NCTE Community Ambassadors are active teachers and NCTE members with a visible commitment to their own growth as teachers and leaders, as well as to the education of their students.
Building on the first class of NCTE Community Ambassadors, this group of members will work independently and collegially within their schools, local regions, and NCTE to:
Illustrate the realistic aspects of teaching language, literacy, and writing today;
Share how the events, opportunities, and resources available through membership in NCTE can be an asset to educators and in classrooms across the country;
Elevate the voice of teachers—individually and collectively—to create a realistic, strengths-based narrative about literacy education today; and
Connect with other literacy educators both online and in person to strengthen relationships and build professional learning networks.
WHAT IS AN NCTE COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR?
Community Ambassadors are NCTE members who advocate for and celebrate NCTE in social media spaces as well as on the ground at events, with a particular focus on supporting new NCTE members and early-career educators. They work to strengthen the community of NCTE members by offering opportunities to connect and engage with fellow members online in safe, supportive spaces; act as hosts and welcome members at local, affiliate, and national events; and make connections between resources and classroom practice. Community Ambassadors also open the proverbial doors of their classrooms to the wider teacher community, sharing their experiences and offering a real-world view of what it looks like, feels like, and sounds like to be a literacy teacher today. This is a high-impact role that provides opportunities to both connect new members to NCTE and build community among current NCTE members. Above all, Community Ambassadors are enthusiastic about NCTE and want to share that passion with others.
WHAT DOES THE COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR ROLE ENTAIL?
As a point of connection between members and the organization, Community Ambassadors wear many hats. Opportunities for engagement will vary, but the primary responsibilities of the role include:
Attending an in-person training weekend (summer; more information will be provided in the application);
Sharing your classroom experience and expertise through social media, blog posts, videos, or site visits. This can include how you use NCTE resources with your students and also your general experience as an educator;
Attending a monthly online meeting with NCTE staff where Ambassadors brainstorm new ideas to engage members;
Actively engaging with NCTE in social media spaces to strengthen the #NCTEvillage;
Fostering community within member environments such as NCTE Connects to welcome new members and provide support for early-career educators;
Participating in NCTE events and providing outreach support throughout the year. Examples: National Day on Writing, African American Read-In, Annual Convention, etc.; and
Supporting the NCTE community at professional events, such as state and regional NCTE affiliate events and other events where literacy educators are active.
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
NCTE is seeking eight Community Ambassadors for the 2019–2020 cohort. NCTE’s members represent a wide variety of teaching experience in a variety of settings, and we’re looking for that range to be reflected in our Community Ambassadors. We hope to attract a diverse group of Ambassadors and, therefore, encourage NCTE members of all backgrounds, identities, and abilities to apply. Please note: preference will be given to classroom teachers.
Ideally, Community Ambassadors will have a strong teacher community already established, whether online or in person; will have an active presence on social media; will be interested in learning about, or already well versed in, NCTE resources; and will be passionate about making connections with other educators. Most important, we’re looking for educators who are excited to spread the word, spark conversation, and engage online and offline with fellow teachers on behalf of NCTE’s mission.
BENEFITS OF BECOMING A COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR
The opportunity to enhance your own professional development networks by connecting with NCTE members throughout the country
Opportunities to share stories and ideas with a national audience through NCTE’s social media sites and blog
Depending on geographic location, the ability to attend professional development events
Opportunities to connect with local affiliates, if applicable
Access to a range of grade-level-appropriate NCTE resources, including new books and journals
IS THIS A VOLUNTEER ROLE?
Yes. NCTE members have been asking the Council for expanded ways to engage as volunteers, and this new role is an exciting leadership opportunity. The Ambassadors selected will be fully supported by an energetic team, and will have access to support tools throughout the experience.
WILL I RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM NCTE?
As a Community Ambassador, you will receive creative and strategic support from NCTE’s staff. Any required travel incurred as a Community Ambassador will be covered by NCTE.
HOW CAN I APPLY TO BECOME A COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR?
To apply, click here. We look forward to learning more about you!
WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR DECISIONS?
March 31, 8:00 p.m. ET: Applications due.
April 10: Round one application review. Round two assignments will be sent.
April 24: Round two assignments due.
May 3: Final decision on Ambassadors made.
In-person meeting, which will be scheduled based on the availability of the selected Ambassadors:
Friday, June 21–Sunday, June 23
Sunday, July 7–Tuesday, July 9
Friday, August 2–Sunday, August 4