When I agreed to talk with Kent, I was unaware of the meeting that the Reading and Media Collaboratives had with Ernest Morell. The chairs of both of those collaboratives have informed this group of their own response to that meeting. Kent acknowledged the importance of the collaboratives and of the support that NCTE's Executive Committee has for the groups.
Kent agreed that it would be useful for NCTE in general, but certainly for the collaboratives, to know how the NCTE constituent groups work within NCTE. He will work up a chart of a fact sheet to make clear the role of Assemblies and Collaboratives and other NCTE constituents. There are NO SIG groups in NCTE as I understand it, but they are part of CCCC. The groups labeled with SIG are really Assemblies, when one looks more closely at the program.
Kent also indicated that NCTE programming will support a number of different opportunities for collaboratives to plan sessions for next year. I believe since there is a deadline date for program proposals coming up soon, proposal writing probably should be the priority at this time. After that, the collaborative groups might consider having an on line discussion about the collaboratives to clarify how the collaborative groups hope to work as part of NCTE. It might be good to include Kent and Ernest in these discussions so they can weight in on the thinking of headquarters and the Executive committee.
Kent also indicated that the Executive Committee wants to use Commissions, but that their work would be ad hoc. When the Executive Committee has a problem they want to investigate, they might set up a Commission for such a reason. I suggested that if the "problem to be explored" includes reading, language or media, then the collaboratives might be consulted for input regarding the expertise in those groups.
It seems to me that the future of the collaboratives is in continued cross communication while maintaining respect for the interests and focuses of each group.
I hope this is useful and will allow all members of collaboratives to continue our discussions and support for the teaching and learning of language and literacy within the strong sociocultural and critical stances we have taken over the years.
I am willing to respond to questions. I encourage members I have sent this to to forward this to other collaborative members if you think it would be useful. Also, I encourage Kent or Ernest to weight in with any issues they would like the collaboratives to take under consideration.
Yetta Goodman, member Reading and Language Collaboratives...........