So I just sent off my proposal for NCTE 15. I mean, who doesn’t want to be in Minneapolis in November!? It’s hard thinking about where I might be professionally 11 months from now and what might be relevant for other educators at that time. I’ve been immersed the past year on my writing work with teachers and so it only seemed natural that I would be ready to share this collaborative venture with others. So with great anticipation I hit the “submit” button.
Leap of Faith
When I was a relatively new teacher, my principal asked me if I would like to go to a national conference. Attending NCTM in New Orleans was a life changing event. I know the power of that experience shaped who I am today. I am anxious to share that opportunity with other teachers. Without even knowing if our district would fund this, I asked two ‘new’ teachers to join me in the NCTE venture. They have worked so closely with me over the past year; willing to be coached, to collaborate, and to let me try out lessons with their classes. I know that being engaged with other educators at a national level will transform their teaching in a similar way that mine was-they are like sponges soaking up new knowledge. I have faith that if I plan it, they will come! We are going to make this happen!
I also took a leap of faith in asking several authors that I admire to join us on the panel. I thought the worse that could happen would be a curt, “no” or a non response. To my delight, most of them were eager to join the panel. Their expertise on our topic will be invaluable to participants, and their range of experience, preferred genre and audience will make for a rich discussion. From picture books to nonfiction to YA, these authors are truly experts in their field. So thank you Lester Laminack, Kate Messner, Linda Urban, Sarah Albee and Selene Castrovilla for graciously joining these teachers from Maine. We’ll know in May if the proposal is accepted. I have faith!
So, forgive me for a shortened post this week. I am revised and edited-out!! I am excited and exhausted. I am anxious and hopeful. I’m off to do more writing and to write about that writing! If the proposal becomes a reality-you’ll all be some of the first to know! Until then I’ll keep writing, keep working with teachers on writing, and keep our kiddos writing. I guess that’s a pretty big hint to the topic of the session. More details in May -when we get that acceptance letter!
What’s On My Book Radar?
This week Cynthia Lord sent me an ARC of her newest book A Handful of Stars , coming in May of this year. To say I was excited is a complete understatement. If you are a Cynthia Lord fan, I am convinced you will fall in love with this book. She knows how to create characters that readers truly care about, develop stories that reflect real life experiences and leave you feeling more compassionate and caring for the struggles of others. I won’t give much away since this isn’t out yet, but I’ll just say that when it hits the shelves you will want to grab a copy!