Literacy … Reimagined

Message from the President

Welcome to a new and exciting year of learning!

For the past 10 years, NTCTELA has provided teachers and leaders with the resources and expertise to support and inspire their students and each other. NTCTELA’s goal is to keep members informed on current literacy practices and professional development opportunities.

We partner with Warren Instructional Network, QEP Books, and Monkey and Dog Books to provide resources that support your instruction.

The purpose of the Council shall be to bring together at intervals the English language arts and reading teachers of North Texas for mutual benefit through professional development opportunities focusing on ways to improve the teaching of English language arts and reading, and to stimulate study and investigation.

Monthly board meetings, posted on our website http://www.ntctela.org, are open to all members. We welcome your input and feedback as we plan activities and the annual conference. You can contact board members at Board@NTCTELA.org. (make sure meetings are posted on website)

When you attend our annual conference, your membership is renewed automatically. If you are unable to attend our June conference and want to continue your membership, please contact, Carolyn Wright, Vice President of Membership at Board@NTCTELA.org


Sheri Pentecost, Ph.D.

NTCTELA President

The ability to READ, WRITE, and COMMUNICATE connects people and empowers them to achieve things they never thought possible.

Messages from the Field: To Flip or Not to Flip? By Lacey Edley

To flip or not to flip? There’s no question about it, flipping your lessons is a must! The flipped classroom model has been around for quite some time, but educators around the globe are finally catching on. This model involves sending video lessons to students to watch at home and then allowing students to complete the actual “homework” assignment in class, along with their teachers and peers. This model gives students the support needed when they don’t understand. It also allows more time in the classroom to extend the learning for students who need more. When teaching and learning in the traditional classrooms, teachers can repeat the information, but more than likely they move on. With this model, students can rewind the video several times until they understand.

I start off each year with a flipped lesson just for parents! This lesson teaches them what the instructional method is and how it will strengthen their child’s reading comprehension, writing techniques, grammar concepts, and vocabulary development. The parents are usually a little apprehensive at first, but after a few lessons, they express how much they enjoy watching them.

Since flipping my lessons, I have seen great gains in my students’ abilities to connect new information with previously taught concepts. Just last week I was teaching a grammar lesson when a child raised her hand to comment that the sentence was written in the first person! We had just had a flipped lesson on first and third person point of view the previous week!

Everyone knows that I’m passionate about creating independent learners that are engaged in the process and have a love for learning! So, if you’re like me, take a risk and flip out with a flipped lesson!

What kids are saying….

Judith: I love flipped lessons because they’re short and it’s like taking Mrs. Edley home with you! Instead of learning at school, you learn at home.

Jackie: I get to see Mrs. Edley at my home on the computer and the lesson only takes about 5-7 minutes.

Moses: You get to watch the lessons over and over again.

Abby: I like watching the flipped lessons at home. Sometimes my mom watches with me and she learns too!

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Upcoming Events in the Literacy World

Upcoming professional development offered by our partner, Warren Instructional Network.

Fountas & Pinnell Classroom Awareness Sessions

Monday, October 30th Interactive Read-aloud, Shared Reading, and Guided Reading

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WIN PD Center, 870 N. Coit Road, Richardson, TX 75080

Monday, November 27th Interactive Read-aloud, Shared Reading, and Guided Reading

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WIN PD Center, 870 N. Coit Road, Richardson, TX 75080

Thursday, November 30th Interactive Read-aloud, Shared Reading, and Guided Reading

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WIN PD Center, 870 N. Coit Road, Richardson, TX 75080

Please sign up using this link:


Jeff Anderson Workshops

Workshop One:
Patterns of Power Workshop for Grades 1-5 -

October 26 or 27, 2016
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

October 26th: (Hurst)
Hurst Conference Center

1601 Campus Drive | Hurst, TX 76054

October 27th: (Garland)

Curtis Culwell Center

4999 Naaman Forest Blvd. | Garland, TX 75040

Workshop Two:
Revision Decisions for Grades 5-10

October 28, 2016 (Garland Only)

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Curtis Culwell Center

4999 Naaman Forest Blvd. | Garland, TX 7504

Fee: Price includes Continental Breakfast

Each workshop requires a separate registration.

Oct. 26or Oct. 27: $189 per person before Oct. 17; $209 after Oct. 17.

Day 3: Revision Decisions book required to attend. $189 without book or

$209 with book. $209 or $229 after Oct. 17.

Mid-Cities Teen Book Fest

Saturday, Oct. 21st, 11am-5pm

9015 Grand Avenue

North Richland Hills, TX

Special things to note for this year’s festival:

  • The first 100 attendees will receive a book bag with author incentives
  • The first 67 attendees will receive a free copy of Brendan Reichs’ book “Nemesis” in their book bag
  • Lunch will be provided by In-N-Out Burger to the first 150 students
  • Toadally Ice will be here selling snow cones

Kids will need to bring money if they want to purchase books from Barnes & Noble.

Click the link below for all details


** If anyone wants to bring a bus with students, please use this link to let us know: http://www.midcitiesteenbookfest.org/groups/.

2017 NCTE Annual Convention

Thursday, Nov. 16th, 11:30am to Sunday, Nov. 19th, 3:30pm

St. Louis, MO, United States

St. Louis, MO

Join thousands of educators, experts, authors, administrators, publishers, and others in St. Louis, Missouri, for the 2017 NCTE Annual Convention!

NTCTELA Teachers of Excellence Award

Start thinking about a colleague, a friend, or a mentor teacher who you would like to nominate for NTCTELA Teachers of Excellence.

NTCTELA awards one Teacher of Excellence award to an outstanding elementary, middle, and high school teacher who has made a significant contribution to the teaching of English Language Arts.

Award winners receive an all-expense paid trip to either the IRA (International Reading Association), TCTELA (Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts), or NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) annual conference.

Winners will be announced at the annual NTCTELA Conference on June 8, 2018 at the Hurst Conference Center.

Additional nomination information will be forthcoming.

NTCTELA Board Memebrs

Your new 2017-2018 Board Members are:


Sheri Pentecost, Literacy Consultant

Past - President

Laura Moore, Wylie ISD

President Elect

Leslie Hancock, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD

Recording Secretary

Holly Genova, Lewisville ISD

Vice President of Membership

Carolyn Wright, HEB ISD

Executive Secretary/Treasurer

Michele Riddle, LoveJoy ISD

Communications Liaison

Kim Bain, Highland Park ISD

Scholarships and Awards

Kasie Roden, Grand Prairie ISD