Secondary English Weekly #16

VOLUME FOUR, ISSUE SIXTEEN /December 13-31, 2021

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The District PD Day on January 18th will have a literacy focus. All teachers will be treated to a keynote address by Dr. Alfred Tatum focused on how all texts belong to all students. During the remainder of the day, teachers will be able to select from other literacy sessions or sessions in their curricular area, with the caveat that they attend at least one literacy session throughout the day in addition to the keynote. Here are some sessions that are being prepared for you.


  • Advancing Adolescent Literacy, Dr. Alfred Tatum, Metropolitan State University of Denver in Colorado KEYNOTE
  • Cross Content Principles and Disciplinary Literacy, Dr. Josh Lawrence, University of Oslo
  • What is Disciplinary Literacy? What does it have to do with my classroom?, Dr. Rachelle S. Savitz, Ph.D., Clemson University

  • On-Demand: Supporting All Learners to Build Literacy, Dr. Diana Townsend, Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno
  • Tentative: Literacy Inquiry and Instruction, Dr. Christian Dobbs, Boston University
  • Achieve3000 (Tier 2 Literacy Support Grades 6-9)

English Curriculum

  • Reading and Discussion in StudySync
  • Writing and Academic Language in StudySync
  • Teaching Novels in Middle School with StudySync


Lesson Planning Guide

Explore the new Lesson Planning Guide for tips and strategies to deliver StudySync lessons and engage students in small group, whole group, or individual activities.


As you know, StudySync continually adds texts to their library. Here is a compiled list of the titles added during 2021: StudySync Library Texts Added in 2021. The additions include 9 novel studies, 35 new authors, 21 female authors, and 22 authors with diverse backgrounds.

2022 StudySync Media Contest


Are you ready to show off your students’ creativity? Get ready for the 9th annual StudySync media contest! To enter, students can record and submit their own StudySyncTV video, podcast episode, preview video, concept definition video, novel poster, or a short story of their favorite book outside of the StudySync library. The grand prize for the top entry will be a $500 Amazon gift card (awarded to the submitting teacher) for classroom materials and a classroom Zoom chat with StudySync CEO Robert Romano; $100 Amazon gift card prizes are also awarded to the submitting teacher for top middle and high school entries in each category listed below! Teachers have until 5 pm on May 4th, 2022, to send in submissions on behalf of their students along with parent/guardian permission forms to OR submit via Google form. Submissions are limited to five (5) entries per category per teacher. Consider having students peer review videos, podcasts, and posters to select the five (5) per category to be submitted. A parent or guardian permission slip must be included for each student participating.


  • StudySyncTV Student-created StudySyncTV episodes have been voted the “most popular” of our annual contest. Students can collaborate to produce a 5-minute-or-less StudySyncTV-style or SkillsTV-style episode for any text or skill in the StudySync Library that currently does not include a video. Students should use only original images, artwork, music, and content and check the StudySync Library to ensure their choice does NOT already have a StudySyncTV video.
  • Podcast Develop and record an original podcast about any text in the StudySync Library. Students can offer their perspectives on a theme or pertinent topic surrounding the text. Have your students listen to the podcasts embedded in some of our Blasts for inspiration, or even have them listen to one of their choice from Apple or Spotify! Have students take notes about what makes a good podcast to help them plan and script their own. Students should use only original images, artwork, music, and/or content.
  • Preview Video Produce a video mirroring the Preview videos in StudySync's Intro tab of a text. Students can highlight details about the title’s time period and theme. Please select a novel or text in the StudySync Library that does NOT currently have a Preview video or choose a favorite novel that is not yet in the StudySync Library and develop an audio-visual representation of what is typically found on a book's jacket. Create an introduction that entices fellow students to read the selection. Students should use only original images, artwork, music, and content.
  • Concept Definition Video Produce a video mirroring the Concept Definition or SkillsTV videos! While it is ok to submit a concept definition that is already in the StudySync program, please advise students to rewrite their own script and new conversation between students. Students should use only original images, artwork, music, and content. To get started, download a Concept Definition sample script!
  • Novel Poster Students develop a digital poster image from an original photo, digital image, or artwork as a backdrop clearly identifying the author and title of the book, for one of their favorite titles NOT already in the StudySync Library. Students should use only original images, artwork, and content.
  • Graphic Novel Let your writing shine! Create a graphic novel based on a favorite title of theirs that isn’t part of the StudySync Library. Text and imagery should be original and concise as well as 10 pages or less in length. Students words should be their own! Students should use only original images, artwork, and content.


