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The Beginning of a New Chapter

In June's newsletter, we introduced you to ICTE's new Executive Committee. Michael Macaluso (President), Jeff Spanke (President-Elect), Theresa Wampler (Secretary), and Terri Suico (Executive Treasurer) are excited to serve in these leadership positions. To learn more about Michael, Jeff, Theresa, and Terri, please visit our website

A Special "Thank You" to Our Outgoing Executive Committee Members

As we welcome the incoming members of the Executive Committee, we must also express our gratitude to our outgoing president Laura Gellin, who will transition to the past-president role on the committee, and outgoing secretary David Premont.

Upon becoming ICTE president, Laura worked on raising the affiliate’s profile. She established the affiliate newsletter, and the National Council of Teachers of English recognized her efforts by awarding the affiliate with the 2018 Affiliate Newsletter of Excellence Award. She also chaired the first conference of the revitalized affiliate, which saw over 120 teachers gather to share their knowledge and learn ideas to revitalize themselves and their teaching.

David started working with the ICTE in fall of 2017, when he reached out to Laura to see how he could contribute. He soon started writing for the newsletter, and, when our first secretary had to step down, he graciously stepped in as recording secretary for the rest of the term.

Laura and David have helped set the foundation for the ICTE as it moves forward. We thank them for their time and dedication to the affiliate, and we look forward to their future involvement.

Welcome to the New ICTE Media Team

Andra Pavuls is joining the ICTE media team as the social media coordinator. She is an English instructor at the Excel Center in South Bend. Andra is currently reading Educated by Tara Westover. As Andra's English Language Arts classes involve quite bit of history, one of her favorite classroom resources is the Stanford History Education Group. She especially enjoys the "Reading Like a Historian" activities, as they are great for helping her students to develop critical thinking skills. Learn more about this great resource here
Jennifer Swisher-Carroll will be serving as the newsletter editor. She is a Hoosier resident but teaches English 11 and AP Literature and Composition at Edwardsburg High School in Michigan. She is also an adjunct professor at Lake Michigan College. She is currently reading Workshopping the Canon by Mary E Styslinger and Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford. She has gained incredible ideas and inspiration from teacher-led social media pages. Specifically, she loves the "AP Literature and Composition" group on Facebook. 
Leigh Anne Eck is joining the team as a feature writer for the ICTE newsletter. She teaches 6th grade English Language Arts at George Rogers Clark Middle School. She is currently reading Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz. She is also a moderator of the #TeachWrite Twitter chat and a contributor to the #TeachWrite chat blog. She gains inspiration from a variety of sources for use in her classroom, but her favorite resources are those created by Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher. 

Corinne Gries will be serving as a feature writer for the ICTE newsletter. She works with pre-service teachers as a clinical supervisor and instructor at Saint Mary's College. Corinne is currently enjoying The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. She is passionate about using resources that are useful for both students and teachers. She really enjoys creating rubrics that she terms "kid friendly." More information about creating useful classroom rubrics can be found here

Submit a Proposal to Present at the
ICTE 2020 State Conference

Building off of the success of our inaugural conference, the ICTE invites educators of all levels to submit proposals for the annual spring conference of the NCTE state affiliate. This year’s theme, Sparking Joy in Teaching, celebrates the practices, activities, and pedagogy that spark joy in you, in your students, and even in your broader school community.  

Marie Kondo, of Netflix’s Tidying Up and “spark joy” fame, suggests that in a moment of joy, “every part or cell of your body lifts up little by little….” So, we want to hear about the teaching strategies, methods, skills, texts, topics, and content-specific materials that lift up you and your students.

What practice has been the most joyful for your teaching? What classroom activities spark joy in your students? What keeps you joyful and excited about teaching or about being a literacy educator? Consider drafting a conference proposal that showcases your favorite resource, practice, or curricula to support other teachers in making literacy learning a joyful experience for students.

This is YOUR time to shine -- we want YOU to share the amazing things you do in your classroom!  

As you draft your proposal, please choose one of the following formats:

  • Panel Presentation: 50-minute session featuring two or more speakers who will engage the audience around a common theme or question, leaving at least 10 minutes for audience questions and responses.

  • Workshop: 50-minute interactive session led by one or more speakers who will engage attendees in activities around a central topic, question, or theme.

  • Individual Presentation: 20-minute presentation led by one speaker; individual presentations will be paired by level, topic, or theme to make up one 50-minute session.

All proposals should include some element of interaction with session attendees. Please submit your proposal that identifies which type of session you are proposing and that clearly explains its relation to the theme Sparking Joy in Teaching. Proposals will be blinded and reviewed by the Proposal Review Committee.  
Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2019 (11:59 p.m. EST)

Presenters are required to register for the conference and are encouraged to participate in all conference activities. Representatives from the Indiana Department of Education will be on hand to distribute educator PGPs to participants.

Ready to submit?  Access our proposal submission form here.

Interested in Getting More Involved with the ICTE 2020 State Conference?

If you are interested in helping organize the conference and working with a team to promote literacy in Indiana, please consider volunteering to assist with the planning and execution of the 2020 conference. 
Volunteer to Help with the ICTE State Conference


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