If you’ll be at the 2019 NCTE convention, stop by and see our stellar coaches! They’ll be showcasing their research, best practices, and passion at this year’s event, which takes place in Baltimore, MD. Read on for a preview of their presentations!
Dr. Adele Bruni Ashley
Teachers as Writers: Nurturing the Wanderings and the Wonderings
Saturday, November 23; 12:30pm - 1:45pm
It’s a basic tenet that teachers who teach writing need to write. But how might we create space for the wonderings and wanderings essential to writing? In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore what it means for educators to “just” write. Presenters will share research from a graduate course for pre-service teachers and a biannual writing retreat for practicing teachers, asking: what might happen if we decide that nurturing creativity and joy for teacher-writers isn’t optional? Through multimodal stations, participants will experience elements of both the writing course and retreat as they take up critical questions and issues of teacher-writers.
Stereotyping, Appropriation, and Imposition: Raising Race in Classrooms
Friday, November 22; 12:30pm - 1:45pm
When we incorporate drama in the English classroom, we often look to the maxim of Harper Lee’s Atticus Finch: "You never really understand a person...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." But can anyone “climb into” any character? When does an exercise in empathy become an act of appropriation? This presentation will share research from an English Education graduate course in which a scene work exercise with August Wilson’s Fences became a collective inquiry journey. This presentation will share artifacts of that journey—curated texts, discussion excerpts—and invite participants to join in considering these critical questions.
Roundtable: Daring to be Bold with the Arts and Inquiry
Thursday, November 21; 11:00am - 12:15pm
Alongside Dr. Adele Bruni Ashley
Pushing Forward: Methods for Advocacy of Teachers and Students
Saturday, November 23; 12:30 - 1:45pm
Katie will be participating on a panel where she'll share her research around dilemmas that PST ELA teachers experience while engaging with linguistically diverse students in their student teaching placement.
Cultivating Critical Reflection: (Re)Writing the Self Through Teacher Inquiry
Friday, November 22; 11:00am - 12:15pm
In this panel presentation, three early career English teacher educators will share the ways in which they are using written reflection to engage preservice and in-service teachers and nurture a spirit of teacher inquiry across a variety of contexts. Presenters will share experiences and ideas from professional development workshops and teacher education coursework. Participants will walk away with possibilities for their own approaches to mentoring preservice and inservice teachers and forging a community of practice grounded in teacher inquiry. A list of relevant texts and digital resources will be provided.