NJCTE Announces 2020 Becker Award Winner: Adib Khorram

adib khorram headshotNJCTE is pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 Becker Award Adib Khorram, author of Darius the Great Is Not Okay. Khorram will be honored at NJCTE’s 2020 Spring Conference on March 28, 2020.

The Muriel Becker Award is the highest honor bestowed on a writer by the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English. It has been given annually since the 1980s to a writer deemed by the Becker Award committee to be someone who reflects the best of positive ideals that inspire young readers to high achievement.

About Adib Khorram:

darius coverIf he’s not writing (or at his day job as a graphic designer), you can probably find him trying to get his 100-yard Freestyle under a minute, learning to do a Lutz Jump, or steeping a cup of oolong. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where people don’t usually talk about themselves in the third person. You can find him on Twitter (@adibkhorram), Instagram (@adibkhorram), or on the web at adibkhorram.com.

Spring 2020 Conference: SEL and ELA — Literacy for Life

Saturday, March 28, 2020

8:30am-3:30pm

Pascack Valley High School
200 Piermont Ave
Hillsdale, NJ 07642

According to CASEL.org, social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. The Spring 2020 NJCTE conference theme, “SEL & ELA: Literacy for Life,” invites educators to share their expertise in creating and sustaining social and emotional learning through the English Language Arts in their classrooms and schools.

 

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NJCTE Announces 2020 Becker Award Winner: Adib Khorram

NJCTE Spring 2020 Conference: SEL & ELA — Literacy for Life

teacherwpupilsSaturday, March 28, 2020

8:30am-3:30pm

Pascack Valley High School
200 Piermont Ave
Hillsdale, NJ 07642

REGISTRATION OPEN NOW

According to CASEL.org, social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. The Spring 2020 NJCTE Conference theme, “SEL & ELA: Literacy for Life,” invites educators to share their expertise in creating and sustaining social and emotional learning through the English Language Arts in their classrooms and schools.

Call for Proposals
Proposals, in either 60-minute breakout, 20-minute focused, or 5-minute SPARK (Ignite-style) format, addressing this theme will be given consideration for inclusion in the conference program.

Please complete the form by January 6, 2020 to submit a proposal for consideration as part of the NJCTE Spring 2020 Conference to be held on March 28, 2020, at Pascack Valley High School, in Hillsdale, NJ. Please note, as a non-profit organization of educators, NJCTE is not able to provide a stipend or reimburse expenses to selected presenters. All presenters are also expected to become members of NJCTE.

 

NJCTE Spring 2020 Conference: SEL & ELA — Literacy for Life

NJCTE to Present Muriel Becker Award to Author Ibi Zoboi at Spring Conference

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On March 30th NJCTE will present author Ibi Zoboi with the 2019 Muriel Becker Award for Literary Excellence. The Muriel Becker Award is the highest honor bestowed on a writer by the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English. The award is named for Muriel Becker, a guiding spirit and the voice of the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English for many years. As a three-term president, long-time coordinator of the student writing contest, editor and co-editor of FOCUS, grant writer, and behind-the-scenes producer of the annual STARS conference, Muriel was a key person in almost every achievement of NJCTE. We are honored to give this award in her honor each year.

The Becker Award has been given annually since the 1980s to a writer deemed by the Becker Award committee to be someone who reflects the best of positive ideals that inspire young readers to high achievement. This definition is extended to include writers whose body of works have touched young adult readers, and those whose careers are just beginning to be recognized as exceptional. It was clear to this year’s committee that Ibi Zoboi exceeds these criteria. Her writing is certainly exceptional! Her debut young adult novel, American Street, was a National Book Award finalist. She has gone on to write Pride, a YA remix of Pride and Prejudice set in Brooklyn, and edit Black Enough, a collection of stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America. Her middle grade debut, My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, will be released this summer.  

She regularly works with young readers; she designed and taught a course on female archetypes in world mythology to young women in the Sadie Nash Leadership Project where she also taught creative writing and leadership classes. She has been a volunteer mentor with Girls Write Now, Inc. The Daughters of Anacaona Writing Project, her original program, partnered with local organizations Dwa Fanm, Inc. and Haiti Cultural Exchange in Brooklyn, and Fondasyon Felicite in Haiti to conduct a 3-day workshop with teen girls in Port-au-Prince.

Born in Haiti, Zoboi immigrated to New York when she was four. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and The Rumpus, among others.

The Becker Award committee is thrilled to present Ibi Zoboi with this year’s award at our annual spring conference. After receiving the award, Ibi Zoboi will present the Becker Address. Be sure to sign up now to be in attendance!

