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Thursday, October 17
 

4:30pm EDT

Pre-Conference Workshop
Re-imagining the ELA with Creative Non-Fiction:Igniting Students’ Passions and Creativity Through the Collage Essay
For this year’s pre-conference workshop, we will take participants into a “deep dive” into the compelling non-fiction genre of the Collage Essay. In a collage essay, says Peter Elbow, “you try to give your reader an experience of what you are saying rather than an explanation of it” (Writing with Power, 1998). Richard Nordquist explains the Collage Essay in a March 2018 post on ThoughtCo.com. “To use collage as a writer,” says Shara McCallum, “is to map onto your essay . . . the semblance of continuities and discontinuities associated with the art form” (in Now Write! ed. by Sherry Ellis).

We will spend the evening discussing several powerful models and examples of Collage Essays. Our presenters will share their own Collage Essays, samples of students’ Collage Essays, models from classic authors (E. B. White, George Orwell, Annie Dillard, H.L. Mencken), as well as YA texts like Animals by Don Le Pan and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Participants will be invited to begin planning their own Collage Essay. Teachers are invited to bring their own personal journals, composing devices, along with photo and quote collections.

As David Shields notes in Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, “The very nature of collage demands fragmented materials, or at least materials yanked out of context. Collage is, in a way, only an accentuated act of editing: picking through options and presenting a new arrangement….The act of editing may be the key postmodern artistic instrument….”(Knopf, 2010, p. 349).

Three experienced MCTE teachers, from three diverse Michigan communities, will lead this year’s pre-conference session.

Please join Toby Kahn-Loftus, North Central Michigan College, Jim Kroll, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, and Danielle Marsh, Shepherd Public Schools, as they dive into the inspiring possibilities of creative non-fiction through composing Collage Essays.

Presenters
avatar for Jim Kroll

Jim Kroll

Executive Director, MCTE
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Danielle Marsh

English Teacher, Shepherd High School
I am a high school English teacher. at Shepherd High School, the Secondary Chair of MCTE and a Past President of MCTE, as well as a Teacher Consultant with the National Writing Project (Red Cedar Writing Project.


Thursday October 17, 2019 4:30pm - 7:15pm EDT
Corniche Room
 
Friday, October 18
 

8:00am EDT

MCTE Awards
Join us for a continental breakfast and the recognition of MCTE's award winners for 2019!

Friday October 18, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am EDT
Big Ten Room A

9:00am EDT

Access to Books: Game Changer for Kids
Children with meaningful access to books achieve at higher levels and experience greater engagement with reading. In this session, examine the current research on book access in schools, libraries, and homes; discuss intellectual and cultural access concerns like diversity and leveling, and explore resources and strategies for developing and sustaining high-quality classroom library collections that support students’ reading lives.

Presenters
avatar for Donalyn Miller

Donalyn Miller

Book Whisperer, Bookwhisperer, Inc.
Donalyn Miller has worked with a wide variety of upper elementary and middle school students and currently teaches fifth grade at O.A. Peterson Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas.  In her popular book, The Book Whisperer, Donalyn reflects on her journey to become a reading teacher and... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Big Ten Room A

10:00am EDT

Books for a Better World 2019
Reading offers validation for our experiences and fosters empathy and awareness of others who have different experiences than ours. In this session, Donalyn Miller will booktalk new(ish) children’s and young adult books offering a wide variety of perspectives, voices, formats, and provide resources and suggestions for sharing these books with young readers.



Presenters
avatar for Donalyn Miller

Donalyn Miller

Book Whisperer, Bookwhisperer, Inc.
Donalyn Miller has worked with a wide variety of upper elementary and middle school students and currently teaches fifth grade at O.A. Peterson Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas.  In her popular book, The Book Whisperer, Donalyn reflects on her journey to become a reading teacher and... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Big Ten Room A

10:00am EDT

Building the Capacity, Network, and Support for Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Equity (dije) Work in Your Classrooms and in MCTE
How can MCTE support diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity (dije) work that you do and want to do in your English classroom? Join the new MCTE dije chair as she hosts a conversation to brainstorm, build, and bolster your dije work; network with other teachers; and organize for action.

