The end of February fast approaches, and this Friday we want to ask you, why haven’t you submitted a proposal for our 2016 Conference in State College, PA? Submission is easy, just go to this online form to submit your opportunity for professional growth. Our theme this year is “Congruent Worlds, Convergent Practice: Re-Storying Self, School, and Society” and the conference will take place on October 14-15 October at The Penn Stater in State College, PA. Proposals are due by March 25.
Here are 5 reasons why you should submit a proposal for our 2016 Conference:
- You have an exciting idea to share.
Our conference is all about exchanging ideas. Do you have an exciting new way to help students make meaning from texts? A tip on reading strategies? An inquiry question you’re exploring? The conference is a great way to share your thoughts, findings, and questions.
- You want feedback and an opportunity to collaborate with other colleagues.
The conference isn’t just about formal presentations–it is about conversations, networking, and the chance to just sit and talk with teachers, student-teachers, and authors.
- You want to rediscover the joy of self-directed professional development.
Sometimes we crave professional development, but don’t always find what we’re looking for in our own schools. The PCTELA conference allows you to choose sessions based on interest, grade level, and time slots. We have sessions for elementary, middle-level, secondary, and post-secondary teachers. We also have sessions with published authors, keynote addresses from authors, and plenty of opportunities to talk about our craft.
- You’ve always wanted to present at NCTE, but want an opportunity to practice in a smaller venue first.
The PCTELA conference is smaller in scale compared to the national conference, but our sessions are packed full of encouraging, interested audience members. You’ll have the full experience of presenting at a conference but you won’t have to travel far to do so.
- You want an excuse to visit State College, PA during the fall.
State College, PA is a lovely destination in the fall. Visit local sites like the Arboretum, the Nittany Lion Shrine, or Mount Nittany when the conference is done for the day. Take your family along and experience a Penn State sporting event, or dine at one of the many local restaurants.