MATELA provides Montana teachers the following services:
Support quality English language arts instruction in the State of Montana.
Provide professional development through study and discussion of issues confronting English language arts educators.cInform teachers, librarians, administrators, and the general public about resources and effective practices regarding English Language Arts.
Promote the cross-curricular, interdisciplinary, and multi-modal (print, nonprint, digital) nature of the English language arts.
Provide leadership and mentorship for literacy educators.
Sponsor conferences and meetings designed to promote the effective teaching of English language arts and to enable teachers to share their knowledge and expertise with others.
Publish articles, reports, research, and creative works of interest to literacy educators.
Advocate for conditions that support literacy learning and teaching.
Collaborate with and support the efforts of individuals involved with forensics, drama, journalism, and information literacy.
Collaborate with other organizations and associations that support literacy education.
Support communication among K-16 English language arts educators, teacher preparation programs, college English educators, and state education agencies.
Promote and participate in National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) programs and policies.
MATELA is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers in English. Since 1911, NCTE has worked to advance teaching, research, and student achievement in English language arts at all scholastic levels.