Save the Date! NTCTELA Annual Conference
Friday, June 8th 2018 at 8am
1601 Campus Drive
Registration Opens January 2018
Follow our 2018 Conference Speakers!
Harvey "Smokey" Daniels has been a city and suburban classroom teacher and a college professor, and now works as a national consultant and author on literacy education. In language arts, Smokey is known for his pioneering work on student book clubs, as recounted in Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups, and Minilessons for Literature Circles. His latest bestselling books on content-area literacy are The Curious Classroom; Comprehension & Collaboration, Second Edition; Upstanders; Subjects Matter, Second Edition; the Texts and Lessons series; and Content-Area Writing. He is also coauthor of Best Practice, Fourth Edition, and The Best Practice Video Companion as well as editor of Comprehension Going Forward.
Cornelius Minor is a frequent keynote speaker for and Lead Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. In that capacity, he works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support deep and wide literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. Whether working with teachers and young people in Singapore, Seattle, or New York City, Cornelius always uses his love for technology, hip-hop, and social media to recruit students’ engagement in reading and writing and teachers’ engagement in communities of practice. As a staff developer, Cornelius draws not only on his years teaching middle school in the Bronx and Brooklyn, but also on time spent skateboarding, shooting hoops, and working with young people.
Gravity is an educational consultant, author and founder of Gravity Goldberg, LLC. While based in the New York / New Jersey metro area, Gravity supports school districts across the country. She specializes in literacy, special education, curriculum, assessment, and learning with technology. Her work ranges from demonstrating lessons and leading workshops on balanced literacy to working with administrators developing curriculum and customizing professional development programs. She works in classrooms from pre-kindergarten through college and in a variety of settings, both urban and suburban.
Messages From the Field: Acts of Rebellion
I had the privilege of hearing Penny Kittle at last summer's North Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts Conference where she said: “Good teaching is an act of rebellion.” I agree. I don’t believe she meant going against board or district policy. Instead, Penny is referring to those teachers and administrators who dare to go against the status quo.
It’s the high school English teachers who understand that they teach literacy-not literature. These rebels give control to their students by foregoing the “altogether now” class novel for student choice. They recognize that typical high school ELA practices commit what Kelly Gallagher calls “readicide,” and it is only when we stop meddling with students’ reading lives that we begin to develop life-long readers and thinkers.
By the way...did you know that Nathaniel Hawthorne didn’t write the Scarlet Letter for a teen audience?
It’s the principals who shake up grading systems in order to change mindsets from “It’s about the grade,” to “It’s about the learning.” Didn’t learn it the first time? We’ll reteach it until you do! Making this change takes courage- there’s a mountain of thinking to be moved!
It’s the teachers who tweet about what’s going on in their classroom, even when their peers won’t. These tweeps recognize the value of deprivatizing our practice in order to learn from one another.
It’s the science and math teachers who help kids identify real-world problems, and let their students apply math and science in order to solve those problems. These rebels understand that learning isn’t for later...it’s for NOW!
Indeed, good teaching is an act of rebellion.
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- Presentations at conferences
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- Sound literacy practices
- Publications – writing about their work, sharing their work with the community
- Leadership in their district – writing curriculum, etc.
- Letters of recommendations that mention influence with other teachers, etc.
- Literacy focus
- Documentation of continual learning