National Professional Organizations

National Council of Teachers of English

The National Council of Teachers of English promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.

National Writing Project

The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners.

Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE (ALAN)

The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN) promotes communication and cooperation among all individuals who have a special interest in adolescent literature, presents programs and conferences on this subject, promotes and increases the number of articles and publications devoted to it and integrates the efforts of all those with an interest in this literature.

International Literacy Association (ILA)

The International Literacy Association (ILA) is a global advocacy and membership organization focused on how literacy is defined, taught, and evaluated.

Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)

The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) supports and promotes the teaching and study of college composition and communication.

American Library Association (ALA)

The ALA proides leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) is a professional association with a mission to ensure excellence in English language teaching to speakers of other languages.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

Division for Early Childhood (DEC)

A membership organization that is a division of the international Council for Exceptional Children that promotes research and advocacy to support very young children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families.

Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) is an international organization advancing the education of all students ages 10 to 15, helping them succeed as learners and make positive contributions to their communities and to the world.

State and Regional Organizations

Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education (Ohio ACTE)

Ohio ACTE- Advocates for career-technical and adult education (CTE) in Ohio that offers educators information and resources to provide outstanding educational opportunities for students of all ages and abilities.

Ohio Council of the International Reading Association (OCIRA)

The OCIRA supports and promotes literacy to help all Ohioans reach their full potential and develop a life-long love of reading.

Ohio Middle Level Association (OMLA)

OMLA’s principle purpose is to promote the middle level concept and provide a medium for those involved with Ohio’s elementary, middle and junior high schools to share with one another.

Ohio Humanities Council

Ohio Humanities is a private nonprofit organization and the state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Promotes the humanities through public programs, grants, and community projects with the goal of helping individuals and communities explore, share, and be inspired by the human experience.

Columbus Area Writing Project

The Columbus Area Writing Project (CAWP) is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a collaborative university-school staff development program to improve the teaching of learning of writing in the nation’s classrooms.

National Writing Project at Kent State University

The National Writing Project at Kent State University (NWP-KSU) has been a National Writing Project site since 1997. NWP-KSU is committed to improving teaching and learning in Northeast Ohio through teacher leadership and professional development.

Ohio Writing Project

The Ohio Writing Project is one of the oldest sites of the National Writing Project. Founded in 1980, Miami’s OWP has offered workshops and inservice to over 100,000 K-12 teachers.

Ohio University Appalachian Writing Project

The Ohio University Appalachian Writing Program was established in 2007 as an affiliate of the National Writing Project and is housed in OU’s English department.

WROTE (Western Reserve of Ohio Teachers of English)

Chartered at Youngstown State University to serve educators in Northeastern Ohio WROTE serves as an affiliate of National Council of Teachers of English and Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts. WROTE encourages professional contact and interaction among K-college teachers of English and language arts; provides information about ELA teaching to parents, other teachers, and the community; reports research and scholarship; and advances the goals of its affiliates NCTE and OCTELA.

The officers are:

President: Jackie Mercer

Vice-president: Sarah Valingo

Secretary/Treasurer: Jeff Buchanan.

OCTELA Liaison: Carol Ann Hart

NCTE Liaison: Rick Williams

Education News and Legislative Sites

Ohio Department of Education

ODE News and Updates

OCTELA Legislative Listserv

OCTELA has a long history of advocacy on behalf of literacy teachers and learners in Ohio, working to communicate what we know about how students read and write. We encourage our members to use their voices not only in their classrooms, but in their communities to educate and raise awareness of events that may impact laws concerning literacy education. To that end, one of our main avenues of dissemination is a listserv which provides subscribers with updates , consisting of the most current information about happenings around the state related to literacy education.
To subscribe to this free listserv, e-mail

Other Professional Resources

Read, Write, Think (ILA/NCTE)

Provides educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.

Educator Innovator (National Writing Project)

Educator Innovator, powered by the National Writing Project, provides an online hub for like-minded educators and organizations who value open learning and whose interests and spirits exemplify Connected Learning: an approach that sees learning as interest-driven, peer supported, and oriented toward powerful outcomes.

Teaching Channel

Teaching Channel is a thriving online community where teachers can watch, share, and learn diverse techniques to help every student grow.

The Reading and Writing Project

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project helps young people become avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers. This goal is accomplished through research, curriculum development, and through working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, and school leaders.

Two Writing Teachers

Two Writing Teachers is a blog dedicated to sharing ideas on teaching and teaching kids to write.