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Official Position on House Bill 516

The Virginia Association of Teachers of English (VATE), the state affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, respectfully disagrees with the House of Delegates’ vote on House Bill 516 regarding Policy on Sexually Explicit Instructional Material.  We strongly object to the language requiring that schools “notify the parent of any student whose teacher reasonably expects to provide instructional material that includes sexually explicit content.” VATE values the communication between teachers and parents about the content used to satisfy course objectives. The organization also recognizes the professional knowledge of teachers and relies on them to make sound judgments about the literary merit of the texts selected for a course.  Conversations arising from questions about a text and its use in the classroom are meaningful opportunities to strengthen the educational partnership … Read entire article »

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Karrie Rinder has been named Virginia Association of Teachers of English’s 2015 High School Teacher of Excellence. She was awarded this honor at the National Teacher of English’s annual conference in Minneapolis on Saturday, November 21, 2015. Karrie has been a teacher at Dominion High School in Loudoun County, Virginia for ten years.  In her over seventeen years of teaching, she has … Read entire article »

Save the Date – VATE 2016 Conference

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Sign up for February EdCamp

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