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2014 Annual Convention

Secondary Annual Convention Events

Jocelyn ChadwickThis year's convention theme, in a way, invites us home again--to tell our stories, to share them with others, to listen and learn, and most important, to explore how we can maintain this critical learning pathway for our students--both in and outside the classroom. Experience our wonderful speakers, attend the sessions, and share your stories. Collectively, our stories--both personal and professional--are a phenomenal resource; we must share them.

The Secondary Section welcomes you home again for "Story as the Landscape of Knowing."

Jocelyn Chadwick
Secondary Section Chair

Use the online searchable program to plan your convention experience!

Tweet your 2014 Convention participation at #NCTE14.

Thursday, 11/20

Jim BurkeSecondary Section Get-together: 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Listen to featured speaker high school English teacher and author Jim Burke

William KistView a special screening of the film "Running from Crazy." William Kist will preview the film Running From Crazy which will have an exclusive showing at the NCTE Film Festival at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Directed by Oscar-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple, the film focuses on the troubled life of the Hemingway family. The documentary is told through the eyes of Oscar-nominated actress Mariel Hemingway who is alive and healthy and says she has been “running from crazy” her entire life.

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

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

Friday, 11/21

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

High School Matters: 2:20-5:30 p.m.
This session encapsulates the best elements conventions often offer separately: collegial collaboration, relevance, and engagement. The Secondary Section invites you to join us for this innovative session experience. Expect to take home a variety of ideas, concepts, strategies, and approaches peer-to-peer.


Saturday, 11/22

Andrew SmithALAN Breakfast: 7:00-9:00 a.m. (tickets required)
Sponsored by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN), this breakfast features award-winning author Andrew Smith.

ALAN Workshop W.11 (registration required)
Join ALAN on Monday and Tuesday for "Is The Sky the Limit? Using Teen Literature to Forge Connections in a World with Disappearing Boundaries." 

Cory DoctorowSecondary Luncheon: 12:30-2:30 p.m. (tickets required)


Sunday, 11/23

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." See the complete program here.

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