The National Council of Teachers of English at Colorado State University (NCTE@CSU) is a non-profit, student-run organization on campus for teacher education students of all content areas. As a professional organization NCTE@CSU provides its members with informative and education-based information through the form of monthly meetings, where they invite professionals in the education system, including student teachers, principals and other administrative staff, and seasoned teachers, to share their expertise with NCTE@CSU membership.

The purposes of this organization are:

  • to create a community among future teachers of literacy;
  • to help develop professional attitudes, standards, and awareness of current issues within the profession through meetings, discussions, lectures, and publications. (e.g., electronic newsletters, journals, blogs, and professional speakers);
  • to encourage inquiry and research in literacy teaching;
  • to enhance ties between pre-service students and the professional education community; and
  • to engage in service projects supporting the above purposes.


This organization is designed to:

  • Provide future educators with a real look into what teaching is like today
  • Assist in providing needed prior to applying for jobs
  • Expose you to new political and career knowledge beyond what you learn in your CSU courses


It’s a safe and great place for future educators to meet one another, ask questions, get answers, and network with education professionals in the surrounding districts!


We firmly believe that NCTE@CSU is first and foremost a community so. . .EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

  • As of this semester NCTE@CSU is a FREE opportunity for all those to attend!
  • Dinner is also provided at no cost thanks to local sponsors! HELLO, FREE DINNER!!!
  • Though there are no requirements to be a member of NCTE@CSU, we will be doing community and fundraising events throughout the year! They are going to be fun!!!
  • NCTE@CSU is an organization that provides you with a ton of resources without taking up a ton of your time!
  • We meet on the third (or second) Thursday of each month from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm (It may end earlier).
  • That is only between 3 and 4 meetings a semester.
  • NCTE@CSU looks amazing on your resume!


Topics for upcoming meetings:

Thursday, October 15th 5:30-6:30 pm

  • In Honor of National Day on Writing (October 20)
  • Speakers: Guest teachers from local school districts will share writing lessons of their own in a celebration of the NCTE National Day on Writing
  • Location: Eddy 5

Thursday, November 12th 5:30-6:30 pm

  • Standards Based Grading
  • Speakers: Local English language arts teachers will explain and demonstrate how they are using standards-based grading in their secondary classrooms
  • Location: Eddy 5


Check Us Out on Facebook! facebook.com/nctecsu

Email Us: ncte@colostate.edu


NCTE@CSU Officers

jennaJenna Franklin: President – Contact info: jenrosie@gmail.com MA English Education. Current GTA, teaching College Composition 150.“I joined NCTE@CSU because I am interested in improving my professional teaching knowledge and I want to make connections with professionals in the field. Last semester, I had the opportunity to attend the Colorado Language Arts Society (CLAS) conference in Golden, CO with members of NCTE and Dr. Pam Coke. This was an incredibly fun and inspirational introduction into the world of teaching secondary English in Colorado, an experience every English teacher in Colorado should have!”
Emily Rice: Vice President – MA English Education. Interests: Adolescent Literature, Writing, and classroom psychology.“I joined NCTE@CSU when I moved here from Minnesota in January 2014. I have learned so much in this year and a half of meetings, and I am so appreciative of the knowledge obtained. The speakers are so insightful into the world of education, and the members of the organization have become my friends, as well as a valuable resource for my professional development.”
Paul Binkley: Secretary – MA in English Education with a focus in science fiction.“I’m excited to be a part of NCTE, because CSU’s branch has been a great professional development resource for pre-service teachers, and I hope to keep building on the work past officers have already contributed to the organization. Paul is a Fort Collins native and received a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing from CSU in 2013.
Morgan Bennett: Marketing Coordinator — BA in English with an emphasis in Education. “I joined NCTE initially to participate in the mock interviews (in the spring), after going to a few meetings though, I was hooked! Every meeting is full of interesting topics, riveting speakers, and of course, free food!” In Morgan’s spare time, she enjoys reading books, riding horses, rock climbing, and travelling. Her last trip abroad was with Dr. Brinks to teach children in Zambia
Ian McCreary: Treasurer – Graduate student in English Education.“I am excited to be a part of NCTE because of the amazing people that I get to work with as a member and the experiences that I get attending meetings. There are not many clubs that offer so much applicable resources to members outside of networking.Outside of school and NCTE, Ian is an avid fisherman. Feel free to ask him what’s happening on the rover or if you want to go fishing one afternoon.
pamPam Coke: Faculty Sponsor —  Contact info: Pamela.Coke@colostate.edu Pam was a member (and officer) of her NCTE student affiliate at the University of Iowa.Currently, Pam is in her 14th year at CSU, where she teaches courses in adolescents’ literature, teaching reading, and teaching methods. She is thrilled to be back in Eddy. Come visit her in her bright, shiny, new office in Eddy 323A. When Pam is not at CSU, she enjoys reading, running, biking, gardening, and cooking–as well as traveling. This past summer, she and her family spent two weeks touring England, Scotland, and France. Be sure to ask about her broomstick flying lessons at Alnwick Castle!