The College Experience
NCTE’s College Section represents a wide diversity of experiences, and our convention offerings reflect that variety. You’ll find sessions presented by leaders from our Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) that address issues pertinent to teaching first-year writing and assessment in composition courses. You’ll also find hundreds of sessions that are tailored to the needs of those who work in teacher education at the college level; these address teacher preparation across the preK–12 spectrum. If you happen to teach college English, you’ll be intrigued by a range of interesting sessions on literature. There’s truly something for everyone.
WHAT KINDS OF SESSIONS CAN I ATTEND?
Over the course of the Convention there are more than 250 sessions designated at the college level. Here are just a few of the topics:
- Voting Writes: Teaching about Voting in the Composition Classroom
- Literature Circles as Places of Inquiry in College-Level Content Classrooms
- Hip-Hop Ed Online: How Distance Learning Can Embrace Cultural Relevance in Its Writing Curriculum
WHAT ABOUT RESEARCH?
Each year the Annual Convention features a carefully selected set of sessions devoted entirely to current research in the field. Poster talks run every day and offer opportunities to talk one-on-one with researchers, and panel sessions bring together different perspectives on critical issues. You will be able to search the Research Strand on our online program to explore more than 170 sessions.
I’M A TEACHER EDUCATOR— ARE THERE SESSIONS FOR ME?
The English Language Arts Teacher Educators (ELATE—formerly the Conference on English Education) puts together a special program with more than 400 sessions for those who are engaged in the preparation, support, and continuing education of teachers of English language arts/literacy. You can attend large roundtable sessions and meet dozens of people who have come to share their research, as well as smaller, more focused sessions on current issues in the field. Here is a sample of the topics that are covered:
- Constructive Coaching Conversations
- Democratizing Knowledge: Teacher Inquiry as Public Scholarship
- Considering Fences: Wonderings about Race and Appropriation in the Classroom
- Critical Media Literacy in English Education
3 COLLEGE FAVORITES:
FEATURED COLLEGE SESSIONS
The College Section has designed special sessions that address current issues in the field that reverberate through our classrooms.
Celebrate the accomplishments of ELATE (English Language Arts Teacher Educators) members via an awards ceremony and enjoy an incredible keynote by author Rainbow Rowell.
This is an immersive learning experience for college teachers that will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Saturday. The event will feature an awards presentation, a keynote address from Amanda Licastro, who teaches at Stevenson University and specializes in digital rhetoric. She will lead a hands-on workshop in which participants will explore the role virtual reality can play in their instruction.
Note: Participants will need a smart phone to use the Google Cardboards (an iPad or laptop will not work). Attendees are invited to bring chargers and headphones, and are encouraged to download the NYTVR (New York Times Virtual Reality) app and the Lincoln in the Bardo video on that app in advance.
“There are a lotta good teachers in this nation, in this world. And why wouldn’t you want your teacher to learn from someone else, something that perhaps that teacher doesn’t even know is possible? And doesn’t even realize, ‘Wow, this is something that I never thought about in my class. And if I do these things that all these really wonderful teachers are doing, then maybe my students can get it just a little bit more too.’ Administrators need to send their teachers—full on send them, pay for them—so that their teachers can help their students.”
—Cheryl Hogue Smith, Two-Year College English Association Chair
“Coming to Convention is about learning what your colleagues are doing elsewhere and being pleasantly surprised that we’re doing the same thing or we’re facing the same issues and struggles and we can learn from one another how to overcome those, as well as being delightfully surprised at ‘Oh, I’ve never considered doing it that way’ and begging, borrowing, and stealing others’ ideas on how to teach reading and writing and student self-awareness.”
—Shelley Rodrigo, College Section Chair
“Whether you work at a bigger school or a smaller school, you can find a group of peers at NCTE that are going to push you to be better, and they’re going to push you to do more for your students in smarter ways than what you’re otherwise probably going to find.”
—Christian Z. Goering, ELATE Chair