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From the Current Issue:
Basking in the Afterglow of the NCTE Annual Convention
Thousands of educators sharing and learning together!
More than 5,000 educators attended the NCTE Annual Convention in Las Vegas two weeks ago. And many more were able to join us through Twitter (#ncte12 and @ncte) and through session handouts posted in the NCTE Connected Community.
This issue is about educators learning together . . . and recognizing that the professional learning that occurred during the Convention (from sessions, hallway chats, speakers, enhancing our networks) did not "stay in Vegas." We've brought home that learning and the connections we made with one another, and they are at the heart of our students' learning. As the NCTE "Principles of Professional Development" say, "Professional development of teachers/faculty is a central factor leading to student success."
As the fictional English teacher Sylvia in Steve Shann's blog post says, "For most of last week I loved being an English teacher. Feeling myself a member of the tribe. Amongst my own. I bought books and sat in corners with colleagues sharing excited thoughts about what we'd been reading. I rubbed shoulders with authors whose words take me into other worlds, worlds which become my own world. I was part of a virtual and live community made up of those who love language and the imagination and stories. I felt alive in a way that I did when I was studying English at college, a part of a community of readers and writers, a member of a tribe who had access to a unique way of knowing that helps us see more of what is around and within us. I couldn’t wait to get back to my classroom, invigorated, inspired, renewed, clarified."
"Consensus on Essential Characteristics of Effective Professional Learning": NCTE Washington, DC, Office Director Barbara Cambridge writes with Joellen Killion, Learning Forward; Efrain Mercado; and Sherida Britt, ASCD, on behalf of 13 organizations that support professional learning. The Intersection, November 14, 2012
So What Happened at #NCTE12?
Natalie Merchant and Sir Ken Robinson kicked off the Convention's first two general sessions:
#NCTE12 -- Roundup
NCTE member Franki Sibberson writes about the NCTE Annual Convention, ". . . it is always tricky when someone asks me what I learned . . . because it isn't so much what I learned but what I came away thinking about." She adds, "NCTE's Annual Convention is the time that we connect in person with all those people we learn with throughout the year. We continue conversations we've been having over Twitter and we start new ones. We meet old friends for the first time and we make new friends who we immediately follow on Twitter. It is a time to connect and reconnect, a time to refocus our conversations." This blog includes links to 39 other blogs describing what others came away from the Convention thinking about! A Year of Reading blog, November 25, 2012
Even More Blogged Reflections on NCTE#12
- "nwp annual meeting & ncte annual convention '12 in las vegas: a roundup of reflections": Jim Fredricksen, November 27, 2012
- "On joy and depression in the teaching of English": Degrees of Fiction, November 28, 2012
- "NCTE's 700-plus Sessions Deliver on Tech, Lit, and the Common Core": School Library Journal, November 29, 2012 and "NCTE Roundup, Two": School Library Journal, December 3, 2012
- "Teacher Voice Amplified at NCTE": Teachers Speak Up, November 19, 2012
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