The NCTE Research Foundation was established in 1960 in honor of J.N. Hook, the Council’s first Executive Secretary. Hook served concurrently as the first director of Project English, a federally funded program that supported research in the English language arts, and later authored a history of the Council. Hook’s writing of this history, A Long Way Together: A Personal History of NCTE’s First Sixty-Seven Years (NCTE, 1979), was supported by the Research Foundation.
The purpose of the NCTE Research Foundation is to “improve the quality of instruction in English at all educational levels; to encourage research experimentation, and investigation in the teaching of English; to facilitate professional cooperation of the members; to hold public discussions and programs; to sponsor the publication of desirable articles and reports; and to integrate the improvement of instruction in English” (NCTE Constitution).