How have resolutions been used by NCTE in the past?
- One March, the Resolution on Support for Undocumented Students in the English Classroom inspired a memo to the chairs of the House and Senate subcommittees on labor and education urging immediate renewal of the DACA program.
- One April the Resolution on Amplifying the Voice of Literacy Teachers further guided a reboot of our traditional “Advocacy Day,” turning it into a robust Advocacy and Leadership Summit.
- One October we found new ways to put writing resources in the hands of teachers, thanks to the Resolution on Professional Learning in the Teaching of Writing for Inservice Teachers.
Learn more about submitting a resolution here.
Resolutions must be submitted by October 15, 2023. The submission window has closed for 2022.
When Are Resolutions Reviewed and Considered?
The Committee on Resolutions reviews and edits submissions and makes the final decisions about which resolutions will be considered by members attending the Annual Business Meeting. Criteria for those decisions include the resolution’s consistency with the NCTE Constitution and NCTE’s stated purposes and goals and the existence of previous resolutions on a topic.
At Open Hearings scheduled near the Convention, copies of the resolutions drafts will be available for review. NCTE members may offer opinions about proposed resolutions. The Committee hears commentary and suggestions about the resolutions drafts, makes final wording adjustments, and presents the drafts to those attending the Annual Business Meeting. Final discussion and voting will take place during the Annual Business Meeting. Resolutions approved by a majority of the members present will be sent to the entire membership for ratification.
When Do Members Vote on the Resolutions?
The vote during the Annual Business Meeting is to determine which resolutions go forward to the entire membership. In January every NCTE member is asked to cast a vote on each resolution. Even if you voted during the Annual Convention to move the resolutions forward, you’re encouraged to vote along with the entire membership.
Resolutions approved by a majority of those voting go forward to the NCTE Executive Committee for appropriate implementation. All ratified resolutions are reported to the membership in The Council Chronicle, INBOX, and on the NCTE website. These statements become part of the Council’s position/philosophy on questions related to the teaching of English. They are often publicized to news media, legislators, school boards, and the voting public and therefore addressed to those audiences. Resolutions also assist the Council in developing action programs on issues that affect teaching and learning.