Miller Works for Social Justice with National Council Teachers of English

Posted on 12/1/2010 2:41:59 PM

sj Miller, Department of English, and the Commission for Social Justice in English education succeeded in passing the “Resolution on Social Justice in Literacy Education” into the National Council Teachers of English (NCTE) in Fall 2010.

NCTE is the governing body of K-12 English teachers and teacher educators, and is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. The council’s mission statement, from its website: “The Council promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.”

The resolution states that the National Council of Teachers of English will:

  • support efforts by educators to teach about social injustice and discrimination in all its forms with regard to differences in race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender expression, age, appearance, ability, national origin, language, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic circumstance, and environment;
  • acknowledge the vital role that teacher education programs play in preparing teachers to enact and value a pedagogy that is socially just;
  • advocate for equitable schooling practices that reinforce student dignity and success; and
  • oppose policies that reinforce inequitable learning opportunities or outcomes for students.

This resolution will help change the way we think about and employ social justice work throughout K-12 and teacher education literacy practices. For more information, please visit the National Council Teachers of English website.