On behalf of the Elementary Section Steering Committee, we wish to say welcome, bienvenido, bienvenue to this year’s Chicago Convention. Whether this is your first time or your 20th, a pre-service or veteran teacher, a researcher or a professor, there are sessions that will be of interest to you. Sessions in Chicago include 21st Century Literacies, the Day on Early Childhood, and latest research in language arts instruction.
We invite you to join us at the Elementary Section Get-Together on Thursday evening. At this event, you will get to meet authors of mentor texts and will honor Kathy G. Short as this year’s Outstanding Educator Award winner. Join us at the Books for Children Luncheon on Saturday and sit with a favorite author with Pam Muñoz Ryan as the featured speaker. There is an affiliate breakfast on Saturday if you are involved or interested in knowing more about your local affiliate. We look forward to meeting you soon.
~ Frank Chiki, Elementary Section Chair
Kick off the convention with the Elementary Section Get-Together at 4:30 p.m. with speaker Kathy G. Short, this year’s winner of the Outstanding Educator in the Language Arts Award. As is the tradition, this time will be spent celebrating the award recipient for her work who has made outstanding contributions to the field of language arts in elementary education.
The Day of Whole Language, hosted by the Whole Language Umbrella (WLU), features sessions focused on whole langage theory and practice. Join Natasha A. Thornton from Georgia State University for the Opening Session A.14, "Real Change:" Critical Moments of Teaching and Advocacy in Decade of Federal Policy and Mandates.
Join in the poetry celebrations with 2011 Poetry Award winner, J. Patrick Lewis in Session C.17 and past award winners in Session G.09, " A Parade of Poets" on Saturday.
View these additional elementary focused sessions happening on Friday!
Plan to attend the Day of Early Childhood, hosted by the Early Childhood Education Assembly (ECEA). These sessions are specifically for educators of children in preschool and early elementary and are designated and devoted to issues of teaching, learning, and young children.
The Books for Children Luncheon is a favorite event for many elementary attendees. This year’s luncheon speaker features award winning author Pam Muñoz Ryan.
In addition, the winners of the 2011 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children will be honored as well as the 2011 NCTE Poetry Award winner J. Patrick Lewis.
Join the 2011 Orbis Pictus Award celebrations with a discussion of the winning nonfiction titles in Session G.03 and meet the authors of the winning nonfiction titles in Session K.14.
Check out more elementary focused sessions scheduled on Saturday!
Highlights include the (CLA) Children’s Literature Assembly Breakfast featuring Joyce Sidman and Session N.03 featuring the "2011 Notable Children's Books in Language Arts."
Be sure to add these elementary focused sessions to your Sunday schedule!
Elementary program sessions reflect the wide range of interests and needs of elementary teachers. Use the online searchable program to find sessions of special interest to you today!