NCTE Member Gathering - NCTE


NCTE brings back its Member Gathering series as a place for members to celebrate their triumphs as well as find restoration and learn healing with other members of their communities.  Join us for an informal gathering where members connect with one another in whatever space they are in—from those who want to actively engage to those who prefer to listen and reflect. Together we will celebrate, collaborate, inspire, and support each other as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year in safe space. Member Gatherings will generally be held 1-2 times a month.  

Tuesday, January 25

4:00 p.m. ET



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Valerie Kinloch is the Renée and Richard Goldman Endowed Dean and Professor of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She is Co-Chair of Remake Learning, President of the National Council of Teachers of English, and a member of the Board of Trustees of her undergraduate alma mater (Johnson C. Smith University). She was born and raised in Charleston, SC, where she completed her K-12 public school education.

Her scholarship examines the literacies of youth and adults in school and community contexts. Author of publications on race, place, literacy, and equity, she has written on poet June Jordan, on critical perspectives on language and learning, and on community engagement. Her book, Harlem On Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth, received the 2010 Outstanding Book of the Year Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Her most recent co-edited book is Race, Justice, and Activism in Literacy Instruction (Teachers College Press, 2020), and her newly published co-authored book is Where is the Justice? Engaged Pedagogies in Schools and Communities (Teachers College Press & NCTE, 2021).

Valerie is also a Fellow of the American Education Research Association (AERA) and a Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE). She is a past recipient of AERA’s Scholars of Color Early Career Award and NCTE’s Rewey Belle Inglis Award for Outstanding Women in English Education and its Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award.

Linda Rief left the classroom in June of 2019 after 40 years of teaching language arts with eighth graders. She misses their energy, their curiosity, and their desire to read and write. She is an instructor in the University of New Hampshire’s Summer Literacy Institute and a national and international presenter on issues of adolescent literacy.

She is the author of the following Heinemann books: Heartfelt Transitions: A Practical Guide for Using Poetry to Deepen Reading and Writing (forthcoming, 2022), The Quickwrite Handbook: 100 Mentor Texts to Jumpstart Your Students’ Thinking and Writing (2018), ReadWriteTeach: Choice and Challenge in the Reading-Writing Workshop (2014), Inside the Writer’s-Reader’s Notebook (2007), Vision and Voice (1999), and Seeking Diversity (1992); she is coeditor of Adolescent Literacy (2007) with Kylene Beers and Bob Probst. For five years she and Maureen Barbieri coedited Voices from the Middle, a journal for middle school teachers published by the National Council of Teachers of English.

In 2021 she was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of Teachers of English. In 2020 she received the Kent Williamson Exemplary Leader Award from the Conference on English Leadership in recognition of outstanding leadership in the English language arts. A recipient of NCTE’s Edwin A. Hoey Award for Outstanding Middle School Educator in ELA, she and her classroom were featured in the series Making Meaning in Literature produced by Maryland Public Television for Annenberg/CPB. For three years she chaired the first Early Adolescence English/Language Arts Standards Committee of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.