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The NCTE series of  virtual conference recordings and books explore how student-centered teaching remains crucial to every classroom and provides examples of upholding NCTE principles of effective teaching in a time of Core standards.  The recordings, ideal for groups or individuals, include authentic and practical advice from national literacy leaders and classroom teachers who work in real classrooms with real students.

Each grade-level conference includes four, 60-minute session recordings (and all handouts) focused on:

  • Interpreting the Common Core State Standards
  • Maintaining a student-centric classroom while planning lessons and units of study
  • Connecting the inspiring instruction already in your classroom to the CCSS
  • Keeping teacher decision-making in the classroom  

Recordings can be downloaded and revisited as often as necessary.  Please contact NCTE if you have additional questions or to view a recording before purchasing.


Choose the appropriate conference:

Grades K-12

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

"This series reminds teachers how to maintain the integrity of innovative and student-centered classrooms...(it) shows that the national standards and a national curriculum are not the same."

--Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 Teacher of the Year and Conference Presenter

Package Series Available

The K-12 Book Series and Virtual Conference recordings package include four, grade-level books, and 13, 60-minute recordings. This collection provides insights and resources for teachers, administrators, and policymakers working with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 

Save $50 when you purchase the K-12 Book Series and Virtual Conference recordings package.


Session 1: Keynote Delivered by Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling

Intellectual Risk in the Classroom

Sarah challenges teachers to take the intellectual risk in the classroom to maintain our best practices in light of the Common Core State Standards. 

"We really liked it a lot...she was so upbeat about a subject that can raise great defensiveness and ire. Her stories were great and she was really personable. The teachers who were with me really enjoyed it!"

Interpreting the Standards: Maintaining the Integrity of the Classroom in Times of Transformation

Once again, NCTE is situating itself as an integral voice when teachers need it most, as they go about the tough work of interpreting and implementing the Common Core State Standards. Unlike some materials that offer explicit units of study, this series reminds teachers how to maintain the integrity of innovative and student-centered classrooms.  While any standards movement can default to sameness, this series shows that the national standards and a national curriculum are not the same. The teachers featured here demonstrate that the most effective curriculum is the one created by individual teachers focused on the learning needs of their students. Join us as we explore how both innovative and reliable teaching remains the most crucial to any classroom.

Learn more about the presenters:  Anne Ruggles Gere; Susi Long; Tonya Perry; Sarah Brown Wessling; Jeff Williams


Elements Common to Sessions 2, 3, and 4

Session 2: Finding Your Way With the Common Core

  • Address questions about CCSS ELA standards.
  • Align NCTE principles of good teaching with CCSS.
  • Discern student learning needs.
  • Consider the range of texts and materials that will foster your students’ learning.

Session 3: Contextualizing and Building with the Core Standards

  • Learn from inspiring teachers who incorporate CCSS into their instruction.
  • Consider individualized and whole-class strategies to foster student learning in the CCSS environment.
  • Learn to “chart the practice” to connect CCSS and outstanding teaching.
  • Employ formative assessment to shape teaching.

Session 4:  Developing Planning Strategies

  • Develop planning strategies for creating units of instruction that:
    • keep students at the center
    • address CCSS ELA standards
    • involve collaboration with colleagues
    • employ formative assessment
    • integrate NCTE principles of good teaching with CCSS ELA standards

Grades K-12 Conference

Grades K-12 PackageThe K-12 Virtual Conference Package includes all four, grade-level conferences below for a reduced price.

Click here to purchase the Grades K-12 Virtual Conference Recordings


Grades K-2 Conference Highlights

Grades K-2In Session 2, Susi Long puts the standards in perspective, with a focus on the students.  View this excerpt (all excerpts are in low resolution to keep file size small) from the second session.

Click here to learn more about and purchase the Grades K-2 Virtual Conference Recordings 


Grades 3-5 Conference Highlights

Grades 3-5In the final session focused on planning strategies, presenter Jeffrey Williams explains some methods of grouping the standards.

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Grades 6-8 Conference Highlights

Grades 6-8Classroom teachers Mary James and Claire Harden take you inside their classrooms where they discuss how texts become conversations.  Although in very different school settings, both teach The Outsiders.

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Grades 9-12 Conference Highlights

Grades 9-12In this excerpt from Session 4, Sarah Brown Wessling, reminds us how common standards do not require common pathways to learning.

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