The National Communication Association is committed to developing and providing essential resources for the inclusion of communication in grades K-12 in the U.S. educational system.
The purpose of NCA's K-12 projects is to support and promote a working relationship among communication teachers and administrators in grades K-12, and to provide essential pedagogical and curricular resources needed by these educators. By developing and providing the necessary expertise and products required by K-12 educators and administrators, NCA is addressing a concern that communication teaching has not been sufficiently effective in grades K-12.
K-12 Instruction Improvement
In collaboration with other associations, the association is working to improve the quality of communication instruction in K-12 classrooms, regardless of the discipline of the teacher. Those efforts include activities such as teacher workshops and instructional methods. Some of those resources include:
NCA has developed standards for speaking, listening, and media literacy for students in grades K-12. For the 20 standards, the association has established competency statements in the areas of knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors, along with grade-level teaching activities aligned with the standards and competencies. In addition, an assessment guidelines program is being produced for use with the standards and competencies.
College Board Standards
The College Board has published content standards for middle school and high school English Language Arts and Mathematics and Statistics. The College Board Standards for College Success define a developmental progression of rigorous learning objectives for six courses in middle school and high school that will lead all students to being prepared for AP or college-level work. NCA members Sherry Morreale, John Heineman, and Mary Bozik served on the writing team for the Communication Standards, which were endorsed by the Executive Committee as a replacement for NCA’s K-12 Standards. Learn more.
Teacher Education Certification
The association is taking an active role in setting up guidelines for including communication in the certification of teacher education programs.