Presenters
avatar for Naitnaphit Limlamai

Naitnaphit Limlamai

University of Michigan



Friday October 18, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Heritage Room

10:00am EDT

Navigating the Joyful Teacher Preparation Journey
In this session, participants will learn about proposed Michigan teacher preparation standards in English language arts for 5-9 and 7-12 grade bands. Participants will have an opportunity to review and provide feedback on the proposed standards.

Presenters
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Sean Kottke

Education Consultant, Michigan Department of Education
avatar for Ann Burke

Ann Burke

Talk to me about K12/College Connections, English Education, and Writing Pedagogy!


Friday October 18, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Room 106

10:00am EDT

Creating Confident Writers: Motivation, Momentum, and Moving Toward College-Level Writing
When their voices are valued, student writers explore more, share more, and gain confidence along the way. Leaning on the “Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing” we situate promising writing habits within an inquiry-based classroom, exploring possibilities with reader response blogs, multimodal mentor texts, and Pecha Kucha-style talks.

Presenters
avatar for Andy Schoenborn

Andy Schoenborn

Teacher, Mount Pleasant Public Schools
Andy Schoenborn is a high school English teacher and award-winning author at Mt. Pleasant Public Schools in Michigan. He focuses his work on facilitating promising writing practices, encouraging teacher-writers, and professional development. As an advocate for teaching, he welcomes... Read More →
avatar for Troy Hicks

Troy Hicks

Professor, Central Michigan University
Dr. Troy Hicks is a professor of English at Central Michigan University and focuses his work on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, and teacher education and professional development. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K–12 colleagues and explores... Read More →



Friday October 18, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Room 110

10:00am EDT

Poetry in the Secondary Classroom: Using Poetry as an Anchor Text to Teach Close Analysis Strategies
This presentation will offer teachers strategies to help students (re)discover an appreciation of poetry and understand its essential place in the secondary classroom. Participants will practice some of the strategies and will be given ideas for incorporating both the reading and writing of poetry into their classrooms.

Presenters
avatar for Kathleen Hoerauf

Kathleen Hoerauf

French/English Teacher, Hartland High School
I have been teaching English and French for 14 years and have been an AP Literature teacher for 9 years. I am passionate about the teaching of literature, particularly poetry. I am excited to share my passion with you!



Friday October 18, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Room 107

10:00am EDT

Holocaust & Genocide Education in the ELA Classroom
Our goal will be to share important context for E/LA teachers who teach about the Holocaust/genocide or literature based in or on the history of the Holocaust/genocide, strategies that represent best instructional practices in an E/LA classroom, and resources developed for teachers by The Michigan Governor's Council on Genocide and Holocaust Education, a 2-year project (2017-2019) to support Public Act 170 of 2016 that mandates Holocaust and Genocide education in Michigan schools. John and I were both involved in this work, and we are the primary authors of the curricular materials that will be made available this fall at the MHGE website.


Friday October 18, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Room 103AB

10:00am EDT

Traveling Together Through Hybrid Approaches in ELA Teacher Education
This session traces two teacher educators’ processes for re-envisioning courses to include hybrid modes of learning and for designing courses in online spaces. This interactive, discussion-based session offers their reflections on this process, and shares considerations for designing hybrid activities and courses for prospective teachers, as well as sample assignments from their courses.

Presenters
avatar for Kristin Sovis

Kristin Sovis

Lecturer, Central Michigan University
I teach elementary and middle school methods courses at Central Michigan University, and love talking teaching with pre-service, practicing, and retired teachers. Professional collaboration sustains and motivates me in my own approaches and practices, and I look forward to learning... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Stearns-Pfeiffer

Amanda Stearns-Pfeiffer

Associate Professor, Oakland University
I teach English teaching methods courses at Oakland University. Talk to me about teaching methods courses, teaching writing/reading strategies, becoming an editor of a journal, getting published in a journal, and anything English education-related!



