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2017 CEL Regional Institute

CEL Regional Institute

Meeting the Needs of the 21st Century Learner: Differentiating Literacy Instruction through Technology

The Conference on English Leadership (CEL) fosters a professional community dedicated to building the leadership capacity of literacy educators, K–College. During this one-day institute, learn how to use technology to support differentiation by:

  • developing a better understanding of differentiation through practical applications and classroom community;
  • developing a better understanding of how to integrate technology into a classroom by learning to decide on when to use technology and how to navigate common fears of technology; and
  • developing a deeper understanding of the decision-making process during lesson planning.

When:  September 26, 2017

Where: Naperville Conference Center
Northern Illinois University
1120 E Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60563

Workshop Flier (PDF)

$100 CEL Member
$125 NCTE Member
$150 Nonmember




8:00 a.m. Check-in and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 12:00  Workshop
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Workshop

What’s Included:

  • Continental breakfast and box lunch
  • Information presented
  • Creation time throughout the day
  • Time for individuals to meet in job-alike tables to create lessons/units/resources
  • One-on-one coaching from presenters during creation time
  • Depending on time, possible hour at the end for group work

Audience: department chairs, literacy/technology/instructional coaches, teachers who teach argument


Chris BronkeChristopher Bronke, English & Communications Department Chair
Downers Grove North High School, Downers Grove, Illinois

Christopher Bronke has been teaching English for fourteen years and is in his sixth year as English Department Chair at Downers Grove North. He has presented nationally on CCSS integration across all subject areas, blogging to empower teacher voice, collaborative leadership, teacher leadership, literacy leadership, and social media in the classroom. Bronke’s work with social media has been featured in The Atlantic, with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on EduTalk Radio, and on social media platforms MightyBell and Celebrate Teaching. Additionally, he has presented at the state level on close-reading strategies for fiction and nonfiction and on 21st-century writing. From 2014 to 2016, Bronke was a member of the Teacher Advisory Council for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is on the Executive Committee as a member-at-large for the Conference on English Leadership. He has served as a Community Manager and Innovation Coach for the Redesign Challenge. Bronke cofounded and is a director of the National Blogging Collaborative, an organization dedicated to helping teachers blog. In this role, he works one-on-one with teacher-writers from across the country, serves as the editorial lead, and delivers training to organizations in order to help infuse the national narrative with authentic teacher voice.

Janice SchwarzeJanice Schwarze, Principal
Downers Grove North High School, Downers Grove, Illinois

Janice Schwarze has been in high school public education for 30 years. After serving 19 years as an English teacher, she was an English department chair for 6 years, an associate principal of curriculum and instruction for 3 years, and is currently in her second year as principal. She has presented nationally on teacher evaluation, CCSS integration across all disciplines, and instructional coaching, mentoring, and differentiation, and has facilitated full-day and multi-day workshops on both coaching and differentiation. Janice served as a Member-at-Large for the Conference on English Leadership and chaired the 2014 CEL Annual Convention. She currently is Associate Chair for CEL. 


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