Kentucky English Bulletin




New Call for Manuscripts coming soon! 


Deadline:  February 28, 2018


Theme: Empowering Student Writers in the 21st Century

NCTE’s position statement below provides valuable information for teachers to help empower their students as writers. For this issue of the KEB, we invite manuscripts that focus on incorporating NCTE’s 21st century literacy education guidelines in the classroom. We want you to share your strategies, resources, lessons and issues associated with the theme.

The NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies

Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. As society and technology change, so does literacy. Because technology has increased the intensity and complexity of literate environments, the 21st century demands that a literate person possess a wide range of abilities and competencies, many literacies. These literacies are multiple, dynamic, and malleable. As in the past, they are inextricably linked with particular histories, life possibilities, and social trajectories of individuals and groups. Active, successful participants in this 21st century global society must be able to

  • Develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology;
  • Build intentional cross-cultural connections and relationships with others so to pose and solve problems collaboratively and strengthen independent thought;
  • Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes;
  • Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information;
  • Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts;
  • Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments.
“The NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies.” NCTE Position Statement. Feb. 2013. Accessed 03 March 2016.

How do you incorporate the NCTE guidelines of 21st century literacy in your classroom?

  • How do you keep up with the ever-changing technology/communication landscape and the new avenues that open each day?
  • What lessons, strategies, or resources have you used to develop 21st century communication skills in your students?
    • What multimedia writing assignments (i.e., assignments that combine text, images, audio, and spatial patterns of meaning) do you use to inspire your students?
  • How do you support students in the creation of multimedia texts?
  • How do you assess students’ creations?
  • What online tools or resources have you used to increase student motivation?
  • How do you select a tool or Internet opportunity for students? How do you assess its educational value?
  • How do you facilitate the analysis and synthesis of multiple online texts?
  • What conflicts or obstacles have you faced when dealing with ethics in technology use/literacy?
  • What strategies have you developed to eliminate ethical issues when dealing with technology and literacy?
    • How do you help students add their voices to important conversations?
    • How do you support students as they learn to think critically and strategically about what and how they write?
    • How can teachers help their students experience writing as meaningful and powerful?
  • What technology tools do you use to publish or reach global audiences
  • What cross-cultural connections/relationships have you developed to provide collaborative opportunities for students?

In addition to articles, contributions are sought for standing sections of the Bulletin:

Teachers as Writers: Poetry, Essays, Letters
KEB Teaching Strategy Exchange
Professional Reading Recommendations
What’s New in Young Adult Literature?
Speak Out: Professional Issues
Inquiries and drafts are welcome.

The Bulletin observes MLA documentation style and NCTE’s position on avoiding sexism in language. Articles from 500 to 2500 words welcome!

Please See Revised Submission Guidelines/KEB Editorial Policy HERE.

Electronic submissions are preferred: keb @

Hard copies may be mailed to Dr. Judith Szerdahelyi, English Department, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11086, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1086.

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