Friday October 18, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Room 62

10:00am EDT

Firm Foundations: A Three-Step Process for Strengthening Book Club Conversations
This presentation shares an approach for supporting book club discussions in a way that promotes joy and community while fostering deep discussion. Participants will learn about a three-step approach that helps build student independence to minimize common challenges that arise in book clubs, resulting in improved comprehension and motivation.

Presenters
avatar for Christopher Working

Christopher Working

K-4 Literacy Coach, Mary A. White Elementary School
KE

Kara Endsley

K-4 Literacy Coach


Friday October 18, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Room 61

10:00am EDT

Journals for Building Literacy: How to Build a Language Standard Resource to Keep Students Organized and Engaged.”
Students learn better when they are presented with model text and if they stay organized in a way that allows them to review materials covered in all content areas. Building these journals helps keep students organized, engages them with what they are learning, and allows for easy review of content taught.

Presenters
avatar for Laura Krzyzaniak

Laura Krzyzaniak

6th Grade English, Clinton Middle School
This is my 28th year of teaching and my 20th teaching middle school English. The school where I teach is a 1/1 school using Chromebooks. We have been doing this for a few years now and it has changed so much about my job.I am the author of two books. My first book was a biography... Read More →
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Kim Phillip

7th grade teacher, Clinton Community Schools
I am currently in my 14th year of teaching. My career is unique because I have taught 12 years in the elementary (1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades) and am in just my second year in the middle school teaching 7th grade English. I feel passionate about using journals in the classroom... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Michigamme Room

11:00am EDT

Amplifying and Celebrating LGBTQ+ Voices
Have you ever wondered how to create welcoming and inclusive spaces for all students, especially those who may be LGBTQ+? Come and explore ways that stories and the narrative voice play a powerful role in this work. Increase awareness and sensitivity as you change hearts and minds for everyone’s benefit. Here's the link to the presentation. 
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1w7GJW2bELrKgeR-cEemT5zzyBFBNDx4U-OAaz-OUDd4/edit?usp=sharing

Presenters
avatar for Rick Joseph

Rick Joseph

5/6 Teacher, Covington School
Rick Joseph is a National Board Certified Teacher and has taught 5th and 6th grade at Covington School in suburban Detroit since 2003. He previously served as a bilingual educator (Spanish) and trainer for nine years in the Chicago Public Schools. Rick has a bachelor's degree in English... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Room 62

11:00am EDT

Antiracist Literature Instruction: Using Familiar Tools of Unit Design to Teach for Racial Literacy
After a brief introduction to racial literacy and antiracist literature instruction, the presenter will explain how to use familiar principles of backward design to articulate racial literacy objectives for literature-based units; design summative assessments to evaluate racial literacy growth, and design formative assessments to scaffold students’ understanding of key race-related concepts.

Presenters
avatar for Carlin Borsheim-Black

Carlin Borsheim-Black

Associate Professor, Central Michigan University



Friday October 18, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Room 103AB

11:00am EDT

Young People Lead the Way on the Climate Crisis
English is the place to address the climate crisis, questions of social impacts and climate justice. Use literature you already teach, as well as new cli-fi short stories and film, creative and persuasive writing, and informational texts. Young people, such as Greta Thunberg, are showing us the way to make a difference.

Presenters
avatar for Allen Webb

Allen Webb

MCEE Co-Chair, Western Michigan University
Former high school English teacher in Oregon, currently professor of English education at Western Michigan. I am interested in critical pedagogy, developing meaningful curriculum, and, recently, in how we teach about the climate crisis in English.


