A Conversation with Author Laura Pappano - National Council of Teachers of English


Join NCTE for a members-only virtual event with award-winning journalist and author Laura Pappano on her newest book, School Moms: Parent Activism, Partisan Politics, and the Battle for Public Education. Moderated by NCTE Standing Committee Against Censorship chair Ann David, we invite you to join the conversation.

In School Moms: Parent Activism, Partisan Politics, and the Battle for Public Education, veteran education journalist Laura Pappano draws on archival research as well as on-the-ground reporting to offer a nuanced look at how schools across the country have become hot spots for cultural and political wars. From attending the first Moms for Liberty National Summit in Florida to meeting with activists on the front lines in Texas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire, Pappano exposes the key themes and tactics playing out in this conflict.

School Moms draws on many of the political and cultural conflicts literacy educators have witnessed across the country. NCTE’s Intellectual Freedom Center and the NCTE Standing Committee Against Censorship provide members with ongoing support when faced with these challenges, including through position statements, direct support via our report tool or via email, with the rationale database, and through multiple professional learning opportunities each year.


Thursday, February 1, 7:00–8:00 p.m. ET

Registration for this event is closed. Please contact profdev@ncte.org with any questions.


Laura Pappano is an award-winning journalist and author who has written about K–12 and higher education for more than 30 years. A former education columnist for The Boston Globe, Pappano has written about education for The New York Times, The Hechinger Report, Harvard Education Letter, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. She is the author or coauthor of three books, The Connection Gap: Why Americans Feel So AlonePlaying with the Boys: Why Separate Is Not Equal in Sports, and Inside School Turnarounds.



Ann D. David, an associate professor at the University of the Incarnate Word, is a teacher educator, codirector of the San Antonio Writing Project, and a member of the Standing Committee Against Censorship. She has also taught English and theatre in high schools in the Midwest. Her scholarship focuses on writing and the teaching of writing, as well as the impacts of censorship on English language arts teachers.  She is the incoming chair of NCTE’s Standing Committee Against Censorship.