Jocelyn A. Chadwick

Former President
National Council of Teachers of English

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An English teacher for over thirty years—from Irving High School (Texas) and finally to Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she presently lectures occasionally—Chadwick is a consultant for school districts around the country and assists English departments with curricula to reflect diversity and cross-curricular content. Chadwick is also the former President of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Working both nationally and abroad, Chadwick’s publications include The Jim Dilemma: Reading Race in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; “Making Characters Come Alive! Using Characters for Identification and Engagement;” “Mark Twain Meets Generation Z: Challenges, Questions, and New Perspectives” (in press); Writing for Life: Using Literature to Teach Writing, Common Core/Paradigmatic Shifts and Teaching Literature in the Context of Literacy Instruction, “We Dare Not to Teach What We Know We Must: The Importance of Difficult Conversations,” English Journal, 106.2 (2016), 88-91; “21st Century Challenge: Necessary Perspectives on Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as Anti-Slavery Novels;” Critical Insights: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, H. W. Wilson, 2016.

Awards and honors include: Honor A Teacher—Harvard University; Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award; The Intellectual Freedom Award; cited as Notable Educator since WWII in Black Texas Women: 150 Years of Trial and Triumph; presented at the White House in 2001: The White House Salute to American Authors; and the Mercedes Bonner Leadership Award 2017.

Related Work
"Green Pens, Marginal Notes: Re-Thinking Writing and Student Engagement" and "Making Characters Come Alive: Using Characters for Identification and Engagement," 21st century instructional approaches for teachers and students-cross curricula and critical thinking.

Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards, a book series from NCTE and a site dedicated to exploring the Core.

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