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Interesting Article on Common Assessment

Toby asked me to post this recent article from Education Week. Check it out!

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 9:46am

Great Book on Digital Writing Tools

Hi everyone,

I'm excited to announce that one of our long-time MCTE members, Troy Hicks, has a new book out--The Digital Writing Workshop (Heinemann, 2009). I read an early draft of this book and it makes very important connections between our actual classroom practices and the digital tools that are so readily available to us. Check it out!

Posted on September 10, 2009 at 9:43am — 1 Comment

Site Wins NCTE Excellence Award

MCTE members and friends,

This site has just won the 2009 NCTE Affiliate Award. Here is a bit from the announcement I just received:


As chair of the 2009 NCTE Affiliate Web Site Awards, it is my pleasure to inform you that the Michigan Council of Teachers of English has been selected as the winner of this year's award. Congratulations to you and your affiliate!

As… Continue

Posted on July 18, 2009 at 4:38pm

State Asking for Feedback on Alternative Certification

The State Board of Education is calling for feedback on the requirements for the Michigan Nontraditional Route to Teacher Certification (MNRTC). This is an opportunity to provide Michigan certification for 18 credits and would let programs like TEACH for AMERICA set up certification separate from Teacher Preparation Institutions. Please take the time to first respond then share the link and encourage response within your professional community. Share it with people in your department, your… Continue

Posted on June 12, 2009 at 10:03am — 1 Comment

Sign in Support of Shelby Teacher

Just when you think it can't happen here: a text is being challenged by a group of conservative parents in Shelby, Michigan. The text in question is Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon , and the teacher is a recent GVSU graduate, Jane Glerum. The name sounded familiar to me, and I remember now that Jane and her class also used my online role-playing game Thoughtcrime a few years ago. Here's a bit from a news article about the case:

Provocative’ book comes…

Posted on May 17, 2009 at 10:24am — 4 Comments

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At 1:32pm on September 27, 2011, Chuck Jordan said…

I'm trying to contact some human being to ask a question about the conference.  I thought you might be the person.  I was wondering why there is no discounted price for adjunct faculty and/or a discount for not eating the lunch?  For us poor folks down in SW Michigan.  My email is



At 7:17am on February 9, 2011, Rachel Kooiker said…

Ahhh!  My list of authors is far too brief on this profile!  I'll have to add to it a bit soon.  Glad to be here, there are a lot of great resources to be found and shared.  -RK

At 2:03pm on October 13, 2010, Lindsay Ellis said…
Yea, I opened it in Explorer and it worked like a charm. I'll certainly spread the word and offer free rides to any LMWP teachers interested in joining me. And this time I'll try to remember to bring the LCD projector I promised to contribute...
At 2:35pm on September 21, 2010, Debbie Reese said…

I posted an item in "Discussion" on my page, inviting people to come to my session. Can you also circulate my invitation? Here it is:

Dear MCTE Members,

As you know, I will be doing two sessions at MCTE's Autumn Assembly. If you've had a chance to read American Indians in Children's Literature, you know that I am quite critical of some of the classics in children's literature. Reading what I say, for example, about Little House on the Prairie might make you uneasy or uncomfortable. You may feel your defenses rise, because, it may seem as though I might label you a racist for not seeing what I see when I read the book.

I'm writing today to say that I'm often uncomfortable, too. Though we have some of the finest schools in the world, we also have glaring gaps, bias, even racist material in what we're teaching. I don't want you to feel guilty for any of this because, a lot of what we "know" is what we were taught by people we trust: our own teachers and our parents.

All of us are products of our American society. Just walking out the door each day, we are taught something or other about this or that people. I've made some terrific missteps about Asian Americans for one, and African Americans, too! I felt deeply embarrassed and ashamed when I realized my error(s). Then I remind myself that that misstep is an opportunity to do something different next time... I know that teachers are basically good, caring people passing along information that was given to us by other good, caring people.

From that position, I will talk about depictions of American Indians in the books you use with children in your schools. I hope you come to one of my sessions, and that you find it helpful---even if it is unsettling or uncomfortable.

I hope to see you soon!
At 12:38pm on July 24, 2010, Kia Jane Richmond said…
check your email!
At 12:59pm on December 1, 2009, Luke Jordan Luginbill said…
Hello professor- I would love to be accepted to the MCTE even though I am still an undergraduate because I am involved in writing a grant for a possible Grand Rapids MCTE conference. Thank you,
Luke Luginbill
At 3:09pm on June 18, 2009, Mary Anna Kruch said…
Hi Rob,

Kathy Morcom just started a ning for the MSU student affiliate. Will send you the link, which she sent me on Facebook.

Thanks for all your help this week.
Mary Anna :-)
At 9:59am on June 2, 2009, Wendy Byard said…
Good morning, Robert! I took your great advice and started the "Book Corner" forum. Let me know what you think. Hopefully, some other authors will join. One thing I noticed was the hyperlink function didn't seem to work when I wrote my discussion comment. Thanks for starting this site. Neat!
Have a great day!
Wendy Byard
At 10:24pm on June 1, 2009, Wendy Byard said…
Hi Robert:
Great idea! How would I start "Book Corner" so that other teachers felt free to add their books to the ongoing discussion? I wouldn't want it to be just my corner. :)
At 3:57pm on June 1, 2009, Wendy Byard said…
You can email me (if you'd like) at or through my website:
Wendy Byard



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