The Middle Level Section Steering Committee welcomes you to this year’s conference and offers you sessions and opportunities we think you’ll find engaging and enlightening. Our section’s Get-Together and Middle Mosaic sessions allow you to make friends and meet colleagues who are teaching at the same level and sharing your interests, issues, and instructional concerns. And the learning continues with the speakers and presenters we have lined up for you, whom you will find to be both inspirational and insightful. Be sure to attend our Middle Level Luncheon, too, where you will hear this year’s luncheon speaker, the marvelous and memorable poet, Billy Collins. Again, welcome to the convention, and welcome especially to our community, where your active participation is encouraged and appreciated.
~ Jeffrey Golub, Middle Level Section Chair
The first event is the Middle Level Section Get-together at 4:30 p.m. This year’s speakers are Don Gallo, James Dashner and Mike Roberts. The Get-together is a place to gather and exchange ideas as well as celebrate and honor the NCTE Halle Award. This year's award recipient is Teri Lesesne., from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.
Join us for the Middle Level Luncheon at 12:30 p.m and feature speaker Billy Collins. The NCTE Hoey Award, honoring an outstanding middle level classroom teacher, is also presented at the luncheon. This year's award recipient is Susan Houser from Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School in St. Petersburg, Florida.
(Photo by Steven Kovich)
Check out these additional middle level focused sessions on Friday!
Start off Saturday morning with the ALAN Breakfast featuring Jacqueline Woodson as this year's speaker.
The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN) also sponsors Workshop W.15, "Flash Back, Forge Ahead."
Join the 2011 Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children celebrations with a discussion of the winning nonfiction titles in Session G.03 and meet the authors of the winning nonfiction titles in Session K.14.
The Middle Level Mosaic Session JK.01 is a traditional high energy session where teachers come together with their favorite literacy leaders to engage in discussions about literacy practices, keynote speakers, interactive roundtable discussions, and lots of laughs. Featured speakers include Janet Allen, Gordon Korman, Teri Lesesne, and Kate Messner as well as some surprises in store!
View these additional middle level focused sessions happening on Saturday!
Middle Level program sessions reflect the wide range of interests and needs of middle level teachers. Use the online searchable program to find sessions of special interest to you today!
Wondering how to schedule your time at Convention? Here is one schedule you might consider from Middle Level Assistant Chair, Martha Medlock.