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2015 Annual Convention

Elementary Annual Convention Events - Previous Revision

Click here to register online today!Elementary program sessions reflect the wide range of interests and needs of elementary teachers.  Whether this is your first time or your 20th, a pre-service or veteran teacher, a researcher or a professor, there are sessions, speakers, and special events that will be of interest to you!

Use the online searchable program to find sessions of special interest to you today! 



JoBeth AllenKick off the convention with these preconference sessions then join us at the Elementary Section Get-Together at 4:30 p.m. with speaker JoBeth Allen, this year’s winner of the Outstanding Educator in the Language Arts Award.  As is the tradition, the time will be spent celebrating the award recipient for her work along with roundtable discussions led by noted educators.  Also honored will be the winner of the Donald H. Graves Writing Award

Finish up the evening with the Thursday General Session featuring singer and songwriter Natalie Merchant.



Are you a first time attendee?  Then start the morning out at the First-Timer's Breakfast from 7:00-8:00 a.m. sponsored by The Random House Foundation Inc. Teacher Award for Literacy.  Get some tips on making the most of your convention experience, and find out who the award winners are.

Sir Ken RobinsonDon't miss the Friday General Session featuring speaker Sir Ken Robinson, author, and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education, and arts bodies.

Join us for the Day of Whole Language, hosted by the Whole Language Umbrella (WLU), featuring sessions focused on whole langage theory and practice.  The WLU also sponsors Workshop W.6, "Learning Floats on a Sea of Talk: Student Talk and Teacher Talk" on Monday.

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. 

Jon ScieszkaThe Books for Children Luncheon is a favorite event for many elementary attendees.  The winners of the 2012 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children will be honored and this year’s luncheon speaker features award winning author Jon Scieszka

Balloons over BroadwayJoin the 2012 Orbis Pictus Award celebrations before and after the luncheon with a discussion of the winning nonfiction titles in Session G.26, and meet the authors of the winning nonfiction titles in Session K.16.


Check out more elementary focused sessions scheduled on Saturday!



David ShannonHighlights include the Children’s Literature Assembly Breakfast (CLA)  featuring David Shannon and Session N.01 featuring the "2012 Notable Children's Books in Language Arts." 

The CLA also sponsors Workshop W.8, "Books that Make a Difference: Kids Taking Action for Social Change" on Monday.

Keith Gilyard

 Come listen to NCTE President, Keith Gilyard, as he gives his presidential address at the Sunday General Session

Be sure to add these elementary focused sessions to your Sunday schedule!


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