We invite you to join the conversations, the meals, the social events, to participate in the
array of specially designed workshops and to hear the renowned keynote speakers scheduled for the 2009 Conference on English Leadership to be held November 22-24 in Philadelphia, PA. We’ve chosen for our theme, “Building Leadership in a Diverse Society” to give us an opportunity to discuss a range of issues having to do with English Language Arts leadership in light of multiple intelligences, differentiated instruction, gender issues, cultures, languages, different kinds of schools - private, parochial, charter and public; urban, suburban, ex-urban, and rural. We want you. We need you – to hear your perspectives. Often, it is the casual conversations between sessions and over a shared meal that provide the insight, encouragement, and just the right leadership strategy to meet the challenges we know await us when return to our school sites and college campuses. Details about the conference will be posted here. Return often to get updates and to register for CEL 2009 in Philly.
~~2009 CEL Annual Conference Program Chair, Anna Roseboro
Grand Rapids, MI
Want to register for the CEL Annual Conference? Just select CEL Convention (W.17) on the NCTE Convention Registration Form. The cost of registration is $150 for NCTE + CEL members, $175 for NCTE members only and $215 for nonmembers. Questions? Please contact Felisa Mann at email@example.com for more information.
CEL High Tea
Convention Center, Room 103B
Speaker - Gail Tsukiyama
Gail Tsukiyama was born in San Francisco, California to a Chinese mother from Hong Kong and a Japanese father from Hawaii. She attended San Francisco State University where she received both her Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in English with the emphasis in Creative Writing. Most of her college work was focused on poetry, and she was the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award. A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, she has been a part-time lecturer in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, as well as a freelance book reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle.
During 1997 to 1999, she sat as a judge for the Kiriyama Book Prize and is currently Book Review Editor for the online magazine The WaterBridge Review. In September of 2001, she was one of fifty authors chosen by the Library of Congress to participate in the first National Book Festival in Washington D.C. and has been guest speaker at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival and the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Marriott, Grand Ballroom, Salon H
Speaker - Laura Robb
Laura Robb, our speaker for the Sunday luncheon, is a favorite presenter at conferences all over the country, trains teachers on differentiating reading instruction and writes articles for education journals. Author, teacher, coach, and speaker, Laura Robb has completed 43 years of teaching in grades 4-8.
She has written more than 16 books for teachers and a big book for teaching reading strategies, Teaching Reading with Think Aloud Lessons. In addition, Robb has penned these best: Nonfiction Writing From the Inside Out: Lessons for Teaching all Elements of the Craft, Inspired by Conversations with Leading Authors, Teaching Reading in Middle School, Teaching Reading in Social Studies, Science, and Math, Grammar Strategies and Lessons That Strengthen Students' Writing.
Laura Robb presently coaches teachers in reading/writing workshop at Powhatan School in Virginia and coaches teachers in grades K-8 in Staunton, Virginia, Long Island, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and West Nyack, New York. Purchase your ticket to the CEL Luncheon on Sunday, November 22 to hear Laura Robb.
Marriott, Independence Ballroom, Salon I
Speaker - Bill McBride
Dr. Bill McBride has worked in a variety of public school and university settings as both a teacher and a consultant. In middle and secondary schools, he has served as a Reading Specialist, an English and Drama teacher, a gifted and a talented instructor, and a curriculum coordinator. On the university level, Dr. McBride has assisted in the training and evaluation of middle and secondary English teachers. For fifteen years Bill worked as an editor and National Consultant with McDougal Littell/Houghton Mifflin Publishing Co., developing both elementary and secondary literature and language arts materials. He has contributed to highly successful programs that reflect the latest research in teaching reading, literature, and social studies, including The Language of Literature, The Writer’s Craft, Language Network, World History, The Americans, and Creating America. An exciting and inspirational keynote speaker, Bill shares his professional beliefs and teaching strategies at conferences and workshops all over the United States and abroad. His workshops are filled with practical, hands-on activities that teachers can begin using immediately in their classrooms.
