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WHO WE ARE

The Virginia Association of Teachers of English Language Arts (VATE), a state affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), is dedicated to excellence in the teaching of English and language arts. Membership is open to all Virginia English teachers and anyone in the state dedicated to the advancement of the English and language arts curricula. VATE keeps its members on the cutting edge of the teaching profession, offering a clear vision of English education, innovation in instructional methods, and opportunities to connect with others who share the vision that English teachers lay the foundation for our culture.

The Purposes of VATE

  • To promote a professional spirit among Virginia teachers of English Language Arts
  • To provide a forum for dissemination of information among these teachers
  • To provide a medium for the exchange of opinions and information
  • To provide an agency to foster cooperation between Virginia teachers of English Language Arts and the National Council of Teachers of English–NCTE.
  • To provide varied programs and services to meet the needs of all levels English Language Arts instruction represented in the organization

Not a teacher? No problem!

Anyone interested in the advancement of the English Language Arts curricula is invited to join VATE. The organization is not limited to English teachers or even teachers. The group wants input and involvement from anyone concerned with language arts instruction from preschool to graduate school and public and private instruction.

Benefits of Membership

  • FFVATE keeps an individual on the cutting edge of the teaching profession, offering a clear vision of English education.
  • VATE is the state affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English.
  • VATE provides English teachers from around the state and the country with opportunities to meet and share ideas.
  • Membership includes the following publications:
    • Virginia English Journal — our biannual journal of writings by English/Language Arts professionals from around the state.
    • VATE Voices — our quarterly newsletter featuring information about the group’s current work for the improvement of English/Language Arts curricula in the state and nation.
    • Special Publications — including brochures, maps, booklets, conference information, etc