The First Chapter
The Secondary Experience
Whether your love of teaching English resides in Shakespeare, writing for civic action, building a YA library for choice reading, or innovations in grammar instruction, this Convention has you covered. NCTE’s Secondary Section has a long history of filling the program with the best professional development you’ll ever find and a giant network of colleagues who will become an inspiration for you all year long.
WHAT KINDS OF SESSIONS CAN I ATTEND?
Over the course of the Convention, there are more than 300 sessions designated at the
secondary level. Here are just a few of the topics that will be offered:
- Standards-Based Grading in the Contemporary Classroom
- Bringing College to High School Lessons from College Today
- Shakespeare Whispers in Your Ear Using Folio Technique to Promote Student Engagement from Fluent to Struggling Readers
- Hamilton, Hurston, Heck Tate & Hurricane Katrina Exploring Text-Based Grammar Study
- Learning from Poems How Studying Poetry Can Strengthen Writing in All Genres
WHO WILL BE THERE?
This year secondary teachers will delight in the fact that three of the featured keynotes for the Convention are popular authors with high school students: Jacqueline Woodson, Gareth Hinds, and Jimmy Santiago Baca.
I’M A SCHOOL PRINCIPAL—ARE THERE SESSIONS FOR ME?
This Convention is rich with learning experiences for everyone who supports literacy learning both in and outside the school, but if you’re an instructional leader searching for the maximum learning experience, you’ll also want to take advantage of NCTE’s Conference on English Leadership (CEL). CEL hosts a Friday session, “Choosing Great Books: Texts That Teach Life & Literacy Lessons,” that introduces a process for guiding teachers in selecting books for classroom libraries and designing curriculum that includes diverse texts. Learn more about CEL’s Convention (November 19–20).
3 SECONDARY FAVORITES:
SECONDARY SECTION GET-TOGETHER
Gather with hundreds of other secondary teachers to kick off the Convention in this opening session that features motivating speakers, a welcoming community, and refreshments!
HIGH SCHOOL MATTERS
A bonanza for teaching ideas and the sharing of great innovations, this popular double session features a room full of roundtables, each hosted by an English expert who meets with attendees in small groups to share resources and strategies.
Daniel José Older, composer and author of the Shadowshaper Cypher series, will keynote this event—and it’s also a chance to celebrate the work of secondary teachers through an annual awards presentation.