Write for the New Jersey English Journal!

Cover of 2022 Issue

This year’s theme is “Reviving Engagement in ELA,” with an extended submission deadline of Wednesday, December 28, 2022. This year, we ask writers to consider ways to revive both student and teacher engagement in English Language Arts. For students, what strategies and content can promote their love of learning and literacy? For teachers, what practices can schools adopt or abandon to reduce burnout, reignite passion, and attract and retain new educators? Access the call for manuscripts here!

Our journal welcomes submissions from new and experienced teachers, including pre-service, in-service, undergraduate, and graduate students. We seek research and practitioner-oriented pieces (1000-2000 words), as well as personal essays (700-1000 words) and other creative responses related to the theme and geared towards an audience of P–12 and postsecondary English Language Arts educators.

Some of our student writers have adapted ideas from university coursework for publication, and/or co-authored pieces with their professors, so we wanted to extend this invitation in time for the fall semester. Previous writers have also successfully adapted content from conference presentations for submission. 

Write for the New Jersey English Journal!

Join NCTE and NJCTE for a Special Banned Books Week Event!

NJCTE is thrilled to co-sponsor an inspiring NCTE event during Banned Books week! See below for details and registration.

As the school year begins, teachers and students are facing challenges to their intellectual freedom like never before. From state legislation to executive orders to school district policies to administrator actions, book bans are at an all-time high, and teacher shortages are affecting every corner of the nation. But as an ELA educator, you do not have to face these difficult circumstances alone.

Join leadership from NCTE’s Standing Committee Against Censorship, members from across the country, a host of state and regional affiliates, and Penguin Random House Education during Banned Books Week to learn about the landscape of censorship challenges in the classroom, discover what resources are available to you from NCTE and on the local level, and share uplifting ways to encourage students’ right to read and teachers’ freedom to teach.  

This event is open to NCTE members, NCTE affiliate members, and any interested literacy educator. Register to attend. You will be asked to log in or create an account. 

Join NCTE and NJCTE for a Special Banned Books Week Event!

Two Exciting Opportunities from NJCTE!

Help us plan NJCTE’s Spring Conference 2023!
We need to hear from you, our members, to help finalize key details in our planning! Please take this brief survey and let your voice be heard! Also email us directly if you’d like to be even more involved with our conference planning.


We are thrilled to announce an exciting virtual workshop with Berit Gordon on October 6. See below and register here!

Berit Gordon

Get to a Well-Managed Classroom While Avoiding “Management”

We may work tremendously hard to manage our classroom, and still, our energy is sapped by directing and redirecting our students. This webinar will share 15 practical strategies that help you put your energy into teaching and students’ energy into learning. The goal is to avoid the exhausting task of “management” and build a culture where everyone thrives. (And maybe, just maybe, find a bit more joy in our teaching lives.)

Two Exciting Opportunities from NJCTE!

Check Out the 2022 New Jersey English Journal!

Co-editors Lauren Zucker, Katie Whitley, and Susan Chenelle are pleased to announce the publication of the 2022 issue of New Jersey English Journal, “What’s Working? What’s Not?” The issue features articles on timely ELA topics such as climate change, goal-setting, and culturally responsive texts. Thanks to writers and reviewers for their hard work on this issue.

We also invite ELA teachers, preservice teachers, teacher educators, and researchers to write for our 2023 issue, “Reviving Engagement in ELA.”

This year, we ask writers to consider ways to revive both student and teacher engagement in English Language Arts. For students, what strategies and content can promote their love of learning and literacy? For teachers, what practices can schools adopt or abandon to reduce burnout, reignite passion, and attract and retain new educators?

Click here for the full call for submissions. Due date is Wednesday, December 28, 2022.

Our journal welcomes submissions from new and experienced teachers, including pre-service, in-service, undergraduate, and graduate students. We seek research and practitioner-oriented pieces (1000-2000 words), as well as personal essays (700-1000 words) and other creative responses related to the theme and geared towards an audience of P–12 and postsecondary English Language Arts educators.

Some of our student writers have adapted ideas from university coursework for publication, and/or co-authored pieces with their professors. Previous writers have also successfully adapted content from conference presentations for submission. 

Writers do not have to live or work in New Jersey to submit to the journal. We are also seeking reviewers, which can be a great way for new writers to familiarize themselves with our publication.

Check Out the 2022 New Jersey English Journal!

Spring Conference Recap!


