What a difference a year makes! Last year at this time I was was a bit frantic because I was chair for the 2016 PCTELA Conference. Was everything set at the Penn Stater? Would we have a good turn out? Would my speakers arrive in time? Would things run smoothly?
This year someone else is in charge. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the conference, which I plan to do. This year’s chairs have put together what is sure to be an exciting conference.
We will be in Pittsburgh this year so it will be a bit of a drive. The title for the conference is “Acquiring Advocacy: Overcoming Obstacles, Promoting Partnerships, and Cultivating Dignity”.
Our co-chairs have lined up some great speakers. Starting off the conference will be two of my friends, one of who just had her second book published. Our first speaker is Jason Griffith whose first book, From Me to We: Using Narrative Nonfiction to Broaden Student Perspectives, was published in Fall, 2016 by Routledge. Joining him on stage will be Jennie K. Brown, whose second book in the Poppy Mayberry series was just released.
We are really excited about our lunch featured speaker, Laurie Halse Anderson. How exciting! I am really looking forward to hearing her.I am sure I am not alone in this.
Our conference ends on Saturday with Kylene Beers & Bob Probst. I know others who have heard them speak and they were really impressed by them
Intersperse these speakers with break out sessions featuring best practices form many teachers, include some stimulating round table discussions and this year’s PCTELA Conference is sure to be a winner.
Although I enjoyed the opportunity to chair a state-wide conference, I am glad someone else is doing it this year. I know it will be an exciting and informative weekend.