A Pleasant Surprise: 2018 NCTE High School Teacher of Excellence

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We all know that Mondays can be the toughest day of the week. When you start a new job, a Monday comes with new, previously unknown challenges. That said, yesterday was not a daunting day, but I did come home rather tired. I got a nice boost of energy when a surprise email popped into my mailbox at 4:09PM. Here’s a snapshot:

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I honestly, truly was not expecting to see this, but I am over the moon. I was selected as one of the fourteen educators to be recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) as a 2018 Teacher of Excellence. NCTE is an organization that I respect, love, and admire. I deeply appreciate the Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) nominating me for the national recognition after winning their Teacher of the Year award this past February.

Forgive me for indulging in posting this on the blog, but as one might imagine, I’m pretty stinking excited. Thank you to the many, many, many friends, family, and colleagues who are very much a part of this recognition. This simply does not happen without you!

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

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

Live from NCTE ’15: Launching ‘The Bricoleurs’

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Folks, this has been months in the making. I alluded to something very cool happening way back in August in hopes this venture would materialize a bit sooner, but as we all know, life gets in the way. Thankfully, the day has finally come to launch a new blog representing me and some of my closest colleagues as a collective of novice scholars and veteran teachers.

Friends, family, and colleagues I present to you–The Bricoleurs! Continue reading