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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 the National Center for Literacy Education's (NCLE) 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:

Examining Higher Education-K12 Partnerships: Creatively Sharing Responsibility for Learning
11/20/2015 - 9:30-11:30 a.m.
What happens when higher education and K-12 communities form partnerships in which all participants are perceived simultaneously as expert and as learner? How do we build our capacity to grow these relationships and to sustain them over time? This session provides participants with the opportunity to share their successes and challenges associated with these partnerships for the purposes of gaining knowledge from the network of knowledge present in the room. 

Our Stories, Our Voices: Valuing Our Research
11/21/2015 - 8:00-10:00 a.m.
How much power and influence do we have when we build and flex our teacher-as-researcher muscles? How much greater still can we become when we are part of a community of teacher researchers? Like EdCamps and Unconferences, this NCLE Practice Exchange experience is driven by those in the room, learning from the expertise and experiences of the collaborative teams and individual educators who want to further build their research practices through conversation with and feedback from like-minded peers.

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.

Using the Power of Language to Reframe the Story of Education
11/21/2015 - 1:15-2:30 p.m.
The National Center for Literacy Education has compiled extensive research over the past few years that tells a powerful story about what schools are doing and need to do to foster strong literacy learning. But how do we tell this complicated story in a way people outside the classroom will understand? And how might we structure that story so it actually leads to change? In this session we’ll learn about strategic framing and how it can be used to build understanding of and support for systemic capacity building around literacy.

Teachers Leading Change: Research in Support of Capacity Building through NCLE
11/21/2015 - 2:45-4:00 p.m.
The best people to find the answers we need to improve literacy education are teachers. We need to understand and promote collaboration principles, organizational conditions, and public policies that enable teacher-led inquiry and action. This session will examine how the National Center for Literacy Education’s 2015 national survey in connection with other current and planned research conducted by NCLE and its 30 stakeholder organizations sheds light on these questions.

NOW WHAT? Putting Convention Experiences into Action
11/22/2015 - 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Make sure that what you’ve learned on the 2015 Convention journey doesn’t go home and sit on a shelf or on a to-do list. Join members of Centers for Literacy Education and staff from NCLE in debriefing your convention take-aways during this working session. Make plans with your collaborative team or in conversation with others for how you will share your learning and put it into practice. Find out how NCLE can support this ongoing work.

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