Sharon Mitchler, a Centralia College educator, was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusivity for the National Council of Teachers of English.

She is serving a three-year term that will end after the 2019 annual convention scheduled in Baltimore toward the end of November, according to a press release from NCTE. The National Council of Teachers of English has 30,000 individual and institutional members worldwide. The council is dedicated to the improvement of the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.

The committee advises NCTE on ways to foster diversity and inclusivity among members in terms of race, ethnicity, sex and gender identity, age, economic status, physical ability and teaching circumstances. It works with the executive committee and executive director on assignments that ensure equity and diversity within membership, stated the press release.

It is also tasked with providing annual or biannual analyses of the effectiveness of NCTE diversity and inclusivity initiatives, and helps identify existing research and resources to support diverse membership. 

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