The Secondary Experience
NCTE’s Secondary Section has filled the program with the best professional learning you’ll ever find and a giant network of colleagues who you’ll want to keep connected to all year long. Whether you love teaching poetry, the Bard, critical literacy, choice reading, disciplinary writing, or some other specialty of grades 9–12, this Convention has you covered.
WHAT KINDS OF SESSIONS CAN I ATTEND?
Over the course of the Convention there are more than 500 sessions designated at the secondary level. Here are just a few of the topics that will be offered:
- YA and the Arts: How Teen Fiction Can Inspire a New Generation of Artists, Musicians, and Filmmakers
- Writing Ourselves: Ideas for Bridging the Gap between High School and College Writing
- Student Voice, Digital Literacy, and Shakespeare: Bringing the Bard into the 21st Century
- Gatsby, A Raisin in the Sun, and Inequality Today: Nurturing Student Voices about Equity and Justice
WHO WILL BE THERE?
Many of the keynote speakers, like Elizabeth Acevedo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Nina LaCour, are popular with high school students; YA lit authors are featured in sessions every hour of the Convention. Additionally we have education advocates who have been influential in the secondary space joining us this year, including #HipHopEd creator Christopher Emdin.
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). Learn more about CEL’s Convention (November 18–20).
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 a welcoming community, a keynote address from Daniel José Older, 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.
José Luis Vilson, math educator, blogger, and activist, will keynote this meal. It’s also a great place to celebrate the work of secondary teachers through an annual awards presentation.
“For me, coming to the Convention every year is almost like a professional family reunion. I can’t wait to see everybody there. I know our teachers are going to have a phenomenal experience this year.
As the Secondary Section Steering Committee, we’re actually sponsoring six sessions. In those sessions we’re going to be talking about self-care, we’re going to be talking about technology, we’re going to be talking about policy and advocacy. We have some phenomenal speakers lined up.
In this day and age it’s important to be in charge of your own growth as a professional. There’s no better way to do that and stay on the top of your game than to join us in Houston this November.”
—Shekema Silveri, Secondary Section Chair