Oregon Writing Festival
Did you miss the Spring Conference?
Rick Steber, the author of more than 30 books and sales of more than a million copies has received national acclaim for his writing. His numerous awards include the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Western Novel, Western Heritage Award, Benjamin Franklin Award, Mid-America Publishers Award, Oregon Library Association Award, Oregon Literary Arts Award, Independent Publishers Book Award, Indies Award for Excellence; and the USA Best Book Award. Three of his books have been optioned to movie production companies. From : http://www.ricksteber.com/
OCTE MEMBERS: PLEASE VOTE!!
The Oregon Council of Teachers of English is proposing several changes to the OCTE Constitution, revisions which more accurately reflect the current operation of the Council. The major changes are:
>renaming the executive board as Board of Directors, to distinguish it more clearly from the Executive Committee (i.e., the officers of the Council)
>renaming the executive secretary as Historian, to distinguish that officer from the board's Secretary
>adding the word "literacy" to several of the organization's purposes, and adding several new purposes which reflect the changing field of language arts/literacy
>adding the website, social media, and electronic communication to OCTE's operation
The Constitution requires that the revision be approved by the OCTE membership. Please refer to the ballot in the OCTE newsletter sent to you last month and mail it to:
P.O. Box 9126
Portland, OR 97207-9126
Also please submit your ballot for the OCTE Election of President-elect and Secretary from the same newsletter (p.2). Please return your ballots by May 1, 2015; or vote electronically:
Responsibility, Creativity, and the Arts of Language
November 19-22, 2015
OCTE-OCSS Joint 2015 Fall Conference
October 3, 2015
Concordia University, Portland
Theme: "Through the Eyes of Another: Inclusive Social Studies and Literacy Education"
Keynote: Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous national and state awards, as well as international recognition. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Laurie was honored with the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by YALSA division of the American Library Association for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.”
Call for program proposals :
Proposal Deadline - May 1, 2015
Do you have an idea for a presentation?
An instructional model you’ve developed?
Strategies that have worked well in your classroom?
Presenting at an OCTE conference is an excellent way to share your expertise, to meet other English Language Arts teachers, and to help shape the future of our organization and our profession.