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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 Artsour
    states version of NCTE) will be hosting its annual
    conference on March 27th and 28th in Columbus. The
    conferences theme is Building Bridges: Connecting Ideas
    and Methods and has something for every ELA educator and
    district. Attending will be a great investmentas you
    will come away with a wealth of information.

    I know that professional development money is tight right
    now, but this years conference is going to be GREAT. I
    promise. I have listed a few of each days
    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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