NCTE recognizes the inherent connection between ELA and civic education. We know that for a well-rounded education, students need to engage with their greater community and develop critical thinking skills. For true learning to take place, teachers must be intentional in incorporating this connection throughout their school consistently.
NCTE, with support from the Educating for American Democracy project, has released our new guide, Reading, Writing, & Raising Voices: The Centrality of Literacy to Civic Education. This guide is meant to help educators and school leaders create continuous harmony between literacy instruction and civic life. Written by NCTE member Nicole Mirra, with contributions from NCTE members Kimberly Eckert, Seth French, and LaMar Timmons-Long, this guide aims to redefine education systems utilizing civically engaged literacy, social literacy analysis, critical media literacy, and community conversations.