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MCTE Fall Conference 2024

October 11 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

$25.00 – $155.00

Beyond a Seat at the Table

Justice & Belonging in Literacy Communities

MCTE’s Fall Conference 2024

Friday, October 11, 2024
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing

Who and what is included and excluded? As a literacy research community, who are we becoming and who do we want to be?
Dr. Marcelle Haddix, LRA 2019 Presidential Address

In a democratic society, developing the literacy skills to read, write and efficiently communicate should provide a seat at the “tables” of collective influence. However, most of our literacy communities have been, and continue to be, determined by norms of whiteness that dictate who does and does not belong. When literacy practices devalue the voices of Black, Indigenous, and other people of Color, some members possess authority and privilege, while others feel unsafe, unwelcome, and unheard.

At the fall conference, attendees will engage in critical conversations about the ways we gather and communicate at our literacy “tables.” As we consider our classrooms, education programs and literacy organizations: How can we prepare a table where everyone is invited? If someone is brave enough to contribute, do they have a safe space to be heard? What systems or practices exclude and disempower? What are our tables oriented towards? The keynote speakers and session presenters will offer a full menu of equitable instructional strategies, classroom lessons, and collective practices – the tools teachers need to build tables where each voice is welcome, encouraged and truly heard. 

We hope you will join us at the 2024 MCTE fall conference– where everyone is invited to take a seat at the table as we listen, share ideas and begin the next steps of belonging together in community.

Dr. Sara Hoeve
MCTE President-Elect, 2024-25

Take Your Seat in MCTE!

We invite you to add your voice to the ongoing conversations around literacy by submitting a proposal for the fall conference. In addition, we are looking to grow our gathering at the table of MCTE leadership, so please contact a member of the Executive Committee if you are interested in supporting Michigan teachers or would like additional information

Featuring Keynote Speaker Cornelius Minor, Educator and Author of We Got This

“My job as a teacher is not to merely teach the curriculum or even to just teach the students; it is to seek to understand my kids as completely as possible so that I can purposefully bend and remix curriculum to meet them.”

Cornelius Minor is a Brooklyn-based educator and part-time Pokemon trainer. He works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. His latest book, We Got This, explores how the work of creating more equitable school spaces is embedded in our everyday choices– specifically in the choice to really listen to kids. Along with his partner and wife, Kass Minor, he has established The Minor Collective, a community-based movement designed to foster sustainable change in schools.

We Got This! Summer Book Club

MCTE Representative-at-Large Dr. Kel Sassi will be leading a summer book club on Cornelius Minor’s text We Got This! Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be. Free books will be available for those who sign-up first and book club members will also be able to continue the book club discussion at Minor’s breakout session during the fall conference.  Watch mymcte.org or your email for additional information and a link to sign-up!

Featuring Luncheon Speaker Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Educator and Author of The Dark Fantastic

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, PhD is Chair of the Joint Program in English and Education and Associate Professor at the University of Michigan’s Marsal Family School of Education. A former Detroit Public Schools teacher and National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, her expertise on race and representation in children’s and young adult literature has been sought after nationally and internationally. She is the author of the multiple award-winning books The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games (NYU Press, 2019). Her most recent books are Harry Potter and the Other: Race, Justice, and Difference in the Wizarding World (University Press of Mississippi, 2022) co-edited with Sarah Park Dahlen, and Restorying Young Adult Literature: Expanding Students’ Perspectives with Digital Texts with James Joshua Coleman and Autumn A. Griffin (NCTE, 2023).

Pre-Conference Workshop

Join MCTE on Thursday, October 10 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM for a pre-conference workshop and kick-off social! 

At the pre-conference workshop, attendees will join in roundtable discussions on topics that are vital to our current classrooms and literacy communities. Each table will offer a space for teachers to share their experiences, offer encouragement and suggest new pathways forward as we learn from and with one another.

We will consider some of these topics related to justice and belonging:

  1. Learning from successful school/district diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice efforts
  2. Navigating text selection and building classroom libraries in a time of book banning campaigns and censorship legislation
  3. Exploring the challenges and changes of teaching in post-COVID world
  4. Considering the roles of AI and ChatGPT in the ELA classroom
  5. Highlighting strategies for empowering student voice and storytelling 
  6. Sharing culturally sustaining lessons, projects or instructional strategies
  7. Identifying advocacy spaces for student voice and participation
  8. Disrupting systems and norms of gatekeeping and bordering in literacy education 

In addition to the roundtable discussion, attendees will kick off the 2024 conference by enjoying roaming appetizers and connecting with English teachers from across the state and beyond.

Registration

Register by Friday, September 13, 2024 to take advantage of early bird rates! Purchase tickets online below via PayPal or credit card. Please contact Executive Director Jim Kroll regarding check payments. 

Conference registration includes a continental breakfast and boxed lunch on October 11, as well as a year-long membership in MCTE. MCTE members receive two digital editions of the Language Arts Journal of Michigan (LAJM), a publication of MCTE, and regular opportunities to learn with MCTE. Read more about the benefits of MCTE membership here.

Registration Fees for the 2024 Fall Conference:

Registration for the Thursday pre-conference ends Sunday, October 6 at 12:00 NOON.

Online registration for the fall conference ends Tuesday, October 8 at 12:00 NOON. 

Discounts available for large groups from the same school. If you plan on registering THREE or more teachers from the same school, please contact MCTE Executive Director Jim Kroll for a coupon code to be used during registration. Individual attendee information will need to be entered for each ticket purchased. Discounts are also available for veterans of the military. Please contact Executive Director Jim Kroll for more information. Registration questions should be directed to MCTE Executive Director Jim Kroll at [email protected].

Past Presidents of MCTE: If you plan on attending the conference this year, we ask that you register to attend and contribute $25 to help defray conference costs and contribute to the publishing of the LAJM.

Lodging Accommodations

MCTE Fall Conference attendees can reserve a room for Thursday, October 10, 2024, at the Kellogg Hotel for the discounted rate of $136. For the conference rate code, email MCTE Executive Director Jim Kroll at [email protected]. Reservations must be made prior to September 10, 2024.

Refunds on conference registrations are subject to a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be granted after October 1, 2024.

Details

Date:
October 11
Time:
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Cost:
$25.00 – $155.00

Venue

Kellogg Conference Center, Michigan State University
219 S Harrison Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824 United States
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Tickets

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Full Time Professional
Beyond a Seat at the Table: Justice and Belonging in Literacy Communities MCTE’s Fall Conference: Friday, October 11, 2024 Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing
$ 155.00
400 available
Part Time/Retired Professional
Beyond a Seat at the Table: Justice and Belonging in Literacy Communities MCTE’s Fall Conference: Friday, October 11, 2024 Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing
$ 100.00
400 available
Full Time Graduate Student
Beyond a Seat at the Table: Justice and Belonging in Literacy Communities MCTE’s Fall Conference: Friday, October 11, 2024 Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing
$ 100.00
400 available
Undergraduate Student
Beyond a Seat at the Table: Justice and Belonging in Literacy Communities MCTE’s Fall Conference: Friday, October 11, 2024 Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing
$ 60.00
400 available
Past President
Beyond a Seat at the Table: Justice and Belonging in Literacy Communities MCTE’s Fall Conference: Friday, October 11, 2024 Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing
$ 25.00
400 available
Pre-Conference: Thursday, October 10
Pre-Conference Workshop: Thursday, October 10 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
$ 55.00
40 available