The Arizona English Teachers Association (AETA) is pleased to announce the creation of the Four Corners Scholarship aimed at increasing attendance from all parts of our state. This scholarship was created to reduce the burden for rural teachers not financially supported by their school districts.
Connections: Spring, 2018
ANNUAL STATEWIDE CONFERENCE–Saturday, September 22, 2018
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Conference Theme: Let Freedom Read!
Keynote Speaker: Jeff Zentner, author of Goodbye Days and The Serpent King, winner of ALAN’s Amelia Walden Award
- Presenter(s) Information.
Include name(s), title, school affiliation, mailing address, and all contact information (home phone, work phone, cell, email). If you are part of a group presentation, all correspondence is sent to the first presenter’s name. Please keep your colleagues informed as correspondence continues. In accordance with professional tradition, all presenters must register for the conference.
- Type of Session:
- a) Group presentation—50 minutes shared amongst all presenters
- b) Individual presentation—the program committee will put two to three presenters together in one session along the lines of a similar theme/approach
- Session Title:
Suggested Strand: Writing Reading/Literature College & Career Readiness General
Suggested Level: Primary Intermediate/Middle Middle/Senior High College
Suggested Theme: Our theme of Let Freedom Read! is not a mandate for content. As English teachers, we are equally concerned with the freedom to write, think and debate. Please feel free to submit proposals that support all aspects of our role as promoters of English and language arts.
NCTE & AETA value multi-cultural voices and those who advocate for the underrepresented in our classrooms and in our profession. Please check one of the Rainbow Themes from the established caucuses of NCTE below if you feel your presentation addresses one of the groups below.
- Black & Latinx Caucus
- American Indian Caucus
- Asian/Asian American Caucus
- Jewish Caucus
- Other: ______________________
Concurrent sessions will be held throughout the day on Saturday. These 50-minute sessions typically present a best practice or engage the audience in a focused presentation and/or discussion of a topic relevant to the theme of the conference. Describe the session in detail in 2-3 paragraphs in which you provide explanation of background to and identification of the topic, its relevance to the conference theme, methods and materials to be used, including audience participation.
Give 4-5 lines of description to appear in the conference program. Identify the intended audience(s) and area of focus.
- Presentation Needs.
Each session meeting room is a mediated classroom (equipped with computer station, audio, video and projection).
Arizona’s English/language arts teachers have much to offer each other!
Please reproduce this call for proposals and distribute among your friends and colleagues.
Send or E-mail your Proposal by May 15, 2018 to:
Brian & Kena Taylor
175 N 1300 W
Pima, AZ 85543
Central Arizona Writing Project
Invitational Summer Institute for K-University Teachers
The Central Arizona Writing Project (CAWP) is now accepting applications for the 2018 Invitational Summer Institute (ISI). This important professional development opportunity will take place from June 4 to June 15, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 12:00pm on the ASU Tempe Campus. K-College educators who are residents of the state of Arizona are eligible to apply for the CAWP ISI. Each teacher invited to participate in the Invitational Summer Instituted will join a national professional development network of teachers in the National Writing Project, prepare a professional piece of writing, share and receive expertise and receive professional books and resources on the teaching of writing.
BACKGROUND: The Invitational Summer Institute provides a dynamic environment for a diverse group of educators to examine their roles as writers, teachers and leaders. The theory and practice of teaching writing are examined through individual demonstrations, readings and discussion of current research, and writing and responding in peer groups. CAWP is a National Writing Project site dedicated to the improvement of student learning through the effective teaching of writing. With more than 40 years of success, the National Writing Project has demonstrated that the best teachers of teachers are other teachers, that contemporary rhetoric and composition studies have practical value for writing teachers at all levels, that writing promotes learning in all areas of the curriculum, and that teachers who are writers themselves are the most effective writing teachers. Our aim is for teachers to come away from the Institute with a renewed excitement about and commitment to writing and the teaching of writing.
APPLICATION PROCESS: By March 23, 2018, please complete the attached CAWP ISI application and personal statement. Completed applications should be sent via email to Tina.Norgren@asu.edu or by USPS to: Arizona State University; Att: Tina Norgren, CAWP; Department of English; PO Box 871401; Tempe, AZ 85287-1401. Please use this link to the CAWP Website https://english.clas.asu.edu/cawp
Applications will be reviewed by a committee of CAWP teachers representing various regions and educational levels. CAWP especially seeks to recruit teachers with special expertise and experience in teaching English language learners and students from diverse and academically marginalized populations.
SCHOLARSHIPS: With funding support from the National Writing Project, twelve Summer 2018 participants will be eligible to receive $400 stipends after completing the two-week ISI. Scholarships are competitive, so apply ASAP.
DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE GRADUATE COURSE CREDIT?: Teachers who want to receive graduate or non-degree credit must pay to register a minimum of 1 course credit at a cost of $1019.00. They may choose to pay and earn up to 3 credits for ENG 594: Central Arizona Writing Project through Arizona State University’s Department of English. Teachers who select this option, will also receive a $400.00 stipend after completing the course (this stipend is provided through funding from the National Writing Project). Please contact Tina Norgren for details on how to register for this course (Tina.Norgren@asu.edu). Register and pay for the CAWP ISI once you have been accepted:
NOTE: STIPENDS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED FOR ASU EMPLOYEES, ASU TEACHING ASSISTANTS, OR ASU RESEARCH ASSISTANTS.
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS: Please call the Central Arizona Writing Project office at 480-965-3224.
Thanks to the wonderful Maria Zafonte we have a new issue of Connections.
Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make the AETA 2017 Annual Conference a success.
Executive Secretary Wendy Williams and AETA President Renee Rude
Some awards that were given out at the conference:
Congratulations to Adriana Toles who won MS Teacher of Excellence!
AETA also honored Sharon Fagan and Bill Guerriero with the Friends of AETA award.
Tim Ramsey won in all 3 categories for Teachers As Writers. Adriana Toles won for MS Teacher of Excellence and we honored Sharon Fagan and Bill Guerriero with Friends of AETA.