THE AIKEN COUNTY COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH
ESTABLISHED JUNE 2000
I. Goals and objectives:
To provide a teacher forum for sharing teaching strategies.
To provide language arts teachers with a quarterly on-line newsletter.
To establish short-range goals for the organization.
To create consistency in teaching the established curriculum goals (national,
state, and county).
To provide an avenue for language arts teachers to grow professionally.
To provide a forum for staff development for National Board Certification and
various requested topics of need.
To provide more communication among all language arts teachers through
scheduled meetings, in-services, and an on-line newsletter.
To provide mutual and positive support for its members.
To share strategies for teaching language arts at the elementary, middle,
secondary and college levels.
To share strategies for teaching Advanced Placement English, Gifted and
Talented, Honors, and College Prep.
To assist language arts teachers who are new to the county.
To encourage county-wide interests among all teachers to become involved in
the council for professional growth in the teaching of reading, writing, speaking,
listening, technology integration, and performing and visual arts.
To encourage all Aiken County media-specialists and administrators to become
members and to participate actively in council meetings.
To encourage media specialists to provide mutual support to the language arts
II. Guidelines for the Organization:
1. Membership is open to all employees of Aiken County schools.
2. Term membership runs annually from August to August. Membership dues are $5
to cover the costs of group membership to affiliate organizations such as the
National Council of Teachers of English and the South Carolina Council of Teachers
of English, mailings, and other materials expenses. Membership dues will be
deposited by the treasurer into the ACCTE tax-exempt Account established at
Security Federal. All members will be properly receipted.
3. Officers will be nominated and elected in May at the last meeting of the school
year. The term of an elected office is one year, with an option of reelection. The past
Chairman will serve for one year as an Ex Officio member of the Executive Council
made up of the elected officers (Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer,
and Program Chairman). The Secondary Language Arts Curriculum Associate, the
Superintendent and Associate Superintendent of Instruction, the Directors of
Secondary and Elementary Instruction for Aiken County Schools will be given the
opportunity to serve as Ex Officio members of the Executive Council at his or her
4. The duties of the officers are as follows:
a) The Chairman shall conduct all meetings, represent the members as needed,
and coordinate all council activities.
b) The Vice-Chairman shall assist the Chairman and assume the duties of the
Chairman as needed in case of his or her absence.
c) The Secretary shall record all meetings and handle correspondences for the
d) The Treasurer shall maintain records of all monies collected and spent.
e) The Program Chairman shall coordinate council meetings and programs and
provide news for ACCTE members.
5. A vacated office will be filled by Executive Council appointment.
6. The members will meet at least four times annually. Meetings will be scheduled
on Mondays; the location will be determined on a rotation basis throughout the
county. Dates and locations of meetings will be announced in the fall of each school
year, and after school sessions with in-service activities will be announced. The final
meeting or “spring banquet” will highlight various members’ accomplishments as well
as students’ accomplishments/achievements.
7. The logo of the ACCTE is as follows: a Palmetto tree with the trunk being a stack
of books and the palm fronds made up of pencils. The design artist is Janelle