  • If you’re considering having students enter the contest, take a look at last year’s winners to get an idea of what they will need to produce.
  • Assign the MyStudySyncTV Unit using the Contests filter in the Units tab within the StudySync Library. The MyStudySyncTV Unit engages students in the reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills that are necessary to develop a multimedia project. Completion of the MyStudySyncTV Unit or assignments are NOT required to enter the contest.
  • Have students watch several StudySync® TV, SkillsTV, and Preview videos in the Library to provide students with a framework for the project. Also, using the Blasts filter feature, locate podcasts in the Blasts Library by selecting Blasts with ‘audio’ to provide a model for podcast entries.
  • Visit THIS STUDYSYNC MEDIA CONTEST site for more information.


NCTE extends an invitation to participate in one or more book discussions. Each book discussion will center open dialogue among literacy educators regarding the book and will be led by one or more NCTE member leaders. For a fruitful dialogue, attendees should have read or be generally familiar with the featured title(s). Learn more and register here.

January 20, 2022

Winter Book Discussion—Becoming

January 27, 2022

Winter Book Discussion—The 1619 Project

January 31, 2022

Winter Book Discussion—Amanda Gorman

February 3, 2022

Winter Book Discussion—The Nickel Boys

February 9, 2022

Winter Book Discussion—Harlem Shuffle

February 15, 2022
Winter Book Discussion—We Are Not Broken

NCTE Postgraduate Scholarship

Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Scholarship
This scholarship provides funding for professional development experiences for English language arts teachers working in public educational institutions. The scholarship supports postgraduate training to enhance teaching skills and/or career development in teaching. Learn more and apply here. Deadline January 31.


Celebrate the season with Little Steven's Underground Apothecary Free Streaming Event:
The Holiday Video Jukebox on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 8pm.

The Holiday Video Jukebox features:

  • New and archival performances of holiday classics, seasonal chestnuts, and original bangers from artists of all genres and denominations
  • Guest appearances from celebrities, education leaders, and TeachRock superstars

Register for the Jukebox Event now at, and you’ll be entered to win a gift collection from event sponsor Wicked Cool Wellness! The Holiday Jukebox streams free at on December 15th

Ohio Literacy Academy Live 2022

Join the Ohio Department of Education for Literacy Academy Live 2022. The Literacy Academy will provide professional learning to support the use of evidence-based language and literacy practices and assist districts working toward raising literacy achievement. Literacy Academy Live 2022 will include four livestream keynotes this January and February. Each keynote will feature a conversation between national experts, bringing the lens of both research and practice to important topics regarding evidence-based language and literacy instruction for students from birth through grade 12.

Keynote sessions will take place from 1-2 p.m. as follows:

  • “Debunking Myths about Dyslexia and Brain-based Teaching: Implications for System Change,” with Dr. Nadine Gaab and Dr. Tracy Weeden on Jan. 14, 2022.
  • “The Science of Reading and English Learners: Instruction that Makes a Difference,” with Dr. Elsa Cardenas Hagan and Dr. Claude Goldenberg on Jan. 21, 2022.
  • “Meaningful Language: Intentional Conversation and Play in Early Care and Education,” with Dr. Susan Neuman and Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson on Jan. 28, 2022.
  • “Leading Literacy, Growing Equity: How School Leaders Can Improve Reading Instruction for All Students,” with Dr. Doug Fisher and Kareem Weaver on Feb. 4, 2022.

Registration is not required. Simply visit the Literacy Academy Live 2022 webpage to access each livestream keynote at its scheduled date and time. All keynote conversations and resources will be available on demand on the Literacy Academy Live webpage after the livestream. Direct questions about Literacy Academy Live 2022 to

Ohio Teacher Leadership Summit 2022

The Ohio Department of Education would like you to consider applying to present at the 2022 Ohio Teacher Leadership Summit. The Ohio Teacher Leadership Summit is scheduled for June 8, 2022 at the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus. The Summit highlights innovation in teacher leadership in Ohio. The goal of the Summit is to build a statewide network of teacher leaders and administrators to promote and strengthen teacher leadership in Ohio. The Department is seeking teachers, principals and other school leaders engaged in innovative teacher leadership practices at the school and district levels to share their successes, challenges and lessons learned with others in the state. Breakout sessions can be presented in various formats such as panel sessions, discussions and lectures. The Call for Presenters is open through Jan. 10, 2022. Teachers are invited to submit an application. Questions may be addressed to

columbus metropolitan library winter reading challenge

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is bringing back its Winter Reading Challenge, in which students can earn prizes just by reading over break. The Winter Reading Challenge aims to keep reading skills strong when students are out of school over the holidays. From Dec. 1 through Jan. 31, K-12 students can register and pick up a game board in person at CML’s 23 locations throughout Franklin County.

