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June 2009 CEE Conference

Program Information

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to forge sustainable connections with English education colleagues from around the country and the world.

Conference Schedule

  • Thursday: Check-in begins at 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday: General session begins at 9:30 a.m. with panels and working groups from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: General session begins at 8:30 a.m. with panels and working groups from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: General session begins at 8:30 a.m. with the conference ending at noon

The Conference will begin Thursday afternoon/evening with check-in and a reception.  The program will begin Friday morning and wrap-up around 12 pm on Sunday. 

Note: There will be wireless internet access available in both the dorm rooms and the meeting rooms.

Elmhurst College Location
190 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126-3296

Thematic Working Groups

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

Visit the conference program form (pdf) for more information on these thematic groups.

Keynote Speakers

We are excited to announce that this Conference will feature the following keynote speakers:

Opening Keynote:
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.

A sampling of the panel/roundtable sessions and presenters

  • Suzanne Miller, “Towards a Multimodal Literacy Pedagogy: Changing the Teaching/Teacher Education Landscape”
  • Jamie Myers, “Social Practices that Frame Digital Technologies and Critical Literacies”
  • Richard Beach, “Towards ‘Change-Based’ Literature Assessment: Helping Preservice Teachers Identify and Assess Changes Resulting from Learning Literature”
  • Cathy Fleischer, John Staunton, and Bill Tucker, “Preparing New Teachers of Writing: Holding Fast to Research Based Best Practices”
  • Todd DeStigter, David Schaafsma, Brian Charest, and Sarah Marie Rutter, “Radical Pragmatism: The Limits and Possibilities of teaching for Social Justice in Urban Settings”

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.

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