The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) respects your privacy.
We will make every reasonable effort to ensure that any personal information you
provide to us is used only for the purposes stated below. While the policy
presented here concentrates on information collected by the NCTE website, it
also applies to personal information submitted by other means (mail, fax, phone,
sign-up sheets, and so on). Several areas of the NCTE website require that
you send us personal information:
- Membership application
- Convention registration
- Convention session applications
- Information requests
- Award, grant, and contest applications
- Store purchases
- Professional portals (i.e. Connected Community)
This information is received offline as well (mail, fax, phone). NCTE uses the
demographic and professional information collected on membership, convention, and
other forms for aggregate analysis, to personalize our member records for better
service, and to create targeted mailing lists. This information is also included
in convention attendee lists supplied to convention exhibitors and other responsible
In addition to the primary purpose stated or implied at the time the information
is collected, we may use your postal mailing address to send you information about
NCTE programs or products, surveys, etc. We provide our convention attendee
data (including e-mail address, if supplied) to convention exhibitors and make it
available to others. We also make our member data available to companies offering
NCTE member benefits and to other responsible third parties.
If you supply an e-mail address, we use it to confirm your order, follow up on a
request, etc., as the context determines. We may also use it to keep you informed
about NCTE programs and initiatives. On occasion we may use your e-mail address
for a purpose indirectly related to the original context (e.g., e-mailing a customer
satisfaction survey to those who have made purchases from the NCTE catalog
or in the NCTE online store). With the exception of the convention attendee
data, NCTE does not make its e-mail lists available to any third party.
Personal information is also collected in the following areas, but is not reused
in any form for any "secondary" purpose:
- Participation in special programs
- E-mail newsletter (Inbox) sent to nonmembers
Because of the special relationship we seek to maintain with our members, NCTE sends
them periodic updates and announcements by e-mail. We may also make an occasional
phone call (e.g., to clear up a problem or inquire about a lapsed membership).
NCTE members have their own online profile page (within the My NCTE Page) where
they can specify their preferred phone number and mailing address.
"Anonymous" information collected online
Generally speaking, you can visit the NCTE website without revealing any personal
information about yourself. We do keep a record of all server activity, which
means that every page, image, or other type of file requested by your browser is
written into a log file. Each entry in the log contains, among other things,
information about the computer you're using to connect to the Internet (its "IP
address") and about your browser (e.g., which version of Internet Explorer you're
using). It does not, however, tell us anything about you personally.
We use aggregate data from the web logs to determine how the site's resources are
being used and to refine its navigational structure. If the need arises, we may
use the logs to trace the source of abusive or illicit activity. We do not share
our web logs with any outside party.
A "cookie" is a text file, stored on your computer, that includes information that
identifies that computer and can be retrieved by our server to create a seamless
browsing session. Most cookies used on the NCTE site are deleted when
your browser is shut down or in a fixed amount of time, whichever occurs sooner.
Members-only pages and other restricted areas use this type of cookie.Several areas
of the NCTE website use so-called "persistent" cookies. These files are
retained on the user's hard drive after the browser is shut down. For example, the
online store uses persistent cookies that contain some personal information that
a user has supplied (e.g., first and last name) and shopping cart data (to allow
one to resume an interrupted shopping session). Most browsers accept cookies
by default. If you set your browser to reject all cookies, these areas and
others may not function properly. Most browsers have a setting whereby the
browser alerts you when a server attempts to place a cookie on your hard drive;
you are given the option of accepting or rejecting it.
NCTE's web server also places a persistent cookie used by our web log analysis
software to identify returning visitors (actually, returning computers - see "Anonymous
information collected" above). This is valuable to us in assessing the website's
For more information on cookies, visit this US government site.
Material submitted online
Some areas of the NCTE website allow you to submit questions (i.e., contact
NCTE) or express your opinions (i.e., the NCTE-Talk Discussion Board). All
submissions become the property of NCTE. Keep in mind that any information
you post on any of the NCTE Discussion Boards are immediately available
to anyone with a web browser. Don't give out more information than what you
would like everyone in the world to know. You can, of course, edit or delete
the messages you post there. It should be noted that the e-mail address you
submit as part of the registration process for the Discussion Board is not visible
and cannot be retrieved by a member of the public. That person can e-mail
you, but the system hides your e-mail address; in fact, you will learn that person's
e-mail address without revealing yours.
Links to other websites
The NCTE website contains links to other websites. NCTE is not responsible
of a website before revealing any personal information.
notice to you, release information to comply with any valid legal process such as
a search warrant, subpoena, statute or court order, or in other special cases, such
as, for example, suspected fraudulent or criminal activity, or an attempt to breach
the security of NCTE or its website.
Despite our best efforts, we may find it necessary to revise it. Any changes
to be posted at this address (www.ncte.org/privacy).
the contact us form.