-The annual program challenges students to track their progress as they read for 20 days and complete five activities on their game boards. Examples of game board activities include “Read a book about a famous person,” “Read a book with a magical creature,” “Tell a staff member about a book you read” and many more. Just for signing up, students will receive a bookmark, mechanical pencil, eraser and sticker. Students who complete the program will earn a book they can keep, as well as a drawstring bag.


National Book Award Author Event

Join National Book Award winner Kevin Boyle in conversation with esteemed Ohio State University scholar Hasan Kwame Jeffries on Monday, January 31st @ 7:00pm at Gramercy Books to learn about Boyle’s The Shattering: America in the 1960s, a masterful history of the decade whose conflicts shattered America’s postwar order and divide us still.

The event is free, but registration is required. Proof of full vaccination or a recent negative Covid-19 test is required to attend. Masks are mandated by the City of Bexley, even for those unvaccinated. Seating is limited. Get Tickets


The OCTELA Conference will be held virtually on February 25th and 26th. Advanced registration for the 2022 conference will close February 11, 2022! Registrations after this date will incur a $15 late registration fee.

Included with Registration:

  • Two days of LIVE conference sessions and keynote speakers
  • On-demand PRE-RECORDED sessions for attendees to watch
  • Up to 15 contact hours (depending on days attended and number of on-demand sessions watched)
  • One-year OCTELA Membership (current members will have their membership extended for one year) which includes digital access to Ohio Voices, the Ohio Journal of English Language Arts, and the Teacher Resources section of the website.
  • Conference Website


  • You can register online. The online form will allow you to pay with a credit card, check/money order, or by school purchase order.
  • If you need to register using a traditional paper registration form, please email Lena Moore at
  • Registration is $73.00. Register Now.

Conference Theme: Storylines

Featured Speakers: Cornelius Minor and Kristen Simmons


The MOY testing window is from December 6-January 14. Middle Schools have the option of taking the IReady MOY, based on building decision to opt in or opt out. The MasteryConnect MOY for high schools will be offered and made available during that window.
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Monday, December 13

  • StudySync Webinar Incorporate STEM Topics into ELA with Blast Pairings Register 4-4:30pm

Tuesday, December 14

Wednesday, December 15

  • StudySync Webinar: Basic Training: Create and Grade Assignments Register 4-4:30pm

Monday, December 20

  • StudySync Webinar: Project-Based Learning Opportunities in StudySync Register 4-4:30pm

Friday, December 31

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The building capacity section of this newsletter is currently focused on Supporting All Learners to Build Literacy, a three-session video presentation from Dr. Dianna Townsend, a professor of literacy studies at the University of Nevada/Reno and a principal member of the Education Research Scientific Review Panel with the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education.

Morphology Video Presentation (21:09) Session One

DESCRIPTION: This presentation from the Ohio Literacy Academy will help you identify the basic units of the English language, explore meaningful morphemes in the content areas, and plan meaningful opportunities for secondary students to practice using morphemes. This can help build capacity around increasing literacy achievement in Columbus City Schools.

--Remember that you have access to Greek/Latin/Roots/Affixes skills lessons in StudySync both in the library (library tab, skills subtab, search for "Roots") and in the Vocabulary PDF workbooks in your Course Folders. In addition, you can filter for your grade level and "Academic Vocabulary" once on the library tab, skills subtab in StudySync for additional word study lessons.

--On the English 6-12 Webpage at the ELA Strand Resources for Reading, Writing, Language, & Speaking Quick Link in the Language Strand section, you have the following resources concerning roots/affixes: Greek/Latin Vocabulary Guiding Doc and Vocabulary Roots Online Greek/Latin Practice, in addition to other vocabulary links. Here is a helpful list of morphemes that are common across content areas. Think about how you can allow for students’ meaningful practice with those morphemes and words in the classroom.

Academic Language Video Presentation (21:41) Session Two
DESCRIPTION: This presentation from the Ohio Literacy Academy will help you identify key features of academic sentences and paragraphs, identify different types of connective words, and plan actionable approaches for supporting secondary students’ knowledge and use of connectives.