Friday October 18, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Room 106

11:00am EDT

Exploring Real Struggles through Fictional Characters: Mental Health Literacy and English Teacher Preparation
Mental health literacy is an important component of teacher preparation that is severely lacking. Participants in this session will learn to recognize symptoms of mental illness and use literature to help students identify stigmatizing language, empathize with fictional characters, and know how to reach out for assistance for themselves or others.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Kia Jane Richmond

Dr. Kia Jane Richmond

Professor and Director, English Education, Northern Michigan University
Dr. Kia Jane Richmond is in her eighteenth year as an English department faculty member at NMU. Serving as the Director of the English Education program at NMU, Kia primarily teaches courses in English methods and young adult literature, and serves as the university supervisor for... Read More →



Friday October 18, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Heritage Room

11:00am EDT

Flipgrid Book Clubs: Igniting Conversations around Social Justice Themes in YA Novels
This session describes book clubs that engaged 8th graders and English pre-student teachers in conversations around challenging social issues. Join us in exploring how to organize, orchestrate, and facilitate book clubs to promote perspective-taking, empathy, and bias-awareness; sustain engagement and safety; and maximize the digital platform Flipgrid.

Presenters
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Amy Carpenter Ford

Caentral Michigan University
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Tyler Judd

Harrison Middle School


Friday October 18, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Room 107

11:00am EDT

Language Arts Opportunities through Michigan Humanities: Poetry Out Loud & Great Michigan Read
Curious about how your students can be part of Michigan Humanities' Poetry Out Loud or Great Michigan Read programs? This session will provide an overview of both, feature educator and student perspectives, and equip attendees with the resources needed to take part in a statewide language arts program that supports educators' teaching goals.

Presenters
avatar for Katie Wittenauer

Katie Wittenauer

Director of Programs, Michigan Humanities



Friday October 18, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Room 110

11:00am EDT

Using Read Alouds in the Elementary Classroom
In this session we will look at The Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Essential 2. We will learn about the benefits of reading aloud and how we use this practice to help develop skills and strategies that our students need as competent readers. We will discuss ways to enact this Essential into our daily practice.

Presenters
avatar for Kathleen K Plond

Kathleen K Plond

District Literacy Coach, Cornerstone Education Group
I am passionate about early literacy and how families create literacy! Talk to me about the Literacy Essentials and how teachers can use the Essential Practices in their daily work.



Friday October 18, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Room 61

11:00am EDT

Creative Collaborations: Using Ferris State University Museums to Inspire Creative Writing and Develop Language Skills
Collaboration, learning, and opportunity are three of Ferris State University’s core values. In this session you will learn how Ferris is enacting those values through creative collaborations. Carrie Weis, Director of Museums & Galleries at Ferris will talk about past collaborations and a new program being rolled out this fall. The Language Artists program designed by the Grand Rapids Art Museum will be rolled out this fall with the goal of integrating literacy and the visual arts for third graders in local school systems. This program partners with the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District, Ferris State University museums, the Big Rapids Public Library, and Artworks. This session will also share information about facilities available at Ferris State University for you and your school system.

Presenters
avatar for Carrie Weis

Carrie Weis

Museum & Gallery Director, Ferris State University
I am passionate about learning! I am an artist and a writer, an educator and a lifelong student. As the director at FSU it has been my honor to collaborate and share our facilities with students, educators, and the community. Talk to me about art, books, music, learning, museums and... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Michigamme Room

11:00am EDT

“How long does it have to be to get an A?” Going Gradeless in the High School Classroom
Tired of this question? Looking for ways to reinvigorate learning and facilitate growth? In this session, two HS ELA teachers will discuss how they ditched grades for a term, set up a gradeless classroom, and got buy-in. They will frankly discuss what worked, what didn’t, and the benefits they found in disrupting the traditional grades mindset.

Click here to view our slides for the session: bit.ly/2AaAOjQ

Presenters
avatar for Sharon Anne Murchie

Sharon Anne Murchie

Teacher, Bath High School
Blogging, gradeless classrooms, student choice and voice, genius hour, wine.
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Janet Neyer

Teacher, Cadillac High School
Talk to me about reading, writing, digital literacy, authentic audiences, the NWP, CRWP. MCTE, and NCTE!


