This past weekend, we held our annual English Teacher Conference at the Penn Stater in State College, PA, and as we reflect back on the speakers, presentations, and professional conversations we experienced, we want to invite you to consider submitting a proposal for next year’s conference.
It will take place October 20 & 21 in the Doubletree in Greentree, PA, right outside Pittsburgh. We’ve secured Laurie Halse Anderson as a keynote speaker! So think about how you might pull together a presentation addressing Acquiring Advocacy: Overcoming Obstacles, Promoting Partnerships, and Cultivating Dignity.
“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”
~Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
“If you were to look at each atom as a universe unto itself, think of the number of universes within each of us.” ~ Chris Crutcher
As teachers today, one of the most important lessons we must continue to learn is that our student’s voices need to be heard. With the influence of technology, we need to assure our students that face to face interaction is important and readily available. Parents, teachers, and administrators are a (real) life partners and not a virtual presence. That very presence is vital to how our students learn and succeed—and can be fostered through advocating for ourselves, our students, and our schools. While the success of our students is important, we also need to consider that their success is dependent on our ability to connect, teach, engage, and motivate. We can only help them to be their best selves when we, too, are engaged. Connecting with each other, speaking into policies, and staying aware of the needs of our students are all ways in which we can advocate and be advocates.
Our PCTELA Conference theme this year, Acquiring Advocacy, seeks to answer these questions we face in education today:
- What ways do teachers need to advocate for themselves and their students
- How can we cultivate a welcoming and safe atmosphere for students, parents, and the community?
- What ways can teachers collaborate with administration, staff, and parents to help our schools and students thrive?
- How do we plan motivating lessons that allow student’s voices to be heard
- What techniques can we use in the classroom to promote meaningful engagement and self-reflection in ourselves and our students?
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 3/15/17 (<–click link for submission)