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NCTE 2016 Annual Convention

Section Event Speakers

Whether you work in the Elementary, Middle, Secondary, or College realm, you're in for a treat at this year's Convention. Incredible speakers can be found at special events for every section. These are just a few of the events on the program.


Elementary Section Get-Together
Thursday, November 17

Bess Altwerger, winner of the 2016 NCTE Outstanding Elementary Educator award, recently retired from her full-time position as professor of elementary education and graduate reading at Towson University. As an adjunct professor, she continues to teach advanced courses in literacy on a part-time basis, and her current activities are devoted to transforming repressive literacy policies, reprofessionalizing teaching, and returning joy to classrooms. 


Ann Marie Corgill

For the past 22 years, Ann Marie Corgill has been a classroom teacher and is currently learning with first graders at Shades Mountain Elementary in Hoover, AL. She served as Alabama’s Teacher of the Year in 2015, and was one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and the author of Of Primary Importance: What’s Essential in Teaching Young Writers, published by Stenhouse. 


Barbara Flores

Barbara Flores is a pioneer Latina scholar activist and leader, teacher educator, children’s literature writer, and international expert in the areas of biliteracy development, professional staff development, bilingual education, and critical pedagogy. She is the creator and coauthor of the first original Spanish leveled book series in the United States, Piñata and Más Piñta (220 titles). She has been a professor since 1980 and recently semi-retired from California State University, San Bernardino.


Meet Your Elementary Section Representatives
Friday, November 18

This event will feature two prominent Mexican American children's authors as keynote speakers. 

Carmen Tafolla is a poet, storyteller, performance artist, motivational speaker, and university professor. Tafolla has just been named the 2015 Poet Laureate of the State of Texas. The author of more than 20 books, her work appears internationally in high school and university textbooks, newspapers, journals and magazines, and elementary school readers. 



 Duncan Tonatiuh  is the author-illustrator of The Princess and the WarriorFunny BonesSeparate Is Never EqualPancho Rabbit and the Coyote, Diego Rivera: His World and Ours and Dear Primo. He is the illustrator of Esquivel! and Salsa. His books have received multiple accolades, among them the Pura Belpré Medal, the Sibert Medal, The Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children's Book Award, The Américas Award, the Jane Addams Children's Book Award and the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Award.




Middle Level Meet-Up
Thursday, November 17

Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous national and state awards, as well as international recognition. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. She was the 2015 recipient of the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award.  


 Antero Garcia is an assistant professor in the English Department at Colorado State University. He is codesigner of the Critical Design and Gaming School—a public high school currently open in South Central Los Angeles. He codeveleoped the Black Cloud Game, a Digital Media and Learning Competition Award recipient that provoked students to take real-time assessment of air quality in their community.  Garcia is currently exploring the learning and socialization practices of tabletop gaming communities who focus on role-playing games.


 Rich Wallace has written more than three dozen novels for children and teenagers. His first novel, Wrestling Sturbridge, was selected for YALSA as one of the 100 Best of the Best for the twenty-first century. His acclaimed middle grade nonfiction Babe Conquers the World is cowritten with his wife, Sandra Neil Wallace.


Sandra Neil Wallace had a lengthy career as a news anchor and ESPN sportscaster. She became the first woman to host an NHL show on network TV and part of the first ESPN crew to cover the WNBA before cowriting Babe Conquers the World and the award-winning fiction titles Muckers and Little Joe.


Middle Level Mosaic
Saturday, November 19

 Jason Reynolds is the author of critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Coretta Scott King Honor books Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely); and As Brave as You, his middle grade debut.


 Sara Ahmed has taught in urban, suburban, public, independent, and international schools. She is currently teaching middle school literacy and social studies using the inquiry model at Harlem Village Academy and has taught at The Bishop's School in La Jolla, California, and the Burley School in Chicago. Sara is coauthor with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels of Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry.


 Patricia Hruby Powell danced throughout the Americas and Europe with her dance company, One Plus One, before becoming a writer of children's books. She lives in Champaign, Illinois. Her recent book, Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, won a Sibert Honor for Nonfiction, a Coretta Scott King Honor, and five starred reviews.


 Harvey "Smokey" Daniels has been a city and suburban public school teacher, a university professor, a classroom consultant, writer, and book editor. He is the author of 18 books (and associated videos) on literacy, language, literature, and school change, published by Heinemann, Stenhouse, Corwin, and NCTE. 


Laurie Halse Anderson will also be a speaker at this event. 



Secondary Get-Together
Thursday, November 17
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times best-selling author of 21 books, some of which have won multiple literary awards. Alexander believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through Kwame Alexander’s Page-to-Stage Writing Workshop. Recently, he served as the The Bank Street College of Education Center for Children's Literature's Inaugural Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence. A regular speaker at schools and conferences, he travels the world planting seeds of literary love (Singapore, Brazil, Italy, France, Shanghai, etc.). Each year, he leads a delegation of writers, educators, and activists to Ghana as part of LEAP for Ghana, an International literacy program he cofounded that builds libraries and provides literacy professional development for teachers. 


College Celebration
Friday, November 18

Juan Guerra is a professor of English and Chair of the Department of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington at Seattle where he teaches courses on literacy, ethnography, autobiography, language variation, language policy, and composition and rhetoric. In addition to recently coediting a special issue of College English titled “Translingual Work in Composition,” he has published a number of essays that explore the concept of writing across difference through what he describes as the critical practice of transcultural repositioning. In his most recent book, Language, Culture, Identity and Citizenship in College Classrooms and Communities, Guerra discusses a set of rhetorical and discursive tools related to language, culture, and identity that disenfranchised students can use to navigate and negotiate the pedagogical spaces they inhabit in writing classrooms and beyond as they prepare to become citizens in the making in both local and global contexts. Guerra is the current Director of the Cultivating New Voices among Scholars of Color (CNV) program.  




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