For Teachers

The National Council of Teachers of English

The National Council of Teachers of English, a sponsor of Banned Books Week devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English, English language arts, and literacy at all levels of education, supports an Intellectual Freedom Center to promote intellectual freedom in education and to help teachers facing challenges to works used in their classrooms.

NCTE supports The Students’ Right to Read. Check out the NCTE Virtual Read-Out and NCTE’s Rationales for Teaching Challenged Books. NCTE maintains a censorship report form here.

Using Graphic Novels in Education

Using Graphic Novels in Education is an ongoing feature from Comic Book Legal Defense Fund that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In the column, Dr. Meryl Jaffe examines graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by censors, and provides teaching and discussion suggestions for the use of such books in classrooms. View it here.

Adding Graphic Novels to Your Library or Classroom Collection

Another ongoing feature from CBLDF provides specific resources for librarians and educators who may need to justify and defend the inclusion of the book in library and classroom collections. Check out the column here.

Banned Together

The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund organizes Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret, a multi-city celebration of songs and scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages, to to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in the theater. Find out where the event is taking place by visiting the DLDF website.