It’s the most wonderful time of the year for English teachers!
We are just weeks, days really, away from the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention and the National Writing Project Annual Meeting.
As a way of gathering my wits and preparing to head to Las Vegas in a few weeks, I am listing the sessions that I am presenting in during these two gatherings. I do this not to brag (because really I need to learn how to say “no” just a bit more often), but more as a way to think through what I need to do for each session and to offer a quick sense of what will be happening in each (if you are interested in catching any one of them). So, without further adieu, here is my schedule.
Thursday, November 15th at NWP Annual Meeting
A6: Digital Writing and the Common Core
Time: - 1:15pm – 3:00pm
Location: MGM Conference Center, 3rd Floor, 307
Digital writing is a prominent feature of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. How are sites leveraging this reality to provide professional development opportunities for their service area? Join Troy Hicks of the Chippewa River Writing Project and Michelle Rogge-Gannon of the Dakota Writing Project as they share experiences of local institutes that focused on responding to the Common Core’s call for digital writing.
- Michelle Rogge Gannon, Dakota Writing Project
- Troy Hicks, Chippewa River Writing Project
Friday, November 16th at NCTE Convention
C.34 – WRITING, TECHNOLOGY, AND THE COMMON CORE
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom Room 119, Level One, MGM Grand
Session Wiki: Chippewa River Writing Project
Description: National Writing Project Teacher Consultants demonstrate ways to invigorate the learner and teacher alike through innovative writing instruction by exploring different genres and technologies while using the Common Core State Standards as the foundation.
- Chair: Troy Hicks Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant -
- Speaker: Erin Busch-Grabmeyer Chippewa River Writing Project, Alma, Michigan – Argumentative Writing
- Speaker: Jeremy Hyler Chippewa River Writing Project, Greenville, Michigan – Informational Writing
- Speaker: Elizabeth Nelson Chippewa River Writing Project, Greenville, Michigan – Narrative Writing
Saturday, November 17th at NCTE Convention
G.25 – SCHOOL TM: TEACHER DECISION MAKING IN THE ERA OF THE (FOR-PROFIT) CORPORATE CLASSROOM
Time: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Location: Room 301, Level Three, MGM Grand
Session Wiki: School TM
Description: English teachers encounter commercial textbooks, curriculum packages, testing programs, and technologies that often limit their decision-making and student participation. Presenters will describe the benefits and constraints of for-profit educational materials, identifying ways to save money, address the learning needs of students, foster greater classroom freedom, and still reach high standards for learning.
- Speaker: Jory Brass Arizona State University, Tempe -
- Speaker: Robert Rozema Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan -
- Speaker: Allen Webb Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo – From Pearson to PlatoR, From K12 Inc. to Accelerated Reader TM: Profiting Students, Not Corporations
- Respondent: Troy Hicks Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant -
I.02 - DREAMING, CONNECTING, AND IGNITING INTEREST: TRANSFORMING THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH THROUGH NEW LITERACIES, TECHNOLOGIES, AND PEDAGOGIES
Time: 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom Room 117, Level One, MGM Grand
Session Wiki: ENG 315
Description: Commission members of the CEE Commission on New Literacies, Technologies, and Teacher Education will hold interactive roundtable presentations addressing how digital technologies can help foster and enhance connections and community in the teaching of English and English Teacher Education.
- Roundtable Leader: Troy Hicks Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant – The Digital Writing Workshop as a Component of Methods Courses
Tech-To-Go Kiosk: Capturing Student Work, Creating Digital Portfolios
Time: 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: Tech-to-Go Kiosk
Session Wiki: NWPM Portfolio Institute Resources
As mobile devices become more and more a part of our teaching and learning, there are powerful tools that we can use to capture students’ work and reflections through image, audio, and video. Using mobile apps such as Evernote, VoiceThread, and Three Ring, we will explore ways to create digital portfolios that students can share with you, their families, and the world.
JK.01 - MIDDLE LEVEL MOSAIC WORKSHOP
It’s high energy-Vegas style-Come join in the fun as middle level teachers meet to dream-to connect-to ignite at this year’s mosaic! We have lively entertainment, dynamic speakers, spirited roundtable discussions, techno gadgets and fun demonstrations-and some special surprises from Vegas history in store for all!
Time: 2:45 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Studio Ballroom B, at Entrance of Grand Garden Arena, MGM Grand
- Chair: Heidi Huckabee New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell -
- Associate Chair: Michael J. Vokoun Corbett Preparatory School of ISD, Tampa, Florida -
- Keynote Speaker: Troy Hicks Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant -
- Keynote Speaker: Bud Hunt St. Vrain Valley School District, Longmont, Colorado -
- Keynote Speaker: Sara Kajder Shadyside Academy Middle School, Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania -
- Keynote Speaker: Barry Lane Discover Writing Press, Shoreham, Vermont -
- Keynote Speaker: David Lubar author, Tor/Forge/Starscape/Tor Teen, New York, New York – The Drama of Engaged Reading
- Keynote Speaker: Jeff Wilhelm Boise State University, Idaho – The Drama of Engaged Reading
Sunday, November 18th at NCTE Convention
L.04 - REPORTS FROM CYBERSPACE
- Chair: Jeffrey N. Golub consultant, Seattle, Washington -
- Speaker: Troy Hicks Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant -
- Speaker: Bud Hunt St. Vrain Valley School District, Longmont, Colorado -
- Speaker: Sara Kajder Shadyside Academy Middle School, Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania -
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