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Moving Teams from Good to Great: Building a Connected Convention Experience

Convention CircleHow Do You Ramp Up the Impact of Your Convention Experience?
Do it the NCLE way!
  1. Collaborate: Attend as a team—so you can divide and conquer more sessions, debrief together, and hold one another accountable for sharing and implementing what you learn.
  2. Plan: As a team, decide what is your most important question about literacy teaching and learning, and let that drive your selection of convention sessions and events.
  3. Act and Reflect: Schedule daily reflection time with your team during the Convention, and follow up immediately afterwards to plan for implementation of new learning and sharing with others.

For more tips and tools, follow NCTE on NCLE’s Literacy in Learning Exchange.

NCLE Programming at the NCTE Annual Convention

Practice Exchanges: NCLE's Unconference Sessions

There is a great deal of expertise in the room when teams of educators are invited into collaborative conversations about their ongoing work to strengthen literacy teaching and learning. Teams acknowledge their wonderings and challenges from the start and seek input from teams with similar interests, which helps drive decisions about next steps in the process of growing from good to great.

Making Professional Learning Visible to Improve Teaching and Learning

Plan to visit an NCLE Practice Exchange that emphasizes leadership and literacy as a shared responsibility:

  • Literacies of the Disciplines (History, Science, Math, Technology, and the Arts)
  • Examining Our Collaborative Practices: Growing from Good to Great
  • School Partnerships: Engaging the Assets in your Community
  • Literacy Leadership: Implementing CCSS across the School/District

Visit the Literacy in Learning Exchange for resources and more about practice exchanges.

NCLE Strand
At these NCLE-designated sessions you’ll find educators from STEAM, social studies, ELA, and other disciplines discussing how they are tapping educator expertise in local schools, sharing expertise across roles and disciplines, and focusing on specific teaching and learning issues. Use the NCTE online program to build a schedule of the NCLE strand sessions that interest you or view this complete listing in PDF format.

Connecting the Convention to Your Year-Long Professional Learning
11/20/2014 - 2:30-3:45 pm
Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor 6/7
Are you attending the Convention as a professional learning team or on behalf of a collaborative team? Your strategy for attending the Convention should include connections not only to your personal learning interests, but also to those of your teammates and your school. Join us for this working session to generate an action plan that will bring the most benefit to you and your team. Strategize with team members about which sessions to attend together and when it’s best to divide and conquer. Establish plans for collaboration throughout the Convention and beyond. 

Taking an Asset-Based Approach to Strengthen the Impact of Professional Collaboration
11/21/2014 - 2:30-3:45 pm
Gaylord National Resort, Prince George's Hall D
PLC, Data team, CoP, interdisciplinary or grade level team, department, curriculum committee, or leadership team -- Collaboration comes in many shapes and sizes, and we find some to be more beneficial than others. Participants in this session will have an opportunity to explore the free tools supported by the National Center for Literacy Education to assess the strengths and weaknesses of group collaboration and to establish a plan for strengthening these practices. We will be highlighting recent findings on how particular kinds of educator collaboration increase the effectiveness and ownership of new reform initiatives (e.g., Common Core).

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