Congratulations to Upper School faculty members Stacey Wilkins and Stephanie Feo Hughes! They serve as editors of the ICTE Newsletter, which has just received the 2021 Affiliate Newsletter of Excellence Program Award given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
Established in 1992, this award formally recognizes the consistent quality of the newsletters published by the International Council of Teachers of English (ICTE). By honoring outstanding affiliate newsletters and their editors, the NCTE’s goal is to encourage excellence in these publications, and the newsletters selected represent models for affiliate newsletters to emulate.
The judges noted that the ICTE Newsletter features excellent presentation and content. Stacey Wilkins said, “I love how this gives me the opportunity to work with English teachers from around the world.” She is looking forward to attending the ceremony by Zoom when the award winners are announced at the 2021 NCTE Annual Convention during the Affiliate Event on Sunday, November 21.
To be eligible for consideration, the NCTE affiliates had to publish a minimum of three newsletters from May 2020 through June 2021. Newsletters are judged on several factors including:
- content (particularly the inclusion of current, pertinent information with a good balance between theory, practice, and professional growth information),
- quality of writing,
- a clear and accurately defined purpose for the publication,
- a format that aids the reader in locating information and is easy to read, and
- the use of graphics to aid the overall effectiveness of the newsletter.
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. For more than 100 years, NCTE has worked with its members to offer journals, publications, and resources; to further the voice and expertise of educators as advocates for their students at the local and federal levels; and to share lesson ideas, research, and teaching strategies through its Annual Convention and other professional learning events.