Friday October 18, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Big Ten Room A

12:00pm EDT

Uncover Your Ears: When Youth Voice Is the Loudest in the Room (Luncheon Address)
There is no one way to create confident and aware beings. Why not let youth tell us what they need? We will journey through anecdotes of how creative outlets such as writing and performance have empowered Michigan students to set the agenda for their own social and emotional growth.

Presenters
avatar for Shawntai Brown

Shawntai Brown

Schools Coordinator, InsideOut Literary Arts
Shawntai Brown is a writer, literacy educator and teaching artist with a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Literacy Learning from Marygrove College. You can find her most recent poetry in Kaleidoscope, Cactus Heart, and Synaesthesia... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Big Ten Room A

1:40pm EDT

In Tune with Justice: Using Music to Explore History
Participants will experience tools for integrating protest music and writing to build interactive history and ELA lessons surrounding civil rights struggles for women, African Americans, Immigrants and LGBTQ folk.

Presenters
avatar for Shawntai Brown

Shawntai Brown

Schools Coordinator, InsideOut Literary Arts
Shawntai Brown is a writer, literacy educator and teaching artist with a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Literacy Learning from Marygrove College. You can find her most recent poetry in Kaleidoscope, Cactus Heart, and Synaesthesia... Read More →



Friday October 18, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm EDT
Big Ten Room A

1:40pm EDT

Effective Collaboration to Own, Invigorate, and Enrich Practice
Meaningful collaboration is a powerful vehicle to improve learning. Our team of English and Social Studies teachers navigated a yearlong collaboration rethinking argument writing through NWP’s College, Career, and Community Writers Program. We will showcase collaboration strategies, tools, and C3WP outcomes that allowed us to own and invigorate our practice.

Presenters
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Sarah Milarch

English Teacher, Charlotte High School
This is my 18th year at Charlotte High School, teaching primarily English 11 and Advanced Composition. I am on the building leadership team and mentor new teachers.
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Kristen Toadvine

Social Studies, English, Special Education Teacher, Charlotte High School
avatar for Sarah Rohlfs

Sarah Rohlfs

High School English Teacher, Charlotte High School
This is my 13th year teaching English at Charlotte High School, where I lead as the Language Arts Department Chair and currently teach English 10, Media as Literature, Drama, and AP Literature and Composition. I am also a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant and member of the... Read More →
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Becky Carter

Teacher, Charlotte High School



Friday October 18, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 110

1:40pm EDT

NWP’s Everyday Advocacy: Moving ELA Initiatives From Idea to Implementation
Everyday Advocacy, a National Writing Project advanced workshop, empowers literacy professionals with a framework designed to take initiatives from ideas to implementation. NWP Teacher Consultants from WMU’s Third Coast Writing Project and CMU’s Chippewa River Writing Project share how their collaboration with EMU’s Cathy Fleischer and the NWP’s Everyday Advocacy program developed a more thoughtful and strategic approach to effecting positive literacy initiatives from ideas to implementation. The advocacy process for literacy initiatives (e.g. plans to improve a high school’s reading culture, engaging community members in developing student writing identities) will be shared.

Link to slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1gqqdDXova5EsBV5wMUMVwUsYwtQVCamYLcxTZYgGw84/edit?usp=sharing

Presenters
avatar for Bryan Arbut

Bryan Arbut

ELA Teacher, St. Joseph High School
Bryan Arbut is a high school English teache at St. Joseph High School in St. Joseph, MI. His pedagogical interests center around improving long-term literacy outcomes for high school students. A former high school student who successfully fake read his way through high school, Mr... Read More →
avatar for Andy Schoenborn

Andy Schoenborn

Teacher, Mount Pleasant Public Schools
Andy Schoenborn is a high school English teacher and award-winning author at Mt. Pleasant Public Schools in Michigan. He focuses his work on facilitating promising writing practices, encouraging teacher-writers, and professional development. As an advocate for teaching, he welcomes... Read More →
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Jessica Sherburn