--On the English 6-12 Webpage at the ELA Strand Resources for Reading, Writing, Language, & Speaking Quick Link in the Writing Strand section, you have the following resources concerning transitions, academic sentence stems, and connectives:

--Remember that you also have access to transition skills lessons in the StudySync Library (library tab, skills subtab, search for "transitions"), and work with organization within the CORE ELA Units. Many of the slide-in scaffolds in StudySync have sentence stems for discussion and writing. Think about how you can allow for students’ meaningful practice with academic language in the classroom.

Scaffolding Texts Video Presentation (21:21) Session Three

DESCRIPTION: This presentation from the Ohio Literacy Academy will help you explain the importance of text scaffolding, as well as plan for before, during and after reading scaffolds for content area texts.

--On the English 6-12 Webpage at the ELA Strand Resources for Reading, Writing, Language, & Speaking Quick Link in the Reading Strand section, you have several resources concerning text scaffolding including the ones below. There are also many graphic organizers for analyzing text at the same quick link.

--Remember that you can provide access to slide-in scaffolds in StudySync for your students in the USERS tab and that there are slide-in graphic organizers also available when you assign/customize the StudySync lessons.



You will find the CCS SECONDARY ENGLISH 2021 OST REPORT WITH RECOMMENDATIONS linked here and at the "Standardized Testing" Quick Link on the ELA 6-12 Webpage. Pages 2-10 focus on Reading and Pages 11-14 focus on Writing. Read through to understand how research says we can make gains in both areas.
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Curriculum Maps, Course Folders, and Resource Lists

-Visit these Curriculum/Instructional Resources Quick Links on the ELA 6-12 Webpage for all Secondary English Curriculum.

At these links, you will find your COURSE FOLDERS that have everything you need for your courses including Curriculum Maps, Course Introduction Pages, Standard docs, digital novels, adopted resource trainings/tutorials, etc. To access many curricular and district, you must be logged into Google using your CCS credentials and not a personal account. Curricular documents are also linked on these Google docs:

-Here are the Resource Lists for Secondary English.

  1. The Tier I Instructional Resources are StudySync (English 6-12) and the Bedford Texts/Launchpad (Honors and AP English).
  2. The Tier II Intervention Resource is Achieve3000. The contact person for this resource is Sonja Dill.
  3. The Supplemental Resource is TeachingBooks.
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Curriculum Resources: Access, PD, Tutorials, & Trainings

StudySync (Tier 1 Adopted Resource English 6-12)

  • Help Center: Finding the Help Center in StudySync (video): You can find self-paced Training in the Help Center.
  • Tutorials: StudySync Tutorials (Some of the most popular tutorials)
  • Trainings: StudySync Trainings (Recorded CCS StudySync trainings from 2020 and 2021)
  • Demo Code: Here is the demo code for StudySync in case you have a student teacher, building coach, or admin that wants to see the platform and they do not have a class aligned in Clever/IC. DEMO:, UN: studysync2021, PW: MHEela21
  • Errors: If you notice an error in a StudySync assignment, send an email to Carla Mae She will let both McGraw Hill and StudySync know so that they can make corrections.
  • For the latest information at StudySync, sign up for the SyncUP monthly newsletter. Opt-in here:


Bedford/Launchpad (Tier 1 Adopted Resource Honors and AP)


TeachingBooks (Supplemental Resource)

  1. CCS-Novels Available in the English 6-12 Curriculum Office
  2. CCS Middle School Curriculum: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  3. CCS High School Curriculum: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  4. CCS English 6: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  5. CCS English 7: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  6. CCS English 8: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  7. CCS English 9: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  8. CCS English 10: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  9. CCS English 11: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource
  10. CCS English 12: Novels in Warehouse, Course Folder, or Adopted Resource


Secondary English Curriculum Videos

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outings, classes, contests, grants, and additional pd


Recognizing the extraordinary challenges teachers face, the Bonnie Chambers Grant Committee will award a one-time $2,000.00 grant to purchase books for K-6 students in an Ohio public school building.

This Bonnie Chambers Grant is designed to help teachers who strongly promote the use of quality literature in their classrooms. Teachers will use the grant money to select and purchase their own book choices (fiction or non-fiction) dealing with understanding and coping with COVID, racism and equality issues, and/or mental health issues for children and their families.