 

NJCTE to Present Muriel Becker Award to Author Ibi Zoboi at Spring Conference

NJCTE Spring Conference Schedule

pasted image 0The New Jersey Council of Teachers of English and Ridgewood High School

PRESENT:                    

Doorways to Teaching in a Digital World

March 30, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

REGISTER HERE!

Schedule in Brief:

8:15 – 8:45 a.m.   Registration and Continental Breakfast – Exhibits/Publishers

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Welcome by Dr. Tom Gorman, Principal RHS

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.     Introduction to Georgia Hunter by Lisa Wiater, Holocaust Studies

9:15 a.m -10:00 a.m.     Georgia Hunter and Researching and Writing the critically acclaimed We Were the Lucky Ones

10:00 a.m.-  10:30 a.m. Booking Signing – Exhibits/Publishers

10:35 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Session I (Session descriptions to follow.)

11:25 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Session II (Session descriptions to follow.)

12:15 p.m. –  1:00 p.m. Session III (Session descriptions to follow.)

1:00 p.m.  – 1:30 p.m.   Lunch Service and Exhibits/Publishers

1:30 p.m. –  2:00 p.m. Presentation of the Becker Award to Ibi Zoboi, National Book Award Finalist for American Street

2:00 p.m. –  2:45 p.m. Keynote Afternoon Address  Ibi Zoboi on Writing American Street, Pride and Black Enough

2:45 p.m.   Book Signing

2:45 p.m.  – 3:15 p.m.     Presentation of Teacher Awards and Closing Remarks

 

Workshops and Presentations:

Session I:       10:35 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

Learning Commons                                                        General-Professional

Dr. Lauren Zucker and Dr. Emily Hodge, Co-Editors for the 2020 New Jersey English Journal          

Title: Reflecting on Your Practice: Write for the New Jersey English Journal

Have you taught a great lesson, and want to tell others about it? Would you like to reflect about your teaching, develop your voice as a writer, and connect with a community of practitioners? Join our workshop session about writing for NJCTE’s flagship publication, New Jersey English Journal. First-time writers welcome!

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Kathryn Nieves                                                                            Rm. 244. M-S

Title: Bringing Blended Learning into the ELA Classroom

Description: In this session, the different types of blended learning will be discussed and step-by-step integration strategies will be covered. Different technology tools and software will be demonstrated. Participants will discuss potential obstacles and solutions and will receive time to begin planning their own blended learning instruction for the classroom.

 

Molly Winter                                                                                  Rm. 236 E

TItle: Elementary-Qs: Strategies for Scaffolding Document Based Questions

Description:  DBQs provide a fantastic framework for an inquiry approach to teaching in the content areas while developing literacy skills. Participants will leave with the tools needed to implement a DBQ with their own students as well as a classroom-ready Elementary Mini-Q  unit and a free trial account to DBQ Online.

 

Jason Toncic                                                                                     Rm. 248 M-S

Title: How-to: Mobilize Your Students’ Open-ended Responses Beyond Summary

Description: Do students respond better to reading comprehension questions in collaborative, synchronous online spaces?  You: IDK! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ This presentation compares students’ traditional answers to those from a classroom-based, online chat.

 

Ashley Rillo and Luke Dolby                                                           Rm. 240  M-S

Title: Word Soup

Description:  The leap from chalk to Chrome compels teachers to explore new methods that orient students toward mindful communication. We advocate “think precisely, write concisely.”“Word Soup” challenges the obsession with word count and the fallacy that “more is more.” Instead, each student determines: “What exactly am I trying to say?”

 

Matt Cheplic                                                            Rm. 239 S

Title: Video Essays: A Multimedia Writing Unit

Description:  Video essays are a hybrid of the narrative essay and film. This presentation will take you through the components of writing and filming that has students consider language in relation to image with an emphasis on editing that wholy invests students from idea to final product.

 

Carlin O’Hagan and  Amy Brooks                                             Rm. 234 M-S

TItle:  The Color Guard Strategy

Description: The Color Card strategy provides discussion prompts in the form of a card game. Through this low-stakes competition, the Color Cards strategy encourages productive peer collaboration, creates more interesting and detailed conversations, and gives students responsibility for their own learning, all while posing a healthy challenge in a safe environment. This strategy supports differentiated learning, serving as a scaffold for independent text analysis.

 

Maheen Ahmad and Arturo Rodriguez                                        Rm. 233    M-S

Title: Purposeful Platforms: Using EdTech Tools to Boost Student Engagement

Description: As teachers, we feel a constant push to incorporate technology in the classroom. But which “tools” provide the best approach to address student needs? In this session, we will present a variety of EdTech tools that help students understand, critique, and engage with the content in meaningful ways.

