We have an engaging spring conference planned with a variety of session topics. Sessions on literacy will appeal to teachers at all grade levels, especially middle school and high school.
We look forward to a diversity of speakers and presenters. We have sessions that directly address advocacy issues, such as a presenter from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (Philadelphia) discussing “free, open discourse in schools in a functioning democracy” and providing suggestions for teachers on “how to handle unwanted or offensive speech.”
Sessions will help teachers advocate for and develop a “liberation pedagogy” that will support students’ literacy and learning and put teachers in the position of professional decision-makers and collaborators as they help students make choices about their own learning.
We have presenters from NY, PA, and even from Minnesota. From NJ, we have presenters from schools in Morris, Ocean, Union, and Essex Counties. We are also lucky to have two NCTE Lead Ambassadors who will attend the conference; one is giving a session on “Poetry Isn’t Dead (and Neither Are the Poets).”
Laura Nicosia and Jim Nicosia have, as usual, worked hard on all the arrangements for this conference at Montclair University.
Written by Patricia Schall, NJCTE board member
Click on the conference poster (at right) to go to the NJCTE website. Scroll to the bottom of the page to register.
Posted by Audrey Fisch, blog editor for NJCTE
New Jersey Council of Teachers of English, the New Jersey state affiliate of NCTE, the National Council of Teachers of English