here. I’ve always focused on those not getting enough ink – women, children, the poor, Latinos. … Continue reading Using Literature to Shatter Our Entrenched Views, Part II

Using Literature to Shatter Our Entrenched Views, Part I

Pulitzer-Prize–winning journalist Sonia Nazario was the keynote speaker at NCTE’s 2014 Annual Convention. What follows is her reflection three years after the publication of Enrique’s Journey. This is the first of two parts. We live in an era of entrenched views. This is especially true with polarizing issues like immigration. As a journalist and author, … Continue reading Using Literature to Shatter Our Entrenched Views, Part I

Powerful Stories

The following post is excerpted from an article by Phil Johnson published in The Council Chronicle (November 2014.) Speaking to a high school class in Chicago, author Sonia Nazario was approached by a young African American girl. The student had read Enrique’s Journey, a national bestseller drawn from Nazario’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series on a young man’s treacherous … Continue reading Powerful Stories

“If You Want to Serve Your Country, Be a Teacher”

Those words were spoken by Shanna Peeples, NCTE member and 2015 Teacher of the Year, in a conversation with Lily Eskelsen García, president of the NEA. A strong advocate for students and teachers, Shanna encourages every teacher to be a “warrior of kindness and hope and to advocate for students.” In introducing Shanna and Lily … Continue reading “If You Want to Serve Your Country, Be a Teacher”