The First Chapter
The Elementary Experience
If you work at the elementary level, you will be inspired by all the experiences #NCTE17 has cultivated for teachers of our youngest students. You’ll meet incredible authors and illustrators, learn from experts and innovators in our field, and share life-changing conversations with teachers who are passionate about early literacy.
WHAT KINDS OF SESSIONS CAN I ATTEND?
Over the course of the 2017 NCTE Annual Convention, there are more than 150 sessions designated at the elementary level, but you might be surprised at the ideas you can glean from sessions at EVERY level. Here are just a few of the topics:
- PreK Stories Young Children as Authors
- Responsive Teaching The Best Lesson Plan Is the Student Sitting Right in Front of You!
- Crossing Literacy Bridges Strategies for Recapturing Family Voices
- Mirrors and Windows Books as Tools for Building Classroom Empathy
WHO WILL BE THERE?
Each year more than 250 authors attend the Convention to give presentations, meet teachers, and sign books! This year will include Jason Reynolds, winner of the 2017 Charlotte Huck Award, and Melissa Sweet, winner of the 2017 Orbis Pictus Award. The Children’s Literature Assembly hosts a popular breakfast where attendees get a free book by the keynote speaker, Kevin Henkes. Impress your students with all the author signatures and stories you collect!
WHAT IF I WORK IN EARLY CHILDHOOD? WILL THERE BE SOMETHING FOR ME?
Indeed! The latest and greatest in early literacy education can be found at the “Day of Early Childhood” on Saturday. These sessions are specially curated by the Early Childhood Education Assembly of NCTE and focus specifically on issues and strategies for teaching and advocating for preschool and early elementary–age children.
WHOLE LANGUAGE UMBRELLA
There’s a strand of sessions at #NCTE17 built around whole language theory, research, and pedagogy. Meet the founders of the whole language movement and learn about what this approach to language learning looks like in today’s classrooms.
3 ELEMENTARY FAVORITES:
ELEMENTARY SECTION GET-TOGETHER
Meet NCTE’s elected leaders who represent the Elementary Section, network with educators from across the country, and snack on hors d’oeuvres while listening to exciting keynotes.
CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD LUNCHEON
Everyone gets a book and dines with an author. The 2018 award winners will be announced live.
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE ASSEMBLY BREAKFAST
A beloved author keynotes, and all attendees get copies of a book by that author.