Mission: The national council of teachers of english is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of english and the language arts at all levels of education. This mission statement was adopted in 1990: the council 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.
Programs: Professional meetings and seminarsncte hosted four face-to-face meetings and many "virtual" events and services that allowed registrants to connect digitally without the time and expense of travel. Our annual convention remained very profitable (it generated a profit in excess of $536,000), although attendance decreased from 6,495 for our boston convention in november 2013 to 6,191 for our dc convention in november 2014. The cccc convention for college level teachers of writing, held in tampa in 2015, increased in size compared to the 2014 indianapolis meeting (3,366 attendees in tampa and 3,087 attendees in indianapolis), but fell below budget expectations due to the increase in rentals/leases and professional services. Overall, our meetings and seminars generated $2. 51 million in revenue and a profit of approximately $374,000.
professional journal and periodical publicationsthe council extended its rich tradition of publishing original, peer-reviewed research on literacy education and perspectives on current issues in teaching and learning through its periodical publications program. Through ten peer-reviewed journals and one quarterly newsletter, ncte released 48 issues during fy15 covering the waterfront of critical issues in literacy education-from early literacy acquisition practices, through engagement of adolescent literacy learners, to in-depth analyses of systemic reforms and commentary and analysis of the common core state standards. Periodical publishing continues to serve as a financial pillar for ncte, earning $1. 14 million in revenue and a profit of approximately $310,000.
nonperiodical publications/booksncte published or co-published 4 peer-reviewed books this year, down from 7 new books a year ago. As book sale revenue dipped from approximately $477,000 in fy14 to $404,000 in fy15 and the net loss on the program increased from approximately $340,000 in fy14 to a loss of $401,000 in fy15, we made a management decision to selectively increase new title publishing and marketing activities to restore overall sales volume. The program continues to provide an important publishing outlet for members and with an increase in promotions we should at least narrow our losses in fy16.