Rochester High School


Friday October 18, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 62

1:40pm EDT

Preparing Students to Complete Accuplacer's Reading and WritePlacer Assessments
At Oakland Community College (OCC), the migration to Accuplacer’s Next-Generation assessments made us re-imagine our mandatory placement practice. Envisioning student success, we created a data-driven online Reading and WritePlacer practice tool. Please join us as we share the whys, hows, and results of our placement practice site.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Davis

Kim Davis

Associate Dean, Oakland Community College



Friday October 18, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 106

1:40pm EDT

Beyond Choice: Relevance in the High School English Classroom
“When am I ever going to use this?!” This session focuses on ideas and strategies to help ALL students find relevance in the high school ELA curriculum, regardless of college or career plans. Session attendees will leave with resources and planning tools to integrate real-world relevance into current curricula.

Presenters
avatar for Christy Sener Townsend

Christy Sener Townsend

English Teacher, Springport Public Schools
I am in my fourth year teaching English and third year teaching at Springport High School. I currently teach 9th and 12th grade standard-track English, SAT Prep, and Yearbook. I am passionate about youth literacy and helping students in rural areas find their voices in a global s... Read More →



Friday October 18, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm EDT
Heritage Room

1:40pm EDT

Generating Curiosity and Fostering Confidence: Cross-Grade Student-Led Inquiry
This presentation shares a project used at the elementary level to build community around a shared literacy experience: Cross-grade level student-led inquiry groups. Participants will experience an inquiry cycle designed to generate curiosity and foster confidence in literacy, especially for our striving readers. Resources will be shared.

Presenters
avatar for Christopher Working

Christopher Working

K-4 Literacy Coach, Mary A. White Elementary School
KE

Kara Endsley

K-4 Literacy Coach


Friday October 18, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 103AB

1:40pm EDT

Re-imagining ELA Curriculum with Project Based Learning
The project-based curriculum has gained momentum in STEM programs and at the elementary level. What happens when we apply a project-based design to secondary ELA? In this session, you will learn about one teacher’s experience implementing a project-based curriculum and receive practical advice for giving your current curriculum a project-based overhaul.

Compose Our World Curriculum Link

https://sprocket.lucasedresearch.org/ela9



Presenters
avatar for Amanda Sauvie

Amanda Sauvie

Teacher, Carman-Ainsworth High School



Friday October 18, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm EDT
Michigamme Room

1:40pm EDT

Using Intertextuality to Disrupt Dominant Discourse
In this session, we will explore how to help students read across texts to make connections and think more critically about the social issues raised in the texts. Strategies include pairing complementary texts, such as informational genres, to add context to fiction, to shape understanding, and to disrupt problematic viewpoints.

Presenters
avatar for Christa Robinson

Christa Robinson

PhD Student, Michigan State University
I am a PhD student in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education and a Motherscholar at Michigan State University. My focal area is Race, Culture, and Equity in Education and I am pursuing an Urban Education certificate. I am researching multiracial students, their racial literacies... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 61

1:40pm EDT

Reading with Others in Mind: How Student Teachers Develop as Readers
This session presents research that suggests novice teachers’ reading of literature changes during student teaching: they begin to “read with others in mind”. In this interactive session, fellow educators are invited to explore this concept and how we might use it to help prepare novices for practice.

Presenters
avatar for Annie Blais

Annie Blais

ELA Specialist, Doctoral Candidate, Teachingworks/University of Michigan
Annie is a long-time high school English teacher, administrator, and teacher educator from Massachusetts. She now is a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan, and serves as an ELA specialist at Teachingworks. She is always ready to talk about teaching, teacher learning... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 107

2:40pm EDT

Fostering Habits of Mind and Preparing Students for College-Level Writing
The purpose of this session is to engage participants in interactive conversation around what it means for students to be prepared for college-level writing. In this session, we will identify ways in which teachers are already doing this work in their classrooms and ways in which they could further incorporate strategies for fostering students' habits of mind. We will use The Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing as a touchstone for our conversation.

