Call for Proposals

New England Association of Teachers of English

2018 Fall Conference Call for Proposals

Speak Up!  Finding and Using Our Voices in a Noisy World

October 19th and 20th, at the Holiday Inn, Mansfield, Massachusetts

Deadline for proposals is June 1, 2018.

NEATE invites teachers and graduate students at all levels of education to submit workshop proposals for our fall conference. This year’s theme, Speak Up! Finding and Using Our Voices in a Noisy World, acknowledges both the power of finding focus in a fast-paced world inundated with media messages and the importance of encouraging teachers and students to use their voices to speak up amid the noise.  NEATE recognizes the importance of reflecting on how reading, writing, speaking, listening, and performing helps us all develop stamina as educated and active citizens in our world today.

We seek workshops that address the conference theme and/or fit into the following strands:

  • Promoting equity and inclusion through texts:  How can teachers help students see themselves in the texts they study?  How can students use the texts they read to develop their voices?
  • Developing agency through writing:  How can teachers approach writing instruction to help students take ownership in their writing?  How can students use writing as a tool of empowerment?
  • Speaking up for social justice:  In what ways can teachers promote social justice through the ELA classroom?  In what ways can students use their voices for social justice?
  • Navigating the media landscape:  How can teachers help students become critical consumers of media?  How can teachers use social media as a tool for expression?  How can we help teachers and students find focus in the media landscape?
  • Fostering teacher and student wellness amid a noisy world:  What strategies do teachers use to find balance in our professional lives? How can teachers help students find a similar balance?
  • Supporting new teachers’ voices:  How can we help new teachers establish their presence in the classroom?  In what ways can we help new teachers become active members of their school communities?  How can we help new teachers empower their students to be active citizens?

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 use the form link by June 1, 2018.


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