NTCTELA Conference June 10, 2016

A Day of Incredible Learning

Equity, Agency, and the Art of Language

NTCTELA strives to bring you the leaders of literacy each year at our annual conference while keeping the cost low to our members. Just a reminder that registration is open for our great one-day conference on June 10, 2016.


We've got a fantastic line up of speakers, including Cris Tovani, high school reading specialist; Nancy Motley, ELL specialist, Mark Overmeyer, elementary and middle school writer's workshop expert, Aimee Buckner, writer's notebook expert, and Lester Laminack, expert at most everything regarding literacy education!

We hope you will join us as we meet together to learn, grow, and network as ELA educators.


Educators $85 and Student Teachers $45


You'll also want to nominate yourself or a colleague for the prestigious Teacher of Excellence Awards. You know you deserve it!

NTCTELA Annual Conference

Friday, June 10th, 7:30am

1601 Campus Drive

Hurst, TX

Lester Laminack

Lester is an author of children's books as well as professional books. Lester is an engaging speaker that will inspire you to read like a writer.
Writers ARE Readers: Plot Opportunities

Nancy Motley- ELL Expert


Nancy is the author of Talk, Read, Talk, Write: A Practical Approach to Learning in the Secondary Classroom. She is also the co-author of The Diverse Learner Flip Book, and has developed a variety of training sessions in thinking strategies, vocabulary development, non-fiction reading and writing, and ELPS implementation. Nancy’s previous educational roles included: classroom teacher, reading specialist, intervention program coordinator, professional development instructor, and curriculum developer.


Because of her dynamic approach to teaching and learning, she was awarded the Alief Independent School District's Teacher of the Year Award in 2003. While in Alief I.S.D., she specialized in increasing student achievement for a variety of special populations, including English Language Learners and students with Dyslexia.


Nancy Motley. (n.d.). Retrieved February 11, 2016, from http://www.seidlitzeducation.com/nancy-motley.html

Mark Overmeyer

A writing workshop expert specializing in conferring with student writers.
Mark Overmeyer: Let's Talk

Cris Tovani

Cris Tovani taught elementary school for ten years before becoming a high school reading specialist and English teacher. A nationally known consultant, she chooses to continue teaching high school students full-time. She has also worked for many years as a staff developer for the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC), the consortium that has received national acclaim for its work in reading comprehension reform. In addition to teaching and consulting, she has served as an adjunct instructor for the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Denver.

Cris has authored the books; “I Read It, but I Don’t Get It” (Stenhouse 2000), “Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?” (Stenhouse 2004), and the videotape sets; “Thoughtful Reading” (Stenhouse 2003) and “Comprehending Content” (Stenhouse 2004).

Welcome to the Tovani Group. (n.d.). Retrieved February 11, 2016, from http://tovanigroup.com/

Cris Tovani: Talk to Me

Aimee Buckner

Aimee has been in the teaching profession for over 18 years. She has taught upper elementary and middle school students. Aimee also has facilitated groups for various writing institutes for teachers and students of grades K-12. Aimee speaks professionally at state and national conferences, as well as within school districts. Aimee contributes to the website Choice Literacy with a focus on writing notebooks. Aimee's books Notebook Know-How and Notebook Connections are both available through Stenhouse, as is her video Inside Notebooks.


Contributor: Aimee Buckner. (n.d.). Retrieved February 11, 2016, from https://www.choiceliteracy.com/contributors-bio.php?id=14

Inside Notebooks