After all of the anticipation, NCTE 2014 is history. What an exciting, inspirational, and energizing time it was.
I stated on Thursday at an off-site session held at the Holocaust Museum. I had never been there so I was looking forward to it. About 20 of us went. We started off in one of their classrooms where we were grouped and given 60 pictures, 2 markers, and a sheet of chart sized posts-it paper. We had 8 minutes to look through the pictures, pick out 6 that touched us and told some kind of story, glue them on to the chart paper, and give it a heading.
After a kind of gallery walk to view the other posters we discussed things and then were given two hours to tour the museum. Because of the time limit, I just did the permanent exhibit. We then met back in the classroom for some final remarks. It was truly a moving experience.
NCTE kicked off on Friday with a keynote address by Marian Wright Edelman. She offered some disturbing facts and figures about the failure of our country to break the cradle to prison syndrome. She was followed by a panel discussion featuring Rudine Sims Bishop, Christopher Myers, Matt de la Pena, Mitali Perkins, and Rukhsana Khan (who I ran into and spoke with at dinner that night). Their topic was about the underrepresentation of people of color in books for children and young adults.
There were many good sessions I attended on both Friday and Saturday. I have to say that the highlight of the event was the Slicer dinner I attended Saturday night. It was so nice to meet and talk to people read most weeks. It is always nice to be able to put a face with a name. Here are some pictures from the area:
More about the individual sessions in future posts.