The Essential Work of English Language Arts—and ELA Teachers—in Our Democracy (National Council of Teachers of English Blog)

Opening: The longer I have taught English Language Arts (ELA)—28 years now—the more I have come to understand that what we do is not trivial or incidental; it is essential.


Crossing Bridges with James Moffett (English Journal)

Abstract: A veteran teacher found an unlikely mentor when she had the opportunity to read books and articles by a visionary thinker and theorist.

How Can You Motivate High School Seniors in an English Class? (Talking Points)

Abstract: Dana Maloney and Monica Taylor share Maloney’s experience of using real-world problems to transform the traditional research process and motivate a group of high school seniors to critically understand their worlds.

Solving Problems That Count (Educational Leadership)

Abstract: A high school English teacher revamps the traditional term paper, giving her students the opportunity to pursue inquiry related to such topics as poverty, child abuse, the immigrant experience, and school shootings. Students still write a college-level paper—and literature is still the foundation of this paper—but they now read books not only as works of art but also as source material for problem solving. Reading literature, consulting other sources, and writing the paper have become stepping stones to action, as students devise and implement social action projects that they share at an in-school inquiry and action fair as well as with other authentic audiences.


Jan. 2020 Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention (Seattle, WA), “Writing through Literature: Literature as Writer’s Resource”

Nov. 2013 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention (Boston, MA), To Build a Bridge, Intellectually Rigorous But Emotionally True: James Moffett Award Research on the Process and Impact of an Inquiry and Action Curriculum”

June 2013 Partnership for Global Learning 2013 Conference (New York, NY), “Solve the World’s Problems in the Secondary Classroom”

Jan. 2013 Rutgers Graduate School of Education–Teaching the World Fellows Program (New Brunswick, NJ), “Connecting to the World: Teaching and Learning in a Global Context”

Oct. 2012 New Jersey Council of Teachers of English (NJCTE) Fall Conference (Convent Station, NJ), “Books and Beyond: Reading the World through Fiction and Non-Fiction”

Nov. 2010 NCTE Annual Convention (Orlando, FL), “Reading & Writing as Acts of Awareness-Raising, Advocacy, and Activism: Infusing Social Responsibility into the High School English Classroom and Beyond”

Nov. 2008 NCTE Annual Convention (San Antonio,TX), “Daring to Disturb the Universe: 21st-century Inquiry & Action”

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