Convention Community Updates
The 2017 Annual Convention is in St. Louis, a city within a state that has been in the spotlight this year for its treatment of vulnerable groups. In August, NCTE issued a statement about the importance of showing up and supporting one another. We have listened to and learned from the member response over the last several months.
The safety and well-being of all our members is a paramount concern wherever the Convention is held, but the particular circumstances surrounding this year’s Convention have pushed us to do new things that we now know we should be doing for all Conventions moving forward.
Plans are continually evolving, and staff and volunteers are working around the clock to prepare for what promises to be a powerful learning experience for us all. We will update this page weekly with the latest information in an attempt to keep you informed about what you can expect.
What’s Happening (Updated 11/14)
- A Local Engagement Committee comprising volunteer NCTE members is planning new programming, community outreach, and peaceful demonstrations in response to the issues at play in St. Louis and Missouri as a whole.
- A special partnership was negotiated with Explore St. Louis to provide round-trip travel to and from airports for just $20 if you reserve a spot by November 13.
- NCTE President Jocelyn Chadwick has been working closely with students in Missouri and around the country to make their voices and experiences central to sessions throughout the Convention.
- The Standing Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English is putting together materials to share at the Convention that use NCTE positions to frame statements of love and support. You may also be familiar with “There Is No Apolitical Classroom,” an antiracist teaching resource the committee curated in August.
- The Early Childhood Education Assembly of NCTE has created a St. Louis Green Book that provides a list of Black-owned businesses convention-goers might frequent in the St. Louis area.
Read More (Updated 10/24)