Sponsor: Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt
Speaker - Carol Ann Tomlinson
Carol Ann Tomlinson’s career as an educator includes 21 years as a public school teacher, including 12 years as a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners. She was Virginia’s Teacher of the Year in 1974. More recently, she has been a faculty member at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, where she is currently William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor in Education and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations and Policy.
Carol is the author of over 200 articles, book chapters, books, and other professional development materials. For ASCD, she has authored How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed Ability Classrooms, The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, Leadership for Differentiated Schools and Classrooms, the facilitator’s guide for the video staff development sets called Differentiating Instruction, and At Work in the Differentiated Classroom, as well as a professional inquiry kit on differentiation. Most recently, she co-authored a book with Jay McTighe titled Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids and with Kay Brimijoin and Lane Narvaez co-authored The Differentiated School: Making Revolutionary Change or Teaching and Learning.
Sponsor: Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt
Marriott, Liberty Ballroom, Salon A
Speaker - Gary Schmidt
Gary D. Schmidt, is a writer of children's nonfiction books and young adult novels, including two Newbery Honor books. Some of his stories reflect experiences he had growing up in Hicksville, a bedroom community for Manhattan (where his father worked). Schmidt, born German and English and raised Baptist, grew up with people distinctly unlike himself. “All of my friends were Irish Catholic or Jewish, and there were some years I was the only Protestant kid in the entire class,” he said. In truth, when December came ’round, and his friends went off early to prepare for the holidays at Hebrew school or catechism, Schmidt was often the only person of any faith tradition left sitting in class.
Which just made things interesting, he said: “It really meant that there were all of these other traditions that came in. And back then, it wasn’t a problem in public schools. There were Christmas trees up and menorahs up. I can remember making menorahs to hang on the Christmas trees. It was just part of the holidays.”
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, (2004) the story of an unlikely friendship between an African-American girl and a white preacher’s son, is told against the backdrop of an actual historical event: the eradication of a black community in 1912 Maine. A Newbery and and Printz Honor book.
In The Wednesday Wars (2007) readers meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High, who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, while the rest of the class has religious instruction. Mrs. Baker doesn’t like Holling—he’s sure of it. Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class? A Newbery Honor book.
Gary Schmidt lives on a farm in Michigan, with his wife and six children, where he splits wood, plants gardens, writes, feeds the wild cats that drop by and wishes that sometimes the sea breeze came that far inland.
Marriott, Liberty Ballroom, Salon A
Speaker - Clella Jaffe
Clella Jaffe, our Monday luncheon speaker for CEL 2009, is professor and chair of the department of communication arts at George Fox University where she teaches introduction to communication, nonverbal communication, gender communication across cultures, argumentation and debate, and interpersonal communication.
Jaffe has many research interests. Her textbook, Public Speaking: Concepts and Skills for a Diverse Society, 5th ed. (Wadsworth), was first in the field to emphasize diversity. Her doctoral work examined intercultural communication among Russian Old Believers, Jehovah's Witness, and Latino students. Research on the medieval mother, Dhuoda, appears in In Their Own Voices: The Rhetorical Activities of Historical Women (Molly Wertheimer, ed., Southern Illinois University Press). Research on wives of Promise Keepers appeared in Standing on the Promises (Dane Classen, ed., Pilgrim Press). Her oral interpretation book, Performing Literary Texts: Concepts and Skills (Wadsworth), came out in 2006. She is currently researching and writing about the impact on the global Anglican Communion of the consecration of V. Gene Robinson as a bishop in the Episcopal Church.
Outside of the classroom, she maintains a flower garden, creates colored pencil drawings, plays the piano, travels, and enjoys her new river cabin.
