Westfield HS English Teacher Wins NCTE Award

School News
October 20, 2020

Deborah Van Trees, an English teacher at Westfield High, who along with a George Mason University colleague, received the 2020 English Language Arts Teacher Educators (ELATE) James Moffett Award from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).  Their research proposal is to study the impact of writing conferences as they move the onus for the conference and feedback to the students rather than the teacher.  It is a continuation of the student engagement movement, but the students take up far more responsibility for their own participation as writers and peer reviewers.  Van Trees will be recognized at the ELATE Virtual Event on November 20 and she and her colleague are planning to present their results at the 2021 NCTE annual convention in Louisville. Contact Laura Waterman at lkwaterman@fcps.edu