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2015 Annual Convention

Elementary Annual Convention Events - Previous Revision

Sandra WildeThe Elementary Section Steering Committee is excited to welcome you to the 2014 Annual Convention. As always, we'll have a wide range of speakers, exhibtits, children's authors to meet and greet, social occasions, and other events. This is also a great opportunity to meet other elementary teachers form around the country and, indeed, the world. Washington, DC, buzzes with energy, and we can't wait to see you there!

Register Online Today!Use the online searchable program to help plan your convention experience! 


Thursday, 11/20

Carmen Agra DeedyElementary Section Get-together: 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Opening Reception: 6:00-6:30 p.m.

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

Friday, 11/21

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

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, 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. 

2014 Outstanding Educators Heidi Mills and Tim O'Keefe present on "Changing Our Hearts, Minds, and Actions: Inquiry as A Way of Being."

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

  • Jacqueline WoodsonMeet and have lunch with your favorite children's author as they host your table.
  • Listen to the award winning author Jacqueline Woodson.
  • Learn which poet has won the 2015 NCTE Poetry Award.
  • Hear from the winners of the 2014 Orbis Pictus Award for Children's Nonfiction.

Meet the Elementary Leadership as they present a session titled, The Elementary Section Steering Committee Talks about Story and Tells Stories.


Sunday, 11/23

Jon KlassenChildren’s Literature Assembly Breakfast: 7:00-9:00 a.m. (tickets required)
Sponsored by the Children's Literature Assembly (CLA) this breakfast features author-illustrator Jon Klassen.

Join the CLA for "2014 Notable Children's Books in Language Arts." 

Ernest MorrellSunday General Session: 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Come listen to NCTE President, Ernest Morrell, as he gives his presidential address, and join us in celebrating the winners of these NCTE Awards:

Naomi Shihab Nye
Conference on English Leadership Luncheon: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
(tickets required)
Sponsored by the Conference on English Leadership (CEL), this luncheon features Naomi Shihab Nye.


Conference on English LeadershipConference on English Leadership Convention: Workshop W.12 (registration required)
Sponsored by the Conference on English Leadership (CEL), this workshop begins on Sunday afternoon, November 23 and runs through Tuesday, November 25. The theme this year is "Leading in a Collaborative World."

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