It is that time of year again! Thursday morning I will be headed to Minneapolis, MN for the National Council for Teachers of English 2016 National Convention. This trip will be my first time in Minneapolis and my third trip to NCTE consecutively.
I really look forward to this convention each year. I suppose it helps that the first year I went, I was a first year doctoral student and was genuinely impressed by the speakers and opportunities it all afforded me. I also look forward to it for the camaraderie and networking. Everyone there is concerned with English education in one form or another, and I really enjoy seeing some of my professors and colleagues in an atmosphere dedicated to a discipline we all love.
This year is special for me as well. I am presenting twice! One presentation is the roundtable I have participated in for the previous two years. I am much closer to my dissertation study, so I will be able to update others on my progress and get more explicit feedback from attending professors. The second presentation is a discussion panel focused on student generated media. This presentation was borne from a conversation with Luke Rodesiler (Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne) at my round table last year. I will have a chance, along with two other teachers, to explain how we engage our students in producing original media for authentic audiences outside of the classroom. I am particularly excited about this presentation.
Anyway, if you are going, here is the info for my sessions. I cannot wait to see some of my friends and compatriots there.
Saturday 11/21 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Seeking Authenticity: Student-Produced Media in a Participatory Culture
Saturday 11/21 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Building and Sustaining English Education through the Research and Practice of English Education Doctoral Students