 

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Session II: 11:25 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

Learning Commons                                                                                  General-M-S

Dale Russakoff, veteran Washington Post Journalist and author of The Prize, will discuss Education and the role that Journalism can play in fostering critical thinking with Ridgewood teachers Luke Dolby and Dan Luts, who are former broadcast news and social media journalists.  

Title:  Giving Students Voice: Social Justice, Journalism and Truth

A discussion by journalists and teachers  on the role that journalism can play in education by giving students voice to advocate for social justice and truth on the issues that matter.

Moderator: Patricia Hans                                                                 

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George Salazar                                                                                                Rm. 244 E-M-S

Title:  Creating a Gamified Literature Classroom

Description:  Gamification is an exciting new body of research regarding student engagement.  Using the Classcraft platform, this presentation will model how gamified learning can be applied in traditionally non-gaming environments like a literature classroom, and how to develop learning units with an organic structure of goals,  feedback, and rewards.

 

Michelle Wittle                                                                                               Rm. 240 M-S

Title:  A House Made of YouTube and Ted Talks: Navigating Through the Digital Texts of the 21st Century

Description: The way we define a text has changed. In this hands-on workshop, teachers will use the graphic organizer called the Text X-Ray to weed through different informational texts from  Ted-Talks to Facebook and Instagram posts to distinguish between truth and non-truths and identify bias.

 

Heather Esposito and Allison Kreisler                                                        Rm. 239 S

TItle: Student Voice and Digital Literacy Action Research

Description:  Student voices should be the loudest when we talk about the future of literacy in the ELA classroom.  This presentation highlights an action research project showcasing student-preferred digital platforms, strategies for literacy instruction in high school, the data to support the findings, testimonies from students and the outcomes of the student-selected strategies.

 

Johnette Halpin and Jeanne McVerry                                                         Rm. 234 M-S

Title: Google Extensions and the Reading-Writing Connection

Description: Johnette will show you how to use a team of extensions for Google Chrome to give your students timely, meaningful feedback. Attendees will leave the session being able to use Goodrich, Doctopus, Checkmark. and Draftback together.

Jeanne will demonstrate how student learning can increase exponentially while providing maximum insight into the student’s cognition and maximum support for students in inclusion classes.

 

Donna Zepeda and Valerie Matteisch                                                       Rm. 236 M-S

Title: Tech Tools for Authentic Instruction and

Description: Learn how to use technology to create authentic instruction, personalized inquiry based learning  and lessons that foster critical thinking in engaging ways. Sample lessons and assignments will be provided to demonstrate how digital learning can increase reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

 

Jennifer Persson                                                                                           Rm. 248 M-S

Title: It’s Still a Celluloid World

Description: Participants will learn about the relationship between teaching film and literature and how film analysis can enhance student’s reading comprehension. Analyzing film elements such as lighting, camera placement, and sound helps students develop their media literacy, which can enable them to consume media with a more critical eye.

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Session III: 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Learning Commons                                                                                    M-Secondary

TItle: Writing Narrative in High School through Virtual Author Visits

Nora Raleigh Baskin, author of the acclaimed, Nine Ten, and Educator Oona Abrams will show teachers how to leverage technology and organize in- school field trips with an author to study the craft of writing both fiction and nonfiction narratives.

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Eileen D’Elia and Jennifer Landa                                                       Rm. 248- General

Title: The Balancing Act – Using Mindfulness in a Technology Driven World

Description: Even though technology is a great resource, with increased use of it, there is greater need for human connection, kinetic activities, and mindfulness. This workshop will explore quick and easy mindful practices that can revolutionize your  classroom, your relationships with your students and how you teach.

 

Nicole Warchol                                                                                      Rm. 244- M-S

Title:  From Reading to Writing with Historical Fiction: Bringing Your Students Full Circle

Description: Author Gae Polisner proposed that the best way for students to develop empathy was to not just read historical fiction but to write it. Join Nicole Warchol and learn how her students transitioned from reading historical fiction to using online databases in order to research and compose their own historical fiction vignettes.   

 

Vanessa Kabash                                                                                   Rm. 240- M

Title:  Letting the Horse Out of the Barn: From Small Tech Steps to a Meaningful Gallop

Description: Infusing technology into instruction can be intimidating, even paralyzing. How do we open those barn doors? Explore how small tech steps transformed an “old” Animal Farm unit into a new, evolving experience for engaging with texts, contexts, and others, and for applying what we learn to our digital lives.  

