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On Sunday, NCTE lost a rare and wonderful leader, Kent Williamson. It is with deep sadness that we write about this profound loss to our organization and to each of us who knew and worked with him. As NCTE’s Executive Director for many years, Kent led the organization through difficult as well as joyous times. His sense of kindness, insight, calm, and focus was felt by all who met him as was his sense of urgency in the mission to affect change in the literacy education of all students.
The Early Childhood Education Assembly (ECEA) owes much to his leadership: When he was approached with the idea for an early childhood assembly, his guidance and support were foundational to the development of the assembly that we enjoy today. When the ECEA expressed concern about the limited presence within NCTE of early childhood teachers of color and teachers who work with richly diverse student populations, he was one of the most important supporters of our proposal for the Professional Dyads and Culturally Relevant Teaching project.
And just as he gave support to the ECEA based on his genuine convictions about the importance of our work and trust in our knowledge and abilities, he did the same with so many others within and beyond National Council of Teachers of English – with tireless energy, enthusiasm, down-to-earth approachability, and sincere caring. Kent, we thank you, we miss you, we honor you.
– The Early Childhood Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English