NCTE 2016: A Quick Look Back

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I only got to stay one day this year, but I must say I think Atlanta did a fantastic job hosting this year’s conference! Bravo, ATL!

I’m also digging NCTE’s new logo, or maybe it was just the logo for the conference this year. In any case, love the simplicity of the design.

With the one day I did spend at the conference, I packed in as much as I could, including seeing some fellow doc students and recent grads, meeting with my dissertation chair, hanging out with the Kennesaw State crew, and probably most importantly receiving stellar feedback on my dissertation at my roundtable. The only regret was not getting to meet one of my ELA heroes, Buffy Hamilton, when I had the chance. The stars simply did not align. Continue reading

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See You @ #NCTE2016

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The National Council for Teachers of English begins this week in Atlanta. For the first time in four years, I do not have to travel. (I enjoy exploring new cities, so I’m a little bummed, but saving the money is nice.) I am only presenting once this year as part of the annual round table I have been a part of since I began my doctoral studies. What is fun about this year is I’m nearly done with my dissertation, and I have all kinds of goodies from the research to discuss with my table. The feedback from the respondent will be timely as well and may help as I work to cross the finish line. If you’re going to be in Atlanta this week, hit me up @theprofjones (Twitter).

Here’s my session info:

Title: Collective Advocacy: The Research and Practice of English Education Doctoral Students (B.28)
Time: Friday, November 18; 11:00-12:15
Location: B206

The Hiatus is Over: Update on All the Things

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I suppose I should not be entirely assumptive that my posts were missed these last couple of months, but personally, I am happy to be writing on the blog again. In my first true post since taking a bit of break, I give insight into the continued dissertation process and insight into some of the ground swell of project-based learning at my school. If you read this blog or even just this post. Thanks–it means a lot. Continue reading

Posting Hiatus

Readers, friends, and family, as I continue to fall woefully behind in my attempts to post relevant and interesting content on the blog, I am forced to admit I need to take a hiatus.

I am neck deep into writing my dissertation and an article with very clear deadlines (oh, and I’m going to be a dad!), so I have decided they need my attention more than anything. My hope is that by November I might return to posting on a regular basis. Until then, send good vibes and prayers my way. I need them!

A Summer Update: Data Analysis, SREB, and a New School Year

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Posting this summer has become an elusive task for me. As much as I meant to chronicle my summer of analyzing data, I have not been inspired to do so. Partially, I have been surprised how far behind I feel in my effort. I suppose I am not really, but there is a bit of mental game being played when spending hours reading transcripts, watching videos, and coding it all. I have a long way to go, but what is emerging from the data is both affirming and surprising. That is the fun part. Yes, tiring to be sure, but also fun. It is like I am on a treasure hunt–a long, at times boring, yet exhilarating treasure hunt.  Continue reading