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    Conference for English teachers!
    OCTELA

    Hello!

    I wanted to take a moment and let you know about a great
    opportunity for teachers of English Language Arts. OCTELA
    (the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts—our
    state’s “version” of NCTE) will be hosting its annual
    conference on March 27th and 28th in Columbus. The
    conference’s theme is “Building Bridges: Connecting Ideas
    and Methods” and has something for every ELA educator and
    district. Attending will be a great investment—as you
    will come away with a wealth of information.

    I know that professional development money is tight right
    now, but this year’s conference is going to be GREAT. I
    promise. I have listed a few of each day’s
    offerings/breakout sessions at the end of this post.
    Please take a moment and read through them. More
    information can be found at
    http://www.octela.org/newoctela/newspconf.html

    If you feel this conference is not for your you, please
    spread the word to other English Language Arts teachers.
    Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

    Thanks,

    Karla Bisig
    OCTELA President Elect
    Karla.bisig@wilmington.k12.oh.us

    Friday
    • Keynote luncheon and breakout session with David
    Wiesner
    • Walden Media presentation (upcoming films and
    connections to education)
    • Story Box project with Kevin Cordi
    • The Verb Wall with Pam Kaatz
    • Poetry with Michael Salinger and Ruth Ann Peck
    (separate sessions for each!).
    • Grant writing session
    • Master teacher session
    • National Board Certification session
    • School and corporate sponsorship
    • Wikis/blogging
    • Oral storytelling
    • Digital documentaries
    • Argumentation and Current Events
    • Enthusiastic Grammar
    • Integrating music in the ELA classroom

    Saturday
    • Opening keynote address with Angela Johnson
    • Picture book reading and discussion with Rhonda
    Bishop
    • Integrating English and Science in the ELA
    classroom
    • Integrating English and Social Studies in the ELA
    classroom
    • Poetry with Sandina Alexander and Ken Glassmeyer
    (separate sessions for each!)
    • Issues concerning the Ohio Department of Education
    • Reading Portfolios
    • Rubrics
    • Standards
    • ESL
    • Roundtable author discussion with David Wiesner,
    Angela Johnson, and Alex Flinn
    • Keynote luncheon with Alex Flinn

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