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2015 Annual Convention

Elementary Annual Convention Events

Ted Kesler VideoThe Elementary Section Steering Committee is excited to welcome you to the 2015 Annual Convention. As always, we are offering a wide range of presentations, exhibits, children’s authors to meet and greet, social occasions, and other events. This is also a great opportunity to meet other elementary teachers from around the country and, indeed, the world. Minneapolis, Minnesota, will be alive with activity, and we can’t wait to see you there.

Ted Kesler, Elementary Section Chair 

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Thursday, 11/19

Peter SisWorkshops: Noon-4:00 p.m. (additional registration required)

Elementary Section Get-together: 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Features children's author Peter Sis, the 2015 Outstanding Educator Award winners Anne Haas Dyson and Celia Genishi, and the presentation of the 2015 Donald H. Graves Writing Award.

Thursday General Session: 6:30-8:00 p.m. featuring Chelsea Clinton

Friday, 11/20

First-Timers Breakfast: 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Alison-Bechdel-photo-Elena-SeibertAt this breakfast you will learn ways to maximize your convention experience while gaining quick tips and strategies that will expand your knowledge of NCTE and your professional network.

Friday General Session: 8:00-9:15 a.m. featuring Alison Bechdel

Day of Whole Language: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Whole Language UmbrellaHosted by the Whole Language Umbrella (WLU), the day features a strand of sessions focused on whole language theory and practice. The opening session, "Rethinking Our Thinking," features authors Daniel Feigelson, Ralph Fletcher, and Georgia Heard. Whole Language Strand Flier.

Conference on English Education Luncheon: 12:30-2:15 p.m. (tickets required)
Sponsored by the Conference on English Education (CEE) featuring education writer Valerie Strauss.

Featured Elementary Sessions:


Saturday, 11/21

Day of Early Childhood: 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Early Childhood Education AssemblyHosted by the Early Childhood Education Assembly (ECEA), the day features a strand of sessions specifically designated and devoted to the teaching and learning of young children in preschool and early elementary. The opening session, "Literacy as an Anti-Bias Matter," features author Louise Derman-Sparks and the closing session "The Barbershop Literacy Project" features Claudette Cole.
Early Childhood Strand Flier.

Children's Book Awards Luncheon: 12:30-2:30 p.m. (tickets required)
Features the 2015 award winning authors Candace Fleming, Ann M. Martin, and Marilyn Singer. Meet and have lunch with your favorite children's author as they host your table and learn who will win the 2016 NCTE Children's Book Awards.

Featured Elementary Sessions:

Dave EggersSaturday General Session: 8:00-9:00 p.m.
featuring Dave Eggers




Sunday, 11/22

Kadir Nelson

Children’s Literature Assembly Breakfast: 7:00-9:00 a.m. (tickets required)
This breakfast features author-illustrator Kadir Nelson and is sponsored by the Children's Literature Assembly (CLA).

Featured Sessions:

Kathy ShortSunday General Session: 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Come listen to NCTE President, Kathy Short, as she gives her presidential address.

Stephen Dunn

Conference on English Leadership Luncheon: 12:00-2:00 p.m. (tickets required)
Sponsored by the Conference on English Leadership (CEL) featuring author Stephen Dunn.

Conference on English LeadershipConference on English Leadership Convention: Workshop W.08 (additional registration required)
Sponsored by the Conference on English Leadership (CEL), this workshop begins on Sunday afternoon, November 22 and runs through Tuesday, November 24. Join keynote speakers Carol Jago, Jeff Wilhelm, Penny Kittle, Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, and Sara K. Ahmed as they reflect on "A Leader's Legacy."  View the Conference Program.

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