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2018 October English Education, v51.1

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Level(s): College, Elementary, Middle, Secondary

ISBN/ISSN: 0007-8204


Editorial: #MeToo in English Education
Tara Star Johnson and Shea Kerkhoff

Teaching Global Literature to “Disturb the Waters”: A Case Study
Kelly K. Wissman
Abstract: Within this qualitative case study, I describe how a fifth-grade teacher in an affluent and culturally homogenous school attempted to “disturb the waters” through teaching global literature. Framed by transactional theories of response and critical language awareness, I identify three central pedagogical moves that supported disruptions of students’ assumptions and beliefs: (1) inviting students to share their aesthetic transactions, (2) privileging multiple perspectives and genres, and (3) calling attention to language choices as a central line of inquiry. I argue that both transactional and critical approaches to literacy and language are necessary in order to move students beyond disinterested and prejudicial responses to global literature and to challenge commonly held beliefs.

Translating Theory to Practice: Exploring Teachers’ Raciolinguistic Literacies in Secondary English Classrooms
Kate Seltzer and Cati V. de los Ríos
Abstract: This case study of two secondary English teachers integrates a critical translingual approach in two urban classrooms. Our inquiry is guided by two questions: (1) How did two teachers engage critical translingual approaches in their classrooms? (2) How did their positionalities shape implementation of these approaches? This article illustrates how teachers’ stances and practices can be affected by their identities, pointing to the ways that diverse teachers must approach their translanguaging pedagogies with an understanding of raciolinguistic ideologies. We end with a call for teacher educators to help teachers engage the transgressive elements of translanguaging in English classrooms and hone their raciolinguistic literacies so that they can design classroom learning in more humanizing ways.

Provocateur Piece: From “Turning the Page” to Getting Our Noses out of the Book: How NCTE Can Translate Its Words into Activism
Noah Asher Golden and Deborah Bieler
Abstract: This article raises questions about the role of NCTE in an era of widespread education reform that often runs counter to a wide body of scholarship and members’ understandings of ways to build strong, equitable educational systems. The authors call on NCTE to reinvent itself primarily as a space from which to take action toward equity and justice. This provocateur piece offers a loving critique of NCTE’s notion of advocacy at a time when neoliberal education reforms limit educators’ capacity to carry out our collective responsibilities to marginalized and vulnerable youth.

Provocateur Piece: Policy, Practice, and Dialogue: A Framework for NCTE Action and Relational Strategy
Leah A. Zuidema
Abstract: This essay is an invited response to Noah Asher Golden and Deborah Bieler’s Provocateur Piece in this issue in which they share a loving critique of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). This response highlights and extends Golden and Bieler’s observation about “the strengths of our members: policy, practice, and dialogue.” The response essay illustrates how NCTE, an association for literacy educators, could use “policy, practice, and dialogue” as a framework to drive and connect its work.

Magnificent Things and Terrible Men: Teaching Sherman Alexie in the Age of #MeToo
Jeff Spanke
Abstract: The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have each cast light on the prevalence of sexual harassment in a variety of media industries. In this piece, I reflect on a college YAL seminar in which my students read Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The class discussion quickly became focused on Alexie himself and his surrounding accusations and subsequent admission of sexual misconduct. This piece seeks to catalog our conversation in hopes that as teachers, we may come to our own conclusions about silence, voice, choice, and when we can or should ever judge characters in art by the character of the artist.


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