We recently announced the call for breakout session proposals for our 2018 conference taking place October 26-27th and I want to encourage you, yes YOU to submit a proposal to present during a breakout session.
Whether you are a teacher with decades of experience to your name or a pre-service teacher who is looking to become a larger part of the English teacher community – there is a need for you to share your knowledge, insight, and inquiry at the KATE conference.
The most meaningful and accessible professional development undoubtedly comes from those of us who live and breathe the teaching of English. Maybe you read a book that revolutionized your practice or read a blog or article about research that you applied to your assignment or unit development or perhaps you threw caution to the wind and tried something totally new that yielded amazing results; whatever the case is, there are other English teachers who will benefit from the sharing of your information and knowledge. Whether you teach elementary, middle, high or beyond – we have other teachers who are clamoring for your insight.
Presenting at a conference sounds like a daunting task. We all know that glossophobia (fear of public speaking) plagues many of us. I felt the same way and thanks to some positive pressure I have – happily – presented at KATE as a pre-service teacher and now a practicing teacher for several years running. Few experiences have been as fulfilling as having a professional conversation with other teachers from around Kansas. The KATE conference is peopled by some of the most welcoming, excited teachers in our state from a huge variety of backgrounds, a myriad of districts, and a wide swath of experience levels. You will be welcomed with open arms and the conversations that arise from your presentation will resonate with you and the attendees for months to come if not longer. Perhaps you’ll even get the bug to present annually or at larger regional or national conferences!
This year’s theme is “Heartfelt Writing to Engage the World” and I truly believe YOU have something valuable to share with all of your fellow English teachers and I encourage you (or you and another teacher or two) consider submitting a proposal to present. Be part of the larger conversation, whet your conference presentation chops and help us take professional development to the next level by submitting your proposal by August 30th.
I will look forward to seeing you all on October 26th and 27th for a great weekend of learning, sharing, and community.