Each committee is chaired by a TCTELA member that is also a member of the board.
Adolescent Literacy Committee
Function: To support effective reform in adolescent literacy and to contribute to the reconceptualization of classroom practice, staff development, and assessment as outlined in NCTE’s policy research brief on adolescent literacy reform.
Chairs: Alexandra McCarron
State of the Profession Committee
Function: To support the use of high quality, locally designed-programs to promote teacher knowledge and expertise; to provide resources for flexible, ongoing professional development, including mentoring, that meet the needs of individual teachers to ensure effective literacy and teaching; to promote awareness of areas and issues relating to ongoing research and advancements in the state of the teaching of English language arts.
Chair: Debbie Perez
Special Needs Learner Committee
Function: To promote a collaborative educational community that takes into account the improvement of literacy development for all students.
Chair: Sylvia Troxell
Early Childhood Committee
Function: To support the early childhood community of teachers, students, and parents and to foster and promote involvement of early childhood teachers in TCTELA affairs.
Chairs: Amelia Hewitt
Multicultural Awareness Committee
Function: To raise awareness of multicultural events, books, speakers, authors, and trends to support TCTELA’s effort to promote cultural diversity and integrate multicultural perspectives.
Chair: Deanna Watkins
Bilingual English and Second Language Awareness Committee
Function: To raise awareness of issues and special concerns related to bilingual and ESL learners and to promote a collaborative educational community that seeks and promotes excellence in the teaching of bilingual and second language learners.
Chair: Sue Hurt
Function: To respond in a timely manner to the needs of English language arts educators concerning the use of technology in the classroom and to promote awareness regarding a pedagogical approach to the use of technology in the classroom; to promote a collaboration between English language arts and other disciplines, with an emphasis on technological and scientific writing.
Chair: Donna Brown
Pre-Service Teacher Committee (Ad Hoc)
Function: To involve pre-service teachers in professional and leadership development through TCTELA prior to entering the classroom.
Chair: Janise McIntyre
Function: To support research-based professional development that reflects the core values and mission of TCTELA.
Chairs: Liz Ortiz