The Elementary Experience
Teachers of our youngest students will find plenty to explore at #NCTE19. 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 2019 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:
- Your Story, My Story, Our Story: Picture Books to Explore Community
- Beyond Pro and Con: An Inquiry into Upper Elementary Argument Writing
- Story to STEM: Turning Gears in the Minds of Children
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 #NCTE19 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. Speakers will include Vivian Vasquez, winner of the 2019 Outstanding Elementary Educator Award.
CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD LUNCHEON
Everyone gets a book and dines with an author. The 2020 award winners will be announced live, and the 2019 winners will speak.
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE ASSEMBLY BREAKFAST
Beloved author Yuyi Morales is the keynote speaker, and all attendees get copies of a book by her.
“In making the case to administrators as to why teachers should not just be allowed but be encouraged to go to the Convention, it is the professional development. It is the best professional development because it is chosen by the teachers, and choice matters in learning.”
—Deborah MacPhee, WLU President-Elect
“I look forward to the Convention every year, it’s almost my vacation from my real life. I look forward to meeting with other teachers from across the United States and really from all over the world. I look forward to learning from them as well as from the authors that I am reading with my students. It’s a way for me to charge my batteries.”
—Jessica Martell, Elementary Representative-at-Large