July 12, 2017
Liz deBeer & Patricia Bender, Co-Editors
New Jersey English Journal
New Jersey Council of Teachers of English
Dear Liz and Patricia:
Congratulations! As chair of the Affiliate Journal Awards of NCTE for 2017, it is my pleasure to announce that New Jersey English Journal is one of the seven outstanding affiliate journals selected for the 2017 NCTE Affiliate Journal Award as models for other affiliate journals to emulate
The judges found the New Jersey English Journal filled with “many inspiring articles, and clear, effective writing, with strong connections to the classroom.” Also noted was “plenty of diversity in genres and approaches, appealing to millennial readers, as well as veteran educators.” In addition, judges felt that “the inclusion of poetry and student photography enhanced the reading experience.” One judge commented that “most of the articles were first person accounts (this is an observation, not a criticism),” while another added that the journal has “a very national feel to a state journal, with contributors from around the country and areas of focus that went beyond the borders of America. If this table of contents were at the front of an issue of English Journal, I’m not sure anyone would notice a difference.”
Your affiliate will be honored at the Affiliate Breakfast on Sunday, November 19, 2017, during the NCTE Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. Please be sure to have a representative from your affiliate attend the breakfast, and note that those who attend the breakfast will need to purchase a breakfast ticket in advance. As we prepare a PowerPoint for this breakfast, I would appreciate if you could email me a jpeg image (maybe at least 1 MB in size) or two of some affiliate members connected to this award.
Thank you for your participation in the NCTE Affiliate Journal Award Program. I look forward to congratulating you in person in St. Louis.
Lawrence Butti, SCOA Region 1Representative
Chair, 2017 Affiliate Journal Award Committee
Dear Susan and Patricia,
Congratulations! NJCTE e-Focus has been chosen as a Newsletter of Excellence in the 2017 NCTE Affiliate Newsletter Competition. You and your affiliate can take great pride in the recognition this award brings to your affiliate for excellence in newsletter writing.
This year’s award marks a change in the NCTE affiliate newsletter competition. We have shifted from a contest with only one winner to a competition where affiliates can compete yearly to be recognized as having a top publication in our national organization, much like the Affiliate of Excellence recognition. Affiliates who scored 90 or above using the established criteria are all recognized as having a newsletter of excellence.
Your publication scored a 90 out of 100 possible points! Our judges noted that the content of your newsletter “does an excellent job highlighting accomplishments and work across the state, such as celebrating teacher recognition awards and reviewing highlights from the state conference.” Further commentary from judges is included in a separate attachment.
Please make plans for a member of your affiliate to accept your award of excellence at the Affiliate Breakfast in St. Louis scheduled for Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 7:00 AM. Note that those attending the breakfast need to purchase a breakfast ticket in advance.
Thank you for your participation in the 2017 NCTE Affiliate Newsletter contest.
Julie Rucker, SCOA Region 3 Representative
Chair, 2017 Affiliate Newsletter Award Committee
cc: Patricia L. Schall
LAST YEAR'S NCTE AFFILIATE EXCELLENCE AWARD
It is with great pleasure that I write to tell you that the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English is one of eight affiliates which have qualified for the NCTE Affiliate Excellence Award. Those who have been named winners are clearly great models of how affiliates should work to be the best possible support to their members.
I was very impressed with your affiliate’s work this year for a number of reasons. You have a consistently strong convention with exciting sessions; further, the work individual members have done to support the convention as well as related opportunities for the council is impressive and provides to many activities for the larger membership to be impacted by your good work. Your journal is an exceptionally strong means of communication in keeping members informed and aware; your website also provides a strong mechanism for reaching out to your membership and was quite easy to navigate which I appreciated immensely. I also found myself coming back to your idea of Project SPARK and hope to hear more about it at upcoming leadership meetings and, possibly, the next NCTE convention; the idea behind it has so much potential. Finally, I appreciated that you have maintained such a strong presence at the NCTE convention. New Jersey definitely is an affiliate that can be seen as a role model to others in terms of great ideas for keeping membership involved in the great works of the group.
I invite you and members of the affiliate to attend the affiliates’ breakfast at the convention in Atlanta, 7 a.m., Sunday, November 20.
Again, congratulations on your outstanding achievement. Please feel free to contact me with additional questions.
Chair, 2016 NCTE Standing Committee on Affiliates
Dr. Jean Boreen
Interim Dean, College of Arts and Letters
Professor of English
Northern Arizona University