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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

First-Timer's Breakfast: 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.

Friday General Session:  8:00-9:15 a.m. with ????.

Whole Language Umbrella Day of Whole Language:  8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Whole Language Umbrella (WLU), the day features a strand of sessions focused on whole language theory and practice.  The Opening Session A.??? on Telling A Story, Taking a Stance, Creating A World! features educators from Arizona’s Zaharis Elementary describing the essential role of story in developing a school culture.


Saturday, 11/22

Early Childhood Education AssemblyDay of Early Childhood: 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Hosted 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. 

Heidi Mills and Tim O'Keefe Join the 2014 Outstanding Educators Heidi Mills and Tim O'Keefe as they present Session C.???? "Changing Our Hearts, Minds, and Actions: Inquiry as A Way of Being."

Books for Children Luncheon: 12:30-2:30 p.m. (tickets required)

  • Meet and have lunch with your favorite children's author as they host your table.
  • Listen to the featured speaker award winning author Jacqueline Woodson.
  • Learn who the winners are of the NCTE Poetry Award and Orbis Pictus Award for Children's Nonfiction.

A Splash of Red2014 Orbis Pictus Award Celebrations

Meet the Elementary Leadership as they present Session B.??? The Elementary Section Steering Committee Talks about Story and Tells Stories.


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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