Presenters
avatar for Ann Burke

Ann Burke

Talk to me about K12/College Connections, English Education, and Writing Pedagogy!



Friday October 18, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm EDT
Room 61

2:40pm EDT

Incorporating Art to Explain, Explore, and Extend the Study of Literature
Come see ways to incorporate art in upper or middle school English/Language Arts classes to prepare students to read and explore autobiographical and historical fiction, and to assess understanding of classical literature. In this interactive session, you can experience lessons yourself and see why these strategies are effective.

Presenters
avatar for Anna J. Small Roseboro

Anna J. Small Roseboro

Educator, Mentor and Author, Grand Rapids, Michigan Retired, Calvin University, GVSU,, The Bishop's School
Anna J. Small Roseboro, Past CATE President (2002-2004) NBCT, author and educator with decades experience teaching English and Speech to students in middle school, high school and college in public, private, and parochial schools in five states, now mentors NCTE teachers, in online... Read More →



Friday October 18, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm EDT
Room 110

2:40pm EDT

Joining Bright Eyes and Wise Hearts: Navigating the Joys (and Realities!) of the Journey into English Teaching
In this panel discussion, 2 first-year teachers, 2 veteran teachers, and 2 teacher researchers will provide a guided forum for dialogue and conversation on navigating the joys (and realities!) of the journey into and as an English teacher. Preservice and novice teachers welcome!

Presenters
avatar for Naitnaphit Limlamai

Naitnaphit Limlamai

University of Michigan
avatar for Danielle Marsh

Danielle Marsh

English Teacher, Shepherd High School
I am a high school English teacher. at Shepherd High School, the Secondary Chair of MCTE and a Past President of MCTE, as well as a Teacher Consultant with the National Writing Project (Red Cedar Writing Project.
avatar for Christina M. Ponzio

Christina M. Ponzio

PhD Candidate/Instructor, Michigan State University
I am a doctoral candidate in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education program at Michigan State University. My explorations exist within the ever-curious waters of translanguaging, critical multilingual awareness, and teacher identity. “Long before I wrote stories, I listened... Read More →
avatar for Michael Ziegler

Michael Ziegler

Novi HS Teacher and Content Area Leader, Novi High School
Find me on Twitter @ZigThinks



Friday October 18, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm EDT
Big Ten Room A

2:40pm EDT

Critical Inquiry Circles: Independent Reading and Writing with Critical Discussion
This panel’s presenters use critical inquiry circles as a framework for reading and writing at the secondary and early-college level. Presenters will share practical instructional examples of how these circles, built around small-group structured conversations, balance free choice and critical discussion to promote critical thinking through reading and writing.

Presenters
avatar for Steffany Comfort Maher, Ph.D.

Steffany Comfort Maher, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English Education, Indiana University Southeast



Friday October 18, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm EDT
Michigamme Room

2:40pm EDT

Providing Choice and Empowering Rural Students
"Books are a safe place to explore scary ideas."

As rural educators, we often experience students who have limited exposure to diverse authors, texts and topics in our classroom. This workshop will provide accessible texts to help our students navigate some of these real world topics through choice reading, workshop model, and student engagement in the secondary English classroom.

Join us to learn more about how to incorporate Choice Reading into your classroom, how to engage your students, and excite them about literature, and how to empower your students to make significant change in your school community through the power of literacy.  You'll walk out with strategies you can put into practice immediately, and an opportunity to share and celebrate the powerful work you're already doing!

