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Better Together:
Empower and Inspire Your Colleagues

We are excited to announce the launch of our “2 Minute Tips” video series! ICTE members like you can record yourself sharing a classroom strategy, practice, assignment, or idea that you find particularly successful in your classroom and instruction. These videos should be 2-3 minutes long and should feature you explaining or enacting this practice for your peers. In an effort for all of us to support each other, in an effort to be better together, we hope these videos might spark new ideas for your own teaching and for others.  Selected videos will be featured in our newsletters and housed on the new blog feature of our website.
We have received some submissions already, but we would like to formally invite any and all of you to submit videos as well – anything from simple and informal to professional and polished are welcome! Please send finished videos to
In this video, ICTE President Michael Macaluso shares his tips for improving literacy through student crosstalk. 
In this "2 Minute Tip," Emma Doerfler explains how she uses leveled questions to engage her students. 

ICTE Teacher Feature: Angelina Lazovich

"The best advice I can give a new teacher is: don’t be afraid to ask for help. No one expects you to be an expert on your first day, and it is okay to not have all of the answers. The best teachers are constantly seeking ways to improve and asking the educators around for advice is one of the best ways to learn. We strive to make our students lifelong learners and need to learn from one another each day as well." 
- Angelina Lazovich

From a young age Angelina has felt most at home when working in the classroom. Before school she did odd jobs for teachers in her building and was encouraged and motivated by the ways they challenged her to do her best. Those teachers always made her feel special and valued: something Angelina now makes the central focus for the students in her own classroom. She is now embarking on her fifth year in the classroom. Her first two years were at Washington Discovery Academy in Plymouth, Indiana, teaching first and second grade. She then moved to her current position in Mishawaka where she teachers sixth grade at Beiger Elementary.

When asked what three words her students would use to describe her classroom, Angelina replied, "I hope my students would describe my classroom as warm, engaging, and safe." 

When asked what inspires her, she said, "My students are my driving force day in and day out... Some of the best moments are when a student’s face lights up from a fun activity or a 'lightbulb' goes off when a student understands a challenging concept for the first time. These moments give me energy to apply myself and do my best for students each day."

Many thanks to Corinne Gries for conducting this interview with Angelina. To learn more about Angelina, visit our blog. If you would like to nominate a teacher to be featured in an upcoming ICTE newsletter, email  

Enter to See Kwame Alexander and Randy Preston
in South Bend

The Brain Lair and the St. Joseph County Public Library are bringing award-winning author Kwame Alexander and singer-songwriter Randy Preston to South Bend on September 27, 2019! To mark the occasion, the ICTE is giving away two free tickets to members.

Go to our website to enter the drawing for one of two free tickets to the main room of the event, a copy of The Crossover graphic novel, and a signing ticket.

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets on your own, visit The Brain Lair's event page

ICTE 2020 State Conference:
"Sparking Joy in Teaching"

Submit a Proposal to Present 

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.

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 the proposal form here.

Interested in Getting More Involved with the Planning of the ICTE 2020 State 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. 
Volunteer to Help with the ICTE State Conference


The Beauty of Music & Literacy

NCTE recognizes the importance of music as an integral part of literacy education. Visit the "Music and Literacy" section of the NCTE blog for some resources to help make the connection between music and literacy in the classroom. 
NCTE's Summer Read: Workshopping the Canon

In this blog post, NCTE member Vikki Orepitan focuses on what she has found valuable in this text by Mary E. Styslinger. Orepitan outlines how some of Styslinger's methods can be used to breathe new life into the ELA classroom. 

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