FEATURED SESSION SPEAKER
Sharon J. Washington
Sharon J. Washington, Executive Director of the National Writing Project, will lead a keynote session on Monday our CEL 2009 Conference. She has been actively involved in enhancing social equity for over 20 years through her teaching in higher education and community involvement and has spoken internationally and nationally at conferences, universities, schools and non-profit organizations to bring a new level of awareness to the topic of social justice. In addition, she has been conducting adventure-based interpersonal and group dynamics workshops since 1983 and draws on a wealth of experiences from working with young people, educators, higher education administrators, park and recreation professionals, allied health associates, corporate executives, and non-profit organizers.
Her scholarly activities focus on the impact of social identities on teaching, leadership and research; and the impact of courses with a social justice theme on students’ attitudes and beliefs about diversity. A consistent thread throughout her two-decade career has been improving teaching and learning. In Massachusetts at Springfield College, she founded Project SPIRIT to improve student retention and graduation and to encourage high school students of color to attend college.
Dr. Washington earned a Ph.D. in Education at The Ohio State University, M.A. in Recreation and Park Administration from Central Michigan University, and B.S. in Recreation Education at The Ohio State University. With her appointment as executive director of NWP in December, Washington is continuing that emphasis through a program that focuses on training teachers to improve students’ writing skills.
Marriott, Liberty Ballroom, Salon A
Speaker - Ann Anzalone
Ann Anzalone, our speaker for Tuesday’s breakfast, comes to CEL 2009 with over 25 years experience in helping families and schools with children with special learning problems from K-12, and serves as a consultant for adult students, parents and their children regarding learning styles, educational plans and academic performance and she provides foster parent training for Montgomery County Children’s Services. The mission statement on her website reads, “To teach so that others may learn.”
Prior to being an in-service presenter, Ann taught middle and junior high school students, including those with learning disabilities and has been honored as an Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America.
Ann is a teacher’s teacher, specializing in communication skills, community building, learning styles, cooperative learning, study skills and stress management and describes very practical ways to focus on the development of techniques, strategies and tools to optimize learning.
She has teaching certificates in Elementary Education and Special Education, Learning Disabilities, Behavior Disorders, and Educable Mentally Retarded. Currently, she teaches graduate classes at Wright State University and at McGregor School, Antioch University in Ohio.
Marriott, Liberty Ballroom, Salon A
Speaker - Jeffrey N. Golub
Jeffrey N. Golub recently worked as an associate professor of English Education at the University of South Florida, preparing students to teach English in the public schools. For 20 years, he taught English, speech communication, and writing classes at both junior and senior high schools in Seattle, Washington. He has presented sessions and conducted workshops for teachers and school districts throughout the country on such topics as “Making Learning Happen,” “Constructing an Interactive Classroom,” “Infusing Technology into the Curriculum,” “Developing Students’ Speaking and Listening Skills,” and “Responding to Poetry and Other Literature.” Dr. Golub is the author of Activities for an Interactive Classroom and Making Learning Happen, coeditor of Reflective Activities: Helping Students Connect with Texts, and the editor of Activities to Promote Critical Thinking and Focus on Collaborative Learning.
Registration and Housing Information
The 2009 NCTE Annual Convention will be held November 19-22, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the Philadelphia Marriott.
Note: In addition, convention participants can register to attend an all day workshop on Monday, November 23 or a two-day workshop on November 23-24.
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2010 CALL FOR PROPOSALS! - RECLAIMING CREATIVITY
Whether you’re a veteran or novice educator, you have experiences to share to help us become better leaders in our diverse society. We invite you to submit a proposal to tell your story, share your strategy, demonstrate your lessons, or report your research. Our interactive workshops are designed to give our conference attendees insight into ways they can better serve the communities in which we live and work. SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL before May 1, 2010!!!
AWARD Winners Announced
The winner of the 2009 CEL Exemplary Leader Award Announced!
Do you know of an exceptional, exemplary leader? Nominate him or her today for next years award!
English Leadership Quarterly Best Article Award
The recipient of the 2009 CEL English Leadership Quarterly Best Article Award.
CEL Vision Statement
The Conference on English Leadership (CEL) is a collaborative, dynamic, discussion-based forum for English language arts leaders to explore current and emerging issues.