Application Should Include:
- The application form submitted by the president (or another officer of the association).
- A copy of the association’s constitution that:
— provides for continuity of personnel within the administration of the organization (e.g., by creating a permanent post of Executive Secretary, by appointing the liaison officer for a two-year term or longer, with officers ending their terms in alternate years, or retaining past officers as members of the governing board);
— states a relationship between the affiliate and NCTE;
— for local affiliates, states a relationship between the local council and the state or provincial council;
— contains an article on your tax-exempt status.
- Written Policy for Involvement of People of Color. (View NCTE’s Policy on Involvement of People of Color).
- Annual Dues Form.
- Membership List of at least 25 members in this designated format.
- A statement certifying that all members of the governing board are members of NCTE.
- A letter of support from your state or provincial affiliate if you are a local affiliate.
NCTE Student Affiliates provide the opportunity for preservice teachers to network and gain experience in professional learning and leadership. Currently, there are 8 student affiliates.
Benefits of Affiliation with NCTE
- Encouraging collaboration of student teachers of the English language arts at your college or university.
- Becoming a member of NCTE builds upon young teachers’ intent to be English teachers and clearly shows their dedication to the teaching of the English language arts.
- Connection to a national network of professionals working to improve the teaching of English language arts.
- Representation on the NCTE Board of Directors.
- Information on NCTE through the NCTE website.
- To insure you meet the membership requirement, collect and submit with your application the NCTE memberships from at least 10 members, including the officers, who are members of your student affiliate.
- Unlike regular affiliates that usually maintain steady numbers, members of student affiliates come and go relatively quickly (in one-two years.).
- Because the membership of student affiliates changes every year, the faculty sponsor is usually the “glue” that holds the group together.
- Sometimes pairing up “older and younger” (e.g. senior and junior) students to hold the various offices works well to provide continuity. This helps to make sure that a student who knows how to hold the office and how to operate within it remains on the board and can train a new officer.
- The best thing your student affiliate can become is a group that meets the needs of its members.