Presenters
avatar for Emily Alt

Emily Alt

English Teacher, Teaching Saves Lives
Hello! I'm a 16th year NBCT English teacher and I work in a small, rural district in Northern Michigan. In addition to my time here, I've worked in Chicago Public Schools and Northview Public Schools. Currently I teach English 10, English 12 and Creative Writing, in addition to coordinating... Read More →



Friday October 18, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm EDT
Room 62

2:40pm EDT

Complicating the Canon with #TeachLiving Poets and Weekly Writing/ Sacred Spaces for Poetry in the Classroom
In this session, educators will explore contemporary poems with a focus on #teachlivingpoets using common strategies: annotation method, sentence summary, response, analysis, and remix, but with living poets that are accessible online. Educators will gain insight to living poets, poems, and successful lessons from high school classrooms across the country. / Inspired by the work of Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Tom Romano, and Georgia Heard, Andy creates spaces for creative writing in his classroom. Authentic audiences and publishing opportunities reignite a love for writing many students feared they have lost. Experience this writing space as we read, write, and share together.

Presenters
avatar for Carrie Mattern

Carrie Mattern

ELA 9 & 12, Carman-Ainsworth high school
Carrie Mattern is an anti-racist teacher recently named a CHOOSE Fellow by the NEA who has taught English in the "thumb" of Michigan, as well as in Saginaw and for the last thirteen years, Flint. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Saginaw Valley State University and is two classes... Read More →
avatar for Andy Schoenborn

Andy Schoenborn

Teacher, Mount Pleasant Public Schools
Andy Schoenborn is a high school English teacher and award-winning author at Mt. Pleasant Public Schools in Michigan. He focuses his work on facilitating promising writing practices, encouraging teacher-writers, and professional development. As an advocate for teaching, he welcomes... Read More →



Friday October 18, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm EDT
Room 103AB

2:40pm EDT

Formative Assessment W/ and W/O Technology
In this session, participants will experiment with engaging formative assessment strategies that are inspired by the technology our students already use. These strategies include Twitter, Instagram, and emoji adaptations that can be used with or without devices. Participants will consider how these low-stakes writing opportunities can support more nuanced and complex writing. 

Formative Assessment W/ And W/O Technology Presentation with Resources 

Presenters
avatar for Becky Schwartz

Becky Schwartz

High School Teacher, Springport Public Schools
I am a High School English and AP Computer Science Principles Teacher. I'm getting my Maser's degree in Instructional Technology from Saginaw Valley State University where I earned my undergraduate degree. When I'm no a teacher or a student, I like to cook, read, watch Netflix, and... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm EDT
Room 106

2:40pm EDT

I AM AN AUTHOR! Using Diverse Middle-Grade Mentor Texts to Empower Young Writers
Scream it from the rooftops! We want all students to say, “I AM AN AUTHOR!” Come explore how one sixth-grade teacher is using diverse middle-grade mentor texts to teach writer’s craft moves and deliver grammar instruction. This talk will feature an interactive slide presentation, handouts, student examples of mentor text writing at work, and a live sequence of a mentor text lesson in action. You will walk away feeling like this session not only promotes reading in the middle-grade classroom, but it shows how kids can “unlock” the books they read to be writers as well.

Presenters
avatar for Stephanie Hampton

Stephanie Hampton

Middle School ELA Teacher
Stephanie Hampton is a Middle School English Teacher and a teacher-blogger at www.writingmindset.org. She found a love of writing in the pages of poems as a kid and began to journal every day. As a Kalamazoo Promise graduate, she returned to teach in Kalamazoo Public Schools and has... Read More →



Friday October 18, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm EDT
Heritage Room

2:40pm EDT

The Research Paper They Want to Write (and You Want to Read)
The ways we teach the art of the research paper tend to be limited to tradition, with formulaic, expository, 3rd person, unbiased, (and unappealing) final products. But it doesn’t have to be this way. This session will present resources built to facilitate students’ reading of intriguing, high-quality modern informational texts and support students’ writing of intriguing, high-quality personal and evidence-based research papers.

Presenters
avatar for Sharon Anne Murchie

Sharon Anne Murchie

Teacher, Bath High School
Blogging, gradeless classrooms, student choice and voice, genius hour, wine.


Friday October 18, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm EDT
Room 107

3:40pm EDT

MCTE Membership Meeting
Presenters
avatar for Jim Kroll

Jim Kroll

Executive Director, MCTE


Friday October 18, 2019 3:40pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room 103AB