Whee! NCTE is coming right up! And it’s here in Minneapolis! I’ve got lots on my schedule, and I’m sharing here in case you might be coming.
In between these events, I have zillions of sessions I’m hoping to attend (but they all overlap with each other!) and friends I’m hoping to see. But I’ll for sure be at these:
The Power of Passion-Driven Research
Fri, 11/20: 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
From baseball to ballet, Minecraft to marshmallows, favorite topics paired with authentic research opportunities unlock a love of learning in students. Two educators, three authors, and an illustrator share experiences with passion-driven research in and out of the classroom that promotes creativity, motivation, and engagement.
Speaker: Jennifer Vincent Mundelein School District 75 – Genius Hour and Passion Driven Research
Speaker: Deb Perryman School District U-46 – Service Based Learning
Speaker: Laurel Snyder
Respondent: Kate Messner
Respondent: LeUyen Pham
Respondent: Laura Purdie Salas
Into the Poem: Active Strategies for Engaging Kinesthetic Learning
Fri, 11/20: 4 – 5:15 p.m.
Although today’s students are more tech-savvy than ever, they are paying a price in being less physically active. This panel will demonstrate ways to get children out of their chairs and into the poem. Poetry is not just text; it begs to be sung, signed, performed, chanted, pantomimed, and dramatized.
Speaker: Sylvia Vardell Texas Woman’s University, Denton
Tradebook Author: Laura Purdie Salas
Tradebook Author: Susan Marie Swanson
Tradebook Author: Janet Wong
And I think Nancy Bo Flood is joining us, too? I could be wrong, but I thought someone mentioned that!
Revved for Research: Tips and Tricks You Can Take Back to the Classroom
Sat, 11/21: 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Through questions, discussion, and sharing of best practices, five award-winning nonfiction authors will share innovative, student-friendly research tips that teachers can take back to their classrooms. What makes writing truly shine? Information gathered beyond books and online sources, including interviews, site visits, and experiential learning.
Chair: Alyson Beecher Pasadena Unified School District, California
Speaker: Sarah Albee
Speaker: Chris Barton
Speaker: Loree Griffin Burns
Speaker: Sy Montgomery (perhaps…via Skype?)
Speaker: Laura Purdie Salas
Signing at Anderson’s Bookshop (booth #950)
Sat, 11/21: 11 a.m. – 12 noon
Children’s Book Award Luncheon
Sat, 11/21: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Just attending. Can’t wait!
Children’s Literature Assembly 40th Anniversary Reception
Sat, 11/21: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Come celebrate 40 years of CLA! Janet Wong, Mary Lee Hahn, and I collaborated on an occasional poem, which we’ll share there (and give away bookmarks). Laugh, talk books, and learn a bit about CLA’s history and mission.
Children’s Literature Assembly (CLA) Breakfast
Sun, 11/22: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Just helping to set things up for this one, and then enjoying this always wonderful event.
The Children’s Literature Assembly (CLA) Breakfast features Kadir Nelson, a dynamic author/illustrator. Nelson was awarded a Caldecott Honor for Nelson Mandela, and a Coretta Scott King award for We Are the Ship. His books offer portals for teachers and students to see possibilities and opportunities to change the world.