The Elementary Experience
Teachers of our youngest students will find plenty to explore at #NCTE18. From incredible authors and illustrators to the leading experts and innovators in our field, every hour is packed with sessions designed just for you. And every session will find you sitting next to other teachers who are just as passionate about early literacy as you are.
WHAT KINDS OF SESSIONS CAN I ATTEND?
Over the course of the 2018 NCTE Annual Convention, there are more than 300 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:
- Using Diverse Literature to Promote Social Justice and Amplify Student Voices
- Voice, Vision, and Variety: Empowering Students with Innovative Nonfiction
- Growing Extraordinary Writers: Campuswide Writing Instruction K–5
- Literacy, Writing, and Math: Using Technology to Engage and Motivate Early Childhood Students
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 Dan Santat, winner of the 2018 Charlotte Huck Award, and Jason Chin, winner of the 2018 Orbis Pictus Award. The Children’s Literature Assembly hosts a popular breakfast where attendees get a free book by the keynote speakers, Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann. Many authors will be presenting on panels throughout the Convention and almost all do book signings in the Exhibit Hall.
WHAT IF I WORK IN EARLY CHILDHOOD? WILL THERE BE SOMETHING FOR ME?
Absolutely! 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 #NCTE18 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 learning about “funds of knowledge” with keynote speaker Luis C. Moll.
CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD LUNCHEON
Everyone gets a book and dines with an author. The 2019 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.
I love reconnecting at the Elementary Section Get-Together. Attending shows me that I’m not the only teacher engaging her students in critical, culturally sustaining inquiry; we are all across the nation. When I come back, I’m refueled and ready to try something I may have been hesitant about or deemed impossible before. It’s also one of the more racially diverse conferences I’ve been to, in both attendees and presenters. There is no other place like Convention.”
— Janelle Henderson, NCTE Elementary Section member