On April 30, NJCTE was thrilled to host its first in-person conference in two years at Pascack Valley High School! Celebrating the theme of “Literacy for Living,” the day kicked off with poet Amanda Crane’s reading of poems about teaching and learning. Then, participants experienced amazing teacher-led workshops in three sessions throughout the day. After lunch, author Jeff Zentner was awarded the prestigious NJCTE Becker Award and signed books for attendees. NJCTE members Deborah Bartley-Carter and Alexandria Lefkovits were awarded Teacher for the Dream awards, Dr. Darlene Russell was awarded the Educator of the Year award, and prizes were raffled off to cap the day of collaboration, learning and fun! See photos below for a taste of the day.

We are already programming for our 2023 Spring Conference–stay tuned for all the details!
Special thanks to the following sponsors and donors for helping to make this conference a success:

Platinum level
Membean.com

Silver level
Bedford, Freeman & Worth
Mackin
Mucktracker.com
Study.com

On-site bookseller
Source of Knowledge, Newark, NJ

Chiropractic provider
Third Space Medical, Paramus, NJ

Coffee Break Sponsor
Starbucks, Northeast Ridgewood

Therapy dogs & volunteers provided by
The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.

Thanks to Hillsdale Florist for their generous flower donations!
Spring Conference Recap!

NJCTE Seeks Teachers for the Dream Nominations

The New Jersey Council of Teachers of English (NJCTE) seeks to address and support underrepresented teachers of color in New Jersey and within our own organization. The Teachers for the Dream grant, funded with the generous support of NCTE, will help NJCTE support teachers of color within the state and within the leadership of our organization. We hold that this initiative will help us increase the diversity of our membership overall. 

Applications are due March 31, 2022.

Teachers of color are underrepresented in New Jersey and nationwide. Yet a diverse staff and educational environment are critical to providing high-quality learning for a diverse body of 21st-century student learners. 

A Fall 2011 study by the Center for American Progress found that “students of color made up more than 40 percent of the school-age population. In contrast, teachers of color were only 17 percent of the teaching force.” The same study found that students of color make up 48% of students in New Jersey, while teachers of color make up 18% of the teaching force. The disparities are only growing starker. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in Fall 2014 the percentage of students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools who were White was less than 50 percent (49.5 percent) for the first time and represents a decrease from 58 percent in Fall 2004. To address this educational disparity with dire consequences for students of color, Researchers Saba Bireda and Robin Chait argue for, among other supports, mentoring for new teachers of color. NCTE, and NJCTE, are uniquely positioned to do this work for teachers of English.

​In order to support teachers of color and the diversity of NJCTE’s organization, NJCTE’s Teachers for the Dream Program is recruiting two teachers of color in elementary, middle, secondary, or postsecondary ELA education.

These two chosen educators will be involved in all levels of NJCTE. We will ask the two teachers to:

1. attend NJCTE board meetings

2. present, with the assistance of other board members, their work at one of our NJCTE conferences

3. share, at one of our NJCTE conferences, some of their reflections and experiences from their NCTE attendance


In return, the program will provide:

1. 2-year memberships in NJCTE and NCTE for the two teachers

2. conference registration for the teachers for all NJCTE conferences during the two year period

3. travel support to help our two teachers attend NCTE during one of the two years ($500 each)

Please share and/or apply today!

NJCTE Seeks Teachers for the Dream Nominations

NJCTE Spring Conference Call for Proposals!

NJCTE Spring Conference April 30, 2022 — Literacy for Living

Conference theme: Literacy for Living: Taking Care of Our Students and Ourselves

Proposals due February 11, 2022, via this form

Call for proposals: How do we care for our students, our colleagues, and ourselves? According to CASEL.org, social and emotional learning (SEL) is the “process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” The Spring 2022 NJCTE conference theme invites K-12 educators to share their expertise in creating and sustaining social and emotional learning through English Language Arts in their classrooms and schools. Possible ‘strands’ or ‘threads’ addressing this theme may include:

  • ways that teachers bring an SEL mindset to their ELA work with students 
  • how students are encouraged to attend to and advocate for their needs via the ELA classroom
  • methods that schools have used to respond to students’ needs using an SEL framework, particularly with a literacy lens 
  • how SEL is used to advance equity and inclusion work
  • practices that teachers can use to care for themselves personally and professionally
  • ideas for teachers and student-teachers on collaborating to invest SEL into their teaching

Proposals in a 45-minute format addressing this theme will be given consideration for inclusion in the conference program. Please be specific with your methods and descriptions.

Proposals due February 11, 2022, via this form.

NJCTE Spring Conference Call for Proposals!