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Reports and Statements

NCTE Beliefs about Students’ Right to Write
Censorship of writing not only stifles student voices but denies students important opportunities to grow as both writers and thinkers.

Crash! The Currency Crisis in American Culture
A perspective by Carol Jago
Classrooms from preschool through twelfth grade should be places where the vital experience of literature, including reading and writing, takes place every day.

Writing for School vs. Writing for Life
A report from NCTE
Newer, self-directed forms of literacy practice rarely occur in school environments and traditional, more formal forms of writing predominate in school but are much less frequently practiced by students outside of school.

The Genteel Unteaching of America’s Poor
A report by Kylene Beers
The National Day on Writing day will give all students—not some, not many, not most, but all students—the opportunity to show the nation a part of themselves through their writing.

Writing in the 21st Century
A report by Kathleen Blake Yancey
It’s time for us to join the future and support all forms of 21st century literacies, inside school and outside school.

The Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing 
Council of Writing Program Administrators, NCTE, and the National Writing Project
This Framework describes the rhetorical and twenty-first-century skills as well as habits of mind and experiences that are critical for college success.

The NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies
Because technology has increased the intensity and complexity of literate environments, the 21st century demands that a literate person possess a wide range of abilities and competencies, many literacies.

Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing
An overview of professional principles that guide effective teaching.

Writing Now! A Policy Research Brief
This policy brief describes research-based approaches to writing and writing instruction that aim to prepare fluent and flexible writers for writing tasks and genres we cannot yet predict.

Teaching Composition
This position paper states essential principles in the teaching of writing.

Composing with Nonprint Media
With multiple opportunities for student expression in the English language arts classroom, these nonprint media offer new realms for teachers of composition.