Call for Proposals

New England Association of Teachers of English 

2017 Fall Conference Call for Proposals
Literacy for Change
October 20th and 21st, at the Holiday Inn, Mansfield, Massachusetts

Deadline for proposals is June 1, 2017.

NEATE invites teachers and graduate students at all levels of education to submit proposals for workshops for this year’s fall conference. This year’s theme, Literacy for Change, reminds us of the power of words to effect change, both within and without: for student, for educator, and for society. NEATE suggests that by providing students with skills of and appreciation for reading, writing, speaking, listening, and performing effectively, educators of literacy help their students better live in their world and prepare them to make it a better world.

We seek workshops that will help to answer questions like these as well as others that are of interest to ELA educators:

  • What are your favorite works of literature to foster exciting, worthwhile discussion about individual choices and society as a whole?

  • How do you teach satire? Do classic pieces of satire still have the power to inspire young people to take a critical look at themselves and their surroundings?

  • What strategies do you use to help your students gain a wider perspective on life through their reading, writing, viewing, and listening?

  • What do you include to help students recognize fake news?

  • What writings can teachers use to supplement a piece like George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language”?

  • What strategies, titles, and approaches do you use to appreciate how the skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening extend beyond the classroom and the school?

  • What approaches do you use to teach information literacy?

  • How are advocacy, persuasion, and argument related, and how do you help students to

    practice these important skills?

  • What books engendered a change in you as a learner or as an educator?

  • What assignments immerse students in research on social justice?

  • What is the role of the graphic novel in increasing students’ appreciation for, attentiveness to, and consciousness of the power of words and images?

    There will be three rounds of 90-minute concurrent workshops on Friday and two rounds of 90-minute concurrent workshops on Saturday. Conference participants especially appreciate interactive presentations that demonstrate strategies that can easily be adapted to the classroom.

    In response to feedback from participants in previous years, we ask that workshop presenters provide some handouts and also post resources (such as classroom materials, presentation slides, etc.) on the NEATE website for future use. Presenters are encouraged (but not required) to submit articles for publication in NEATE’s journal, The Leaflet.

Presenters (including multiple presenters) are required to register for the conference, at a $25 discount, and are encouraged to participate in all conference activities.

To submit a proposal, please complete this form and email it to by June 1, 2017.

Click here to download the proposal information and the form. 



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