Application Criteria

  • This grant is open to any Ohio public school teacher(s) in grades K-6 who demonstrates a need for money in the purchasing of classroom books for their elementary building.
  • If a group of teachers apply, one teacher will apply on behalf of the building and serve as the contact teacher.
  • Need can be demonstrated through free-lunch ratios, recent school-levy results, extraordinary events, etc.

Applications for the 2021 Bonnie Chambers Grants are available and due by December 31, 2021. Visit the Bonnie Chambers Grant page for more information:


The LifeChanger of the Year Award seeks to honor K-12 educators, teachers, administrators or school staff members who make a positive difference in students’ lives. Submit nominations by Dec. 31.


Join the Ohio Department of Education and INFOhio to learn about restorative writing and Open Space – Ohio’s creation and collaboration space for educators. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how and why restorative writing could be a powerful and reflective outlet for students amid the pandemic. Participants also will learn about Open Space tools and resources that support the writing standards in Ohio's Learning Standards for English Language Arts. This virtual series is open and free to all who would like to participate, but Registration is Required.

The dates, times and registration are included below.

  • Session 2 - Date: Jan.12, 2022, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Session 3 - Date: Jan.26, 2022, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Presenters: Mary Rowland and Melissa Solema, INFOhio; Teresa Castellaneta, Ohio Department of Education

-Contact Teresa Castellaneta with questions:


CCS Teacher, Tracie Helmbrecht, will present a Success Criteria PD on February 9, 2022 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. with an optional follow up on February 16, 2022.
Location: ZOOM ID# 588 749 4352 Passcode: Feb9

Register on PDS: 42881
Target Audience: K-12 Educators and administrators
Description: Teacher Clarity is one of the areas the district has included in the 5-Year Strategic Plan. It is also in full alignment with the Common Instructional Framework as well as a focus in many SIPs. This time will be spent reviewing Teacher Clarity protocol, defining Success Criteria, overcoming challenges of implementation and discovering how Success Criteria provides equity in instruction and assessment of standards. Although not required, it might be useful to have a copy of THE SUCCESS CRITERIA PLAYBOOK by Almarode, Fisher, Thunder & Frey (2021). The first 10 attendees who register (either in PDS or by contacting Tracie directly) will receive a free copy of the book.


The Standards Institute is an immersive and transformative five-day in-person learning experience for teachers, coaches, and leaders. Educators who attend the Standards Institute have conversations about race, examine bias and its role in instruction and learning, and commit to adaptive change within themselves as practitioners while learning practical strategies that can improve instructional practice and leadership in schools and systems.

The Institute

  • Five days of in-person immersive, coherent learning sessions led by our highly trained facilitators Monday, March 28, 2022 – Friday, April 1, 2022 Las Vegas, NV

    Price: $2,800 / person

  • Powerful, transformational keynote speakers
  • Courageous conversations and open dialogue about implicit bias and racist structures, with insights and actions to share with colleagues
  • Tools, strategies, and frameworks to enhance instructional practices
  • The opportunity to form strategic relationships with like-minded educators leading the movement towards equitable and anti-racist instruction



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Ohio Poetry Association High School Contest

The Ohio Poetry Association's (OPA) annual high school poetry contest, offering cash prizes (up to $25) and publication to winners in nine categories, is now open. A grand prize-winning poem will be published in Common Threads. Eligible poems will be sent to the Manningham Trust Student Poetry Contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. The OPA contest is open to any student in grades 9–12 in Ohio. There is no entry fee. The submission deadline is January 25, 2022. Here are the OPA Contest Specifics and the OPA Contest Site. For further inquiries or questions send an email to


  1. Voices from the Past – A persona poem in any style in the voice of someone or something from history or prehistory (e.g., a person/animal/artifact).
  2. Ethos – Ethos is a Greek word defined as the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution or the fundamental character or spirit of a culture. Write a poem that reflects in some way your own ethnicity or cultural heritage. Any form. 30-line limit.
  3. Endings – A poem of any style/form 30 lines maximum.
  4. Free Verse – A poem of no more than 10 lines on any subject.
  5. Humor – A poem that makes us laugh—amusing, humorous, funny (but clean enough to print) in any form. 30-line limit.
  6. Metrical Measures – Write a poem in any form that is metrical, e.g., sonnet, villanelle, blank verse. 30-line limit.
  7. My Future: Write a poem about what you envision your life will be like 10 years from today. Any form. 30-line limit.
  8. Lyric Poem - Any subject, i.e., sonnets, villanelles, pantoums, ghazals, elegies, odes and dramatic monologues.
  9. Nature Poem – A poem of any style, up to two pages in length, about flowers, seasons, animals, weather, water, trees, or anything else that expresses an appreciation of the natural world.


