A Letter from the Co-Conference Chairs
It saddens us to remind you that for the first time in KATE history, we’ve had to cancel a fall conference.
We understand that since March you have been bombarded with a series of cancellations, disappointments, and frustrations. Even now, as we begin what is typically a very structured time of year, we are met with an enormous amount of chaos and uncertainty.
Your safety is our priority, and although we considered various ways that we could meet in-person, we concluded that the risks and the consequences if there be any, at this time, are too great.
However, Covid-19 aside, KATE is at a remarkable place in its history. Increased member involvement, the KATE executive board’s collaboration to achieve a revitalized blog, a revamped website that has gained national attention at NCTE, and a fantastic first-time conference at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview are just some of what can be mentioned as significant achievements.
So, we move forward with optimism and gratefulness as we consider what would have been our 2020 conference theme: “Teachers as Artists: Reignite Your Creative Voice.”
In the heat of these trying times that call for patience, flexibility, and grace, it is important to call upon your creative voice for inspiration and practical solutions to problems known and unknown. Creative teachers explore all possibilities, embrace and find comfort in ambiguity, and adapt to changing circumstances. Their voices challenge the status quo and reject the notion that there is only one right way to solve a problem.
Currently, KATE has demanded that we exercise our creative voices in making sure that, even though we will not meet in Wichita this year, we continue to offer you a place to learn, teach, and commune with colleagues.
We are pleased to announce that on November 7th at 2 p.m., Nic Stone, author of the New York Times bestseller, Dear Martin, will deliver a virtual keynote address followed by a Q&A session, available to all KATE members as our gift to you for your continued support and dedication to teaching English in the state of Kansas.
If you are new to KATE, and want to see Nic Stone’s address, we invite you to join for $30! If you are already a member, your membership will be extended until November 2021. Membership and registration details can be found at kansasenglish.org under the “Membership” tab.
Until we meet again, in person, remember that KATE is here for you.
Stacy Chestnut and Alexis Fisher, KATE 2020 Co-Conference Chairs
Nic Stone is an Atlanta native and a Spelman College graduate. After working extensively in teen mentoring and living in Israel for several years, she returned to the United States to write full-time.
Nic's debut novel for young adults, Dear Martin, was a New York Times bestseller and a William C. Morris Award finalist. She is also the author of the teen titles Odd One Out, a novel about discovering oneself and who it is okay to love, which was an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Rainbow Book List Top Ten selection, and Jackpot, a love-ish story that takes a searing look at economic inequality. Clean Getaway, Nic's first middle-grade novel, deals with coming to grips with the pain of the past and facing the humanity of our heroes.
Nic lives in Atlanta with her adorable little family.
KATE 2021 reservation deadline: TBA
Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita
400 W. Douglass Avenue
Wichita, KS 67202