We’re delighted that the online NCTE Member Gatherings have proved so helpful to members! It’s great to know that members find it rewarding to spend time with their colleagues in this new way, remote but still connected. We’re seeking brief comments on the “up side” of virtual gatherings and would like to hear from you! Send your thoughts to NCTEevents@ncte.orgComments may be used in future NCTE communications.



ANTERO GARCIA is an assistant professor in the graduate school of education at Stanford University, a former high school English teacher, and co-founder of SLAM, NCTE’s Assembly on Studies in Literacies and Multimedia. His research interests include how technology and gaming shape both youth and adult learning, literacy practices, and civic identities. Garcia has been widely published; his most recent books are Good Reception: Teens, Teachers, and Mobile Media in a Los Angeles High School, Doing Youth Participatory Action Research: Transforming Inquiry with Researchers, Educators, and Students (with Nicole Mirra and Ernest Morrell), and Pose, Wobble, Flow: A Culturally Proactive Approach to Literacy Instruction (with Cindy O’Donnell-Allen).




DETRA M. PRICE-DENNIS is an associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and the author of articles for Language Arts, The Reading Teacher, Reading and Writing Quarterly, English Journal, and the Journal of Writing Teacher Education. Her research interests include sociopolitical and sociocultural aspects of literacy learning in early and middle childhood education, digital literacies, literacy teacher education, and critical perspectives on children’s and young adult literature.





ABDI NAZEMIAN is the author of three novels. His first, The Walk-In Closet, won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction. His most recent, Like a Love Story, an Indie Next Pick, Walden Award finalist, and Junior Library Guild selection, was awarded a Stonewall Honor and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible, Buzzfeed, the New York Public Library, and more. His screenwriting credits include the films The Artist’s Wife, The Quiet, and Menendez: Blood Brothers, and the television series The Village and Almost Family. He has been an executive producer and associate producer on numerous films, including Call Me by Your Name, Little Woods, and Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband and two children.