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ICTE Conference 2020 "Sparking Joy" in Teaching:
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Find and share joy in teaching at the ICTE's 2020 conference Sparking Joy in Teaching. Join us on March 21, 2020 for interactive workshops, keynotes by award-winning authors and educators, networking opportunities, and practical strategies. We will also have a pre-conference event (free for all registrants!) with Carol Jago on March 20.

Here are a sampling of some of dynamic workshop sessions you can look forward to attending:
  • Poetry Matters: Unpacking the Why and How of Poetry in the English Classroom
  • Identifying and Claiming the Title of Writer
  • Making Your Case: Teaching Argumentative Writing at the Middle School Level with Scaffolding & Debate 
  • How to Have Meaningful Literature Discussions (Even When Students Aren’t Reading)
Register by March 1 to take advantage of our early registration pricing. Early registration rates are just $40 for an instructor ticket, $25 for an adjunct ticket, and $25 for a student ticket.
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Volunteer to Assist with the 2020 Conference:

If you are interested in helping to 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. 
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Teacher Feature: Paul Hankins

Know who you are as a student and what this has meant to you up to this point in your journey (whether in your studies or in your practice). Knowing this will draw from within you the authenticity those students need to see each day in your room. Venerable is what you hope for at the end of the journey of your practice. Vulnerability is what will get you through to the last bell today.

                                            - Paul Hankins

by Leigh Anne Eck, George Rogers Clark Middle School

Paul Hankins has been teaching English 11 since 2004 and AP English Language and Composition for over a decade now (adding dual credit to this piece within the past few years). 

How and when did you know you wanted to become an English teacher? "My English teachers were among the most supportive in the classroom of my latent talents and passive resistance to the work. I had a number of influences while I was in high school who helped me to shape the fuzzy vision of the teacher I didn't know I wanted (or could be). I think I knew I wanted to be an English teacher. . .or a teacher, when I sat down and reflected upon these early influences upon my life, quietly tapping into those talents that were trying to express themselves."

How would your students describe you? "I hope that they would describe me as one who knows his content area, but they may not know this language as descriptive of their teachers. They would probably say I read a lot and present characters with different voices. They would probably say my room looks different from the others they might sit in." 

How would you describe your teaching career in one sentence? "I might sum this up in a sort of six-word memoir style:  He kept learning as he went." 

You believe in bringing art to the English language arts classroom. Why is this important to you and/or your students? "I think that a multi-sensory approach is the way to deliver information and to bring that information back. If we are presenting from our art as teachers, we might invite the same expression of art in student response. There is a new, but not-so-new, interest in multimodal composition and I am excited that some of this can be brought out in collage, in memes, in visual representations like infographics. The means by which we bring our response to ideas and stories can be wide open to artistic expression." 

To read Leigh Anne's full interview with Paul, visit our website

Proposed Amendments to ICTE Constitution

The Indiana Council of Teachers of English needs your input! We are considering amending the ICTE constitution to change our election procedures as well as the terms for the president and president-elect. The proposed changes are below and will be voted on at the ICTE 2020 Conference on March 21, 2020. Please review the changes and reach out to the ICTE Executive Committee with any questions or comments.

Article to be amended: Article VIII (Elections) – Proposed changes are in bold.

Section 1: All officers except the Executive Treasurer shall be elected, when needed, either at the Annual Business Meeting or by secure online ballot.

Section 2: The president shall serve a one-year term as president after being president-elect for a one-year term. After their term as president, this person will occupy the role of immediate past president on the Executive Committee.

Section 3: The president-elect shall be elected for a one-year term and will serve as the membership chair.

Rationale: As the ICTE continues to evolve to serve its members’ needs, the Executive Committee proposes changing the terms for the president and the president elect positions. The purpose of this is to provide members at all levels with the opportunity to serve in these important positions. We recognize the challenges that a four-year commitment (two years as president-elect followed by two years as president) can present for many educators. Reducing the length of service is a step in ensuring that the commitment is doable for practicing teachers while also preventing burnout for members who hold these positions.

An opportunity to present to your students...

Encourage your students to apply for a position with the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship Institute (BFTF):

This institute is a month-long international immersion program founded and funded by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program began in 2006 as a way to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin, whose career, interests, and studies took him across the Atlantic Ocean, bringing about better understanding between Americans and Europeans.  

BFTF is bringing together a group of diverse and intellectually curious students from Europe and the United States aged 16-18 to particpate in an intensive four-week exchange program on the campus of Purdue University. The Institute will offer a combination of interactive classes, seminars, workshops, webinars, and teleconferences presented by prominent scholars and specialists in international relations, diplomacy, communication, media, and civic education. Applications are due March 15. Learn more about this opportunity here

And an opportunity to consider for yourself ...

This summer, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, in association with Melville Society Cultural Project, will welcome 25 teachers from around the country for "Teaching Melville: Moby Dick & the World of Whaling in the Digital Age." The institute, which runs from June 19 to July 2, 2020, will illuminate Herman Melville's famous 19th-century American novel and help educators interpret the book for 21st-century students. It is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is free for teachers who are selected. Selected teachers will receive a stipend, as well. The application period is open until March 1, 2020. Learn more here

Share your favorite books with #ICTEreads

ICTE is excited to announce #ICTEreads! Each month, we’ll post on Facebook and Twitter asking members to share their favorite books relating to a theme. You are welcome to respond throughout the month and as many times as you would like. Think of it as a way to share and hear book talks with educators across the state.

For February's #ICTEreads, share your favorite books by African American authors. Please include #ICTEreads in your response!


NCTE member Adam Mackie teaches ninth and twelfth grade students and the study of memoirs is standard practice in his classroom. He writes, "Reading and analytically responding to literature, whether memoir or otherwise, has been easy enough for me over the years. It’s the teaching of culturally responsive writing to students for real life, authentic, audiences that has posed a greater challenge." In this post, he offers practical classroom strategies for teachers.  

As a part of NCTE's "Build Your Stack Initiative," which is designed to help teachers to build their knowledge of books and expand their classroom libraries, Tiffany A. Flowers shares her suggestions. She offers six great suggestions for teachers of students in grades K-3. Learn more here

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