 

Joseph Pizzo                                                                                        Rm. 234-M-S

Title:  ELA 2.0: Blending Fun with the Fundamentals

Description:  Participants will engage in various hands-on activities to create and share original writing in the areas of poetry, persuasion, personal reflection, and more. Find ways to tap into the natural curiosity of students within a framework that demands trust and adherence to personal dignity. Motivating students through the process of energizing writing topics by “setting the write tone” will engage all participants. Strategies to address State standards will also be addressed, along with ways to inspire student writers to be engaged.

 

Audrey Fisch                                                                                     Rm. 236-S

Title:  An Experiential Lesson in Fake News: Trump, J.K. Rowling, and Confirmation Bias

Description: Like many educators, I am working to address fake news in my teaching. This session engages participants in an interactive lesson that illustrates ours and our students’ vulnerability to manipulation. The session also offers concrete strategies for analyzing sources and basic fact-checking moves.

 

Nimisha Patel and Nicole Mancini                                              Rm. 239- M-S

Title:  Flipgrid and Social Learning and Looking for that Hole in the Wall

Description: Flipgrid will energize your classroom discussion as you learn about online platforms, while Sugata Mitra’s famous “Hole in the Wall” experiment will teach you how to help students organize their learning.  The focus of this joint workshop, which will end with data and tested classroom activities sharing, is to give you a shopping bag filled with innovative ways to teach and help students learn.

NJCTE Spring Conference Schedule

NJCTE Becker Award Committee Seeks New Members

The NJCTE Becker Award Committee is looking for members interested in joining our committee.  The Muriel Becker Award is the highest honor bestowed upon an author by NJCTE.  It has been given annually since the 1980’s to a writer deemed by the Becker Award committee to be someone who reflects the best of positive ideals that inspire young readers to high achievement. This definition is extended to include writers whose body of works (fiction, nonfiction, poetry or drama) have touched young adult readers, and those whose careers are just beginning to be recognized as exceptional. Recent winners include Jason Reynolds, Andrew Smith, and Matt de la Pena.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please fill out this interest survey by June 15th.  The committee will work virtually; we encourage any members who regularly read children’s and young adult literature to get involved.  This is a great way to contribute to NJCTE and be involved in the organization!

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NJCTE Becker Award Committee Seeks New Members

Congratulations to M. Jerry Weiss Early-Career Teacher Award Winner: Nimisha Patel

Please join all of us at NJCTE in congratulating Nimisha Patel, one of the 2018 M. Jerry Weiss Early-Career Teacher Award Winners.

Nimisha Patel has taken a non-traditional route to teaching English Language and Literature. She graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and English, and then again with a Masters in Literature. She started her teaching career in the greater Princeton Area–teaching high school English at every single grade level. She then moved to the North Brunswick High School English department and has served as an adjunct professor at Middlesex County College, Kean University, and Rutgers University. Her interests lie primarily in literary theory and post-colonial literature and is currently studying Hindi. She enjoys mentoring young students and serving her community.

We look forward to Nimisha’s contributions to NJCTE and to her continued success in English education.

If you have a teacher whom you would like to nominate for this or another NJCTE award, please check out the criteria and nomination process on our website.

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Congratulations to M. Jerry Weiss Early-Career Teacher Award Winner: Nimisha Patel

Fear is NOT in our Curriculum

“Fear is NOT in our curriculum!”

Similarly, the issue of gun violence was not on the New Jersey Council Teachers of English’s Spring Conference agenda, but we had to adjust because our conference fell on March 24, 2018: The date when hundreds of thousands were marching to protest America’s role as #1 in gun violence.Rise up

NJCTE organizers added a huge paper sheet where participants wrote their views on gun violence in schools on this make-shift “graffiti wall.”

Written in markers, on post-it notes and stationary, pre-service, current and retired English teachers wrote:Children should write

“We are fighting with you!”

“Arm me with Books!
Arm me with Compassion!

Arm me with Empathy!”

“We feel your pain!”

“Our Lives Are Worth MORE Than Your Guns  #NeverAgain”

We also wrote letters of compassion and support which we sent to survivors of Parkland, FL, Valentine’s Day shooting. Dare to Dream

Although many of us felt disappointed that we could not march with the student leaders, we were grateful to have this outlet to participate with our colleagues in support of the March for Our Lives activism.

Written by Liz deBeer, NJCTE Board Member and editor of New Jersey English Journal    

Posted by Audrey Fisch, blog editor for NJCTE

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Fear is NOT in our Curriculum