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Melanie Shoffner, CEE Chair, is an associate professor of English education at Purdue University, holding a joint appointment in the Departments of English and Curriculum & Instruction. Her research focuses on secondary English teacher preparation and the issues of beginning ELA teachers, interests that first developed while teaching high school English in North Carolina and Arizona.  Within that context, Melanie’s research interests include issues of reflective practice, the pedagogical and affective concerns of preservice and beginning teachers, and the meaningful integration of technology for ELA teaching and learning. Her publications include articles in English Education, English Journal and Teaching and Teacher Education and chapters in Research on Technology in English Education and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Clashes and Confrontations.  She is currently the editor of Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE): English

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When More Is Less  New study suggests that when it comes to writing assignments and instruction, quality -- not quantity -- matters most.Inside Higher Ed, December 4, 2015  See also this November 2015 Research in the Teaching of English article about this study: "The Contributions of Writing to Learning and Development: Results from a Large-Scale Multi-institutional Study." 

Awards for Children's Fiction & Nonfiction Announced  The 2016 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children and the 2016 Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children were announced during the NCTE Annual Convention in Minneapolis.  NCTE Website, November 21, 2015  

NCTE Announces New Executive Director  NCTE is pleased to announce Emily Kirkpatrick as our new executive director. Through her work as vice president of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), she has developed a deep appreciation for NCTE goals, initiatives, and members.  NCTE Website, October 13, 2015