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2018 KCTE Conference

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Registration is Open!

The Kentucky Council of Teachers of English is now accepting registrations for the 2018 Conference. We are offering innovative presentations that will re-energize educational professionals to make positive change in their classrooms, schools, and districts. Here are the details:

What: KCTE Conference

When: Friday, February 23 & Saturday, February 24, 2018


  • Registration opens at 5 pm
  • Session begins at 6:30 with Commissioner Pruitt
  • Workshop: Kim Strobel, The Science of Happiness


  • Registration opens at 7:30 am
  • Opening session begins at 8:30 am; EdSpire - Mike Paul
  • Concurrent sessions (50 minutes each) 9:00 am - 3:50 pm
  • Lunch: 12:00, fully catered
  • Networking Social: 1:15 pm - 1:55 pm with give-aways
  • Conference ends at 4:00 pm
  • Vendors & Authors set up all day

Where: Embassy Suites Lexington; make hotel reservations ASAP here

Theme: The Power of Engagement

Conference Registration: Register directly from this link

KCTE Membership: Join or renew here

Here's the Gist

Conference Strands

  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • Secondary
  • All Grades, including college
  • Writing Project Fellows
  • Pre-Service Teachers

Session Titles (changes are made in real time)

  • Layering Reading and Writing: Eating Bugs!
  • Pushing your Intermediate High Potential Learners with Technology
  • What’s the Big Idea: Growing Independent Readers Through Writing
  • Tell It to the Judge: Using People’s Court to Engage Students in Argument
  • More Than an Activity: Designing ELA Classrooms for Responsive Teaching and Student Success
  • No...It's Not the End!
  • Routine Argument Writing
  • Research-Based Argument Writing
  • Using Mindfulness to Harness the Power of Engagement
  • Building a Movement: Bringing Social Activism into the Classroom
  • Petrarchan Romance and Education: Engaging Students in Reading
  • Metaphorical Thinking
  • Writing Beyond the Essay: Engaging Students in Multi-modal Composition
  • Teaching Argumentative Writing in Culturally Relevant Ways
  • Reading Like a Screenwriter: What Film Can Teach Us About Story Structure
  • Blended Learning
  • The Beginning of the End-of-Course: Instructional Strategies for the New English II EOC Field Test
  • Keep Calm and PBL: Hands-on Learning for the 21st Century ELA Student
  • Engaging Students with Writing Mini-Units
  • Engaging Language Arts Students Through Technology With Nearpod
  • TOOLS To Maximize Teaching = TOOLS for Time To Teach
  • The Power of Vocabulary
  • Increasing Student Engagement Through High-Quality Diverse Children’s Literature
  • Strengthening Close Reading - A Process
  • PBL: A Beginner's Guide to Cross Curricular Project Planning
  • How Implicit Biases Affect The K-12 Classroom
  • Throw the Reading Logs Away: How to hold students accountable and celebrate reading. For real.
  • Fact or Faked: Teaching Credibility of Sources
  • Tech Tools for the ELA classroom
  • Transliteracy: (re)Writing your students’ literacy journey
  • Increasing Student Engagement with Performance-Based Learning
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award Program: A Partnership between Librarians and Teachers for All Kentucky Children
  • Fostering Literacy & Engaging Students Beyond the Classroom
  • Live Action: A High Yield, High Impact Strategy that Works

In addition, the following featured speakers will offer sessions on student and teacher engagement:

  • Dr. Stephen Pruitt - Friday Evening Keynote
  • Kim Strobel - Friday Evening EdSpire Talk and One-Hour Workshop on Happiness
  • Dr. Brenda Overturf - Saturday Morning Session & Book Sales (Vocabularians & Word Nerds)
  • Mike Paul - Saturday Morning EdSpire Talk and Saturday Morning Session



  • Wonderopolis
  • Academic Edge
  • Hope Street Group
  • Kentucky Reading Association
  • Collaborative Center for Literacy
  • Usborne Books and More
  • Sevenzo
  • Texthelp
  • D’s Purses & Accessories
  • Lemongrass Spa
  • Wild Fig Books
  • 1Vision
  • Essentials in Education
  • Curriculum Associates


  • Michael Crisp
  • Nancy Kelly Allen
  • Michael Embry
  • Steve Flairty
  • Linda Penn
  • Frank Feger
  • Rebecca Monhollon
  • Brenda Overturf
  • David Wolfford

About Us

The Kentucky Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts, Inc. is an incorporated non-profit, service organization for Kentucky English and Language Arts teachers of all levels (Kindergarten-Graduate School). Membership dues and conference registrations support our journal, The Kentucky English Bulletin, our newsletter, the annual conference, the student writing contest, and the grants and awards we present to deserving educators in the ELA field. The over 200 members of KCTE/LA create a vibrant organization which has been recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English as one of the more active state affiliates.