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Elementary Annual Convention Events - Previous Revision

Register Online Today!Elementary program sessions reflect the wide range of interests and needs of early childhood and 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 plan your convention experience today! 


Thursday, 11/20

Kick off the convention with these preconference sessions then join us at the Elementary Section Get-together at 4:30 p.m. to hear speaker Carmen Agra Deedy.  As is tradition, we will honor the winners of the Outstanding Educator in the Language Arts Award and the Donald H. Graves Writing Award

Finish up the evening with ???? at the Thursday General Session

Friday, 11/21

Start the morning out at the First-Timer's Breakfast from 7:00-8:00 a.m. sponsored by Random House Teacher Award for Literacy with presentation by ?????.  Get some tips on making the most of your convention experience, and find out who the award winners are.

Don't miss the Friday General Session with ????.

Whole Language UmbrellaJoin us for the Day of Whole Language, hosted by the Whole Language Umbrella (WLU), featuring a strand of sessions focused on whole language theory and practice.  The day begins with Telling A Story, Taking a Stance, Creating A World! with educators from Arizona’s Zaharis Elementary describing the essential role of story in developing a school culture.


Saturday, 11/22

Early Childhood Education AssemblyPlan to attend the Day of Early Childhood, hosted by the Early Childhood Education Assembly (ECEA).  This strand of sessions is specifically for educators of children in preschool and early elementary designated and devoted to issues of teaching, learning, and young children. 

Heidi Mills and Tim O'KeefeCome listen to the 2014 Outstanding Educators Heidi Mills and Tim O'Keefe in Session C as they discuss "Changing Our Hearts, Minds, and Actions: Inquiry as A Way of Being."

Join the celebration of the 2013 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children winner Joyce Sidman in Session H.02.

Steve JenkinsMeet and have lunch with your favorite author while listening to award winning author Steve Jenkins during the Books for Children Luncheon at 12:30 p.m.  We will honor the 2013 NCTE Poetry Award winner, Joyce Sidman as well as the winners of the 2013 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.

Monsieu Marceau: Actor without WordsJoin the 2013 Orbis Pictus Award celebrations before and after the luncheon with a discussion of the winning nonfiction titles in Session G.28, and meet the authors of the winning nonfiction titles in Session K.56.

Come meet the Elementary Steering Committee members as they present Session K.16 "Fresh Ideas from the Elementary Section Steering Committee" on their favorite teaching ideas and resources. 


Sunday, 11/24

Highlights include the Children’s Literature Assembly Breakfast (CLA)  featuring Nic Bisohp and Sy Montgomery and Session N.12 featuring the "2013 Notable Children's Books in Language Arts." 

The CLA also sponsors Workshop W.12, "By Land, Air or Sea: Border Crossing Experiences In Literacy Conversations" on Monday.

Sandy Hayes

Come listen to NCTE President, Sandy Hayes, as she gives her presidential address at the Sunday General Session. Join us in celebrating the winners of these NCTE Awards:



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