This Story Matters Teacher Corps - National Council of Teachers of English

The NCTE This Story Matters Teacher Corps

In an effort to more vigorously expand our book rationale database, NCTE is announcing a new members-only opportunity for educators to get involved in this work: the This Story Matters Teacher Corps. This project, made possible by private donations, will help NCTE to increase the size and functionality of the database through collaboration with members of the Corps and NCTE staff. 

All students have the right to materials and educational experiences that promote open inquiry, critical thinking, diversity in thought and expression, and respect for others. Through the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Center, our organization has created and collected peer-reviewed book rationales for decades to aid all NCTE members in the face of book challenges. 

Work is taking place from  November 1, 2023, through July 31, 2024.


View the rationale database, accessible to NCTE members, that can be searched by title, author, and grade level to help you (educators) find a rationale for a book you plan to use in the classroom or one that is being challenged.

View example rationales

The database includes these important resources: downloadable book rationales, an updated How to Write a Rational template created by the Standing Committee Against Censorship, and steps to follow for educators preparing for or facing censorship.