Dear Kentucky English/Language Arts Teachers,
I would like to thank all of you who proposed sessions for the 78th Anniversary conference. We have closed our call for presenters for the 2014 conference and will be contacting proposers by the end of 2013.
We look forward to seeing you at the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English/LA conference in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday & Saturday 21 - 22 February 2014. We are thrilled to have so many great presenters last year.Â
Professional Development is one of the Kentucky Teacher Standards, and I've found that the KCTE/LA Conference is one of the best ways to fulfill that standard. In addition, you will have the opportunity to network with teachers from around the Commonwealth.
Please join us as we "Bridging the Literacy Gap" and make an impact on the learning of your students. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
2014 Conference Chair email@example.com
KCTE/LA has established the annual "Stephanie Kirk Classroom Learning Award" as a memorial to Stephanie Kirk. The Award is to support an innovative project which encourages attainable improvement in the language arts areas. In years where none of the applications are judged to match the criteria, the judges reserve the right not to assign the award in that year. We have closed applications for the 2013 award (to be awarded by December 2012) and wish the best of luck to those who submitted applications. Watch our site for information about the 2013 recipient and about the process for submitting an application for the 2014 award.
For more information contact the KCTE/LA current Special-Projects Chairperson, Audrey Harper, at firstname.lastname@example.org
December is a rapacious month, holidays, seasonal changes, records for human consumption, and at least a half dozen "December is ... Month" choices. For English and Language Arts teachers, we have combined two focuses:
Take the opportunity to discuss ways to involve your students in writing letters about their reading at the Kentucky English Collaboration http://www.kyenglish.org/December-Is-Write-To-A-Friend-About-A-New-Book-Month
The KCTE/LA writing contest is now coordinated by the section vice presidents. Contact them for information. Email all of the vice presidents at email@example.com. Contact individual vice presidents at firstname.lastname@example.org (Sherri Bazzell, Elementary VP), email@example.com (Jennifer Fowler, Middle-School VP), firstname.lastname@example.org (Kristie Hofelich, Secondary-School VP), or email@example.com (Kaye Brown, College VP). The deadline for this year's contest was 1 May 2013. Winning entries in the 2013 contest appeared in the Fall 2013 Kentucky English Bulletin. Information about past winners is online at http://contest.kcte.org/index.html.
The NCTE sponsors two national writing contests for individuals, one for 8th graders and the other for 11th graders. For information about the contest for 8th graders contact Frances Helphinstine at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the awards and past recipients is available on this site at http://www.kcte.org/achievement/pyw.html . Information about the NCTE Writing Achievement Awards, which offer opportunity for Kentucky 11th graders to receive national recognition for their writing, is available on this site at http://www.kcte.org/achievement/aa.html . For information about the contest for 11th graders contact Frances Helphinstine at email@example.com.
The NCTE also sponsors an award for junior highschool, middle school, highschool, and secondary school literary magazines. For more information on PRESLM (Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines) awards contact Frances Helphinstine at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further instructions are available on this site at http://www.kcte.org/achievement/preslm.html .
Charlie Hughes has set up an announce-only email list at U of K to cover Literature-related events in Kentucky.
News of publications, authors, readings, writing contests and awards, and more literary news will be distributed in infrequent e-mail messages to list subscribers. Subscribers are also encouraged to send their own announcements to the list. This is a moderated, announcement-type mailing list. This is not a discussion list, the kind that can overwhelm your mailbox. Your e-mail address will not be disclosed to any other entity or used for any other purpose. KCTE/LA has set up a page at http://www.kcte.org/etc/kylit.html with instructions from Charlie on how to join the list.
Shelby W. Fannin, past Middle School Chairman for OLEMA, shares adolescent literature titles which capture the most averse to reading, an array of activities which turn students into readers, and sources for inexpensive reading materials as Townsend Press.
Kathryn Mincey shares her guides for students to use to teach themselves standard grammar and usage within the evolution of the Alliance for Excellent Education position.
Mary Jerde and Maggie Gulley share current grant sources for K-12 English teachers, pointers for writing grants, and strategies which increase chances for receiving funding, such as collaborating with other schools.
George Eklund shares activities to use to take our students into the exploratory process of a poem.
The Kentucky Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts, Inc. is an incorporated non-profit, service organization for Kentucky English and Language Arts teachers of all levels (Kindergarten-Graduate School). Membership dues and conference registrations support
The over 200 members of KCTE/LA create a vibrant organization which has been recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English as one of the more active state affiliates.
In addition to supporting funded projects, the KCTE/LA connects English and Language Arts teachers to the Kentucky Department of Education. A number of KCTE/LA board members either direct or coordinate outreach progams for state Writing Projects, and the KDE sends a liaison to triannual KCTE/LA board meetings.
Regular membership in KCTE/LA is $30.00 per year (January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014). Membership includes a subscription to the KEB and the KCTE/LA News. Membership paid between 31 May 2013 and December 31, 2013 goes into effect at the time the membership is paid and continues through December 31, 2014. An online printable registration form and registration information are available at http://www.kcte.org/membership/member.html . A secure, online credit-card registration form (for full-membership only) is available at https://secure.kcte.net/membership/register.html .
If you would like to receive additional information or have a copy of our printed membership form mailed to you, please follow this link to our online information form at http://www.kcte.org/info.html .