Flip the Page: Central Ohio's Teen Literary Journal

Writers ages 13–19: it's your chance to get published! Thurber House is now accepting submissions for the 2022 edition of Flip the Page: Central Ohio's Teen Literary Journal. Flip the Page is written, staffed, juried, and produced by Central Ohio teens and Thurber House. The journal features stories, poems, nonfiction, and artwork from writers and artists ages 13–19. Flip the Page provides teens with experience in submission, critique, editorial design, and publication. All accepted writers and artists receive a complimentary copy of the journal, which will be sold on Amazon.

Click to Submit! Submission Deadline: January 29, 2022

Writing Guidelines

  • Must be a resident of Central Ohio (Franklin, Delaware, Union, Madison, Pickaway, Fairfield, or Licking counties)
  • Open to teens ages 13 to 19 years old
  • They are interested in short stories, poems, songs, essays, play excerpts, and especially humor pieces
  • Maximum of 800 words per piece
  • Limit of two entries per person
  • Accepted formats are Word documents and shareable Google documents

Have a question? Check the Thurber House website or email


Poetry Out Loud (POL) encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary heritage and contemporary life. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council and Wild Goose Creative. Teachers, librarians, or administrators register their high schools each year with the Ohio Arts Council and organize contests with one class, several classes, or a whole school. Contests, workshops, and multi-media program materials, including curricula, are free. Poetry Out Loud is aligned with Common Core and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards.


ncte student writing awards

Here are two writing contests from NCTE.

Achievement Awards in Writing (for 11th grade students)

  • This school-based writing program encourages high school students in their writing and publicly recognizes some of the best student writers in the nation. Deadline February 15

Promising Young Writers (for 8th grade students)

  • This school-based writing program stimulates and recognizes student’s writing talents and emphasizes the importance of writing skills among eighth-grade students. Deadline February 15

Princeton Summer Journalism Program

The Princeton Summer Journalism Program offers a tuition-free journalism institute and college counseling program for high-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds. Participants spend 10 days in late July/early August at Princeton University, where they learn about inquiry and truth in reporting through workshops taught by Princeton University professors and professional journalists. The summer institute culminates in the publication of the student-produced newspaper, The Princeton Summer Journal. Although students who have been actively involved in journalistic activities are welcome, no prior experience is required to qualify. Students apply through three rounds of consideration during their junior year and begin participation the following summer. During their senior year, students work closely with a volunteer college counselor to complete the college admissions process. Learn more about PSJP application process and refer a student to receive more information via this PSJP Website. The Application Deadline is Monday, February 28, 2022.

Ohio Association of Student Leaders (OASL) Opportunity

Students in grades 6-12 are invited to be part of a student-led online roundtable discussion with the Ohio Department of Education concerning Ohio's Whole Child Framework: Healthy, Safe, Supported, Challenged and Engaged. There is no cost to participate. The goal of this series is to increase student voice in implementing Ohio's Whole Child Framework. Objectives include:
  1. Engage with students
  2. Have conversation about Ohio's Whole Child Framework
  3. Gather student voices and ideas
  4. Identify ways for schools to increase student voice to create schools that support the Whole Child.

The remaining public roundtable sessions will take place from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, February 22
  • Tuesday, March 22
  • Tuesday, April 19

Register HERE. Questions should be directed to Anthony Paletta, OASL Director of Advancement:


Holly St. Myer from the New Albany Community Foundation has extended an invitation for Columbus City School students to participate in the New Albany Student Lecture Series 2021-22 both as avid spectators and through advanced submission of thoughtful questions. If you would like students from your school to participate in any of the following lectures, contact Holly at Here are the upcoming lectures:

  • February 16: Abby Wambach, World Cup Champ and Bestselling Author (Health & Wellbeing)
  • March 10: H.R. McMaster, National Security Advisor, & Mary Louise Kelly, Co-host of NPR's "All Things Considered" (National Security)
  • April 6: Robert Reich, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, & Karl Rove, Former Deputy Chief of Staff (Civil Discourse and Debate)
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Carla Mae Phillips

English 6-12 Curriculum Coordinator

Southland Center, Suite 125

Previous Newsletters available on the CCS ELA 6-12 Webpage.