Fast Forward in English Education: Policy into Practice
June 18-21, 2009 - Chicago, IL
- You can now register to attend as a member of a thematic "working group."
If you attend in this way, you will rank order the themes which interest you (up to three) and you will work at the conference with a team of peers drafting an action plan. (See the program proposal form for information on the themes.)
- The registration deadline is May 20, 2009. Please mail-in the registration form.
(NOTE: If you are a presenter at the conference, the preferred thematic working group that you mark on your registration form should be the same as the thematic group in which you are presenting.)
Seats for the conference are limited to 150 participants, and for a short time priority registration will be open only to CEE members. So be sure to register before March 1 to reserve your seat (on March 1, we will open registration to all English education professionals).
We are excited to announce that this Conference will feature the following keynote speakers:
Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Professor of Education and John E. Cawthorne Millennium Chair in Teacher Education for Urban Schools, Lynch School of Education, Boston College. Her talk is entitled, "What Practitioners Know that Policy Makers Need to Know."
Leila Christenbury, Professor of English Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, will share her experiences returning to the high school classroom after being an English educator for many years, as described in her award winning book Retracing the Journey: Teaching and Learning in an American High School (Teachers College Press, 2007). Christenbury's book recently won CEE's James N. Britton Award.
Anne Ruggles Gere, Professor of English and Education at the University of Michigan and director of the Squire Office for Policy Research for NCTE, will speak about connections between research and English education policy making.
As part of the Conference, you are encouraged to sign up to participate in one of the seven thematic working groups listed below. The conference will combine the benefit of a traditional conference (panels, roundtables, keynote speeches) with the more intimate, goal oriented format of a working retreat.
- 21st Century Literacies and English Teacher Education
- Preparing Teachers to Teach Literature in a Globalized World
- Preparing Teachers to Teach Composition in a Globalized World
- Preparing Teachers to Close the Achievement Gap
- The Future of Graduate Studies and Professional Mentoring in English Education
- Effective Assessment and Accreditation of English Education Programs
- Priming Social Justice for Policy in English Education
At the CEE Conference you will also have opportunities to learn about:
- the benefits of forming a CEE state affiliate.
- upcoming English education publications related to "putting English education policy into practice."
- current NCTE/CEE professional initiatives underway to influence literacy education.
- CEE's role in the NCTE National Day on Writing.
- other exciting research initiatives being undertaken by English educators to enrich our knowledge of effective English teaching and English teacher education.
The world of English teacher education today is fraught with many challenges, from unforeseen policy initiatives to which we must respond and accreditation visits which often seem inconsistent with our work, to preparing new English teachers to teach an increasingly diverse student body while working in an increasingly restrictive environment. We face these professional challenges while trying to do the work we have always joyfully done: preparing new teachers of English language arts to be as successful as possible in educating today's young people to be literate, clear thinking, and inquisitive citizens who can read, write, and communicate effectively within various contexts and for multiple purposes.
This CEE conference will build on the previous two CEE Leadership and Policy Summits, "fast forwarding" their productive, yet largely philosophical, discussions into the realms of teacher education classroom practice, teacher mentoring, professional development, and goal-centered political advocacy. As the conference title suggests, the aim of this conference is to put our previous efforts developing comprehensive belief and policy statements into real-world practice, with the overarching objective being to begin to implement previously articulated policy initiatives through the creation of written "action plans." These draft action plans will be reviewed by the CEE Executive Committee following the June conference and are subject to the committee's approval before being published or acted upon. The conference will be open to any CEE member and will be comprised of a combination of working groups built around thematic strands as well as more traditional conference presentations and keynote addresses.