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Think Spring 2022

May 7, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Free – $20.00

Think Spring 2022

Care and Criticality During Uncertain Times

In a year full of challenges within and surrounding the profession of teaching, the Michigan Council of Teachers of English wants to show you our appreciation for giving of yourself to your students. On May 7, 2022, we are hosting a webinar titled, “Care and Criticality During Uncertain Times.”

The webinar is FREE to MCTE members and the first 25 members to register will receive a copy of Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin and a copy of My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem.

Not a member of MCTE yet? No problem! Sign up to attend the conference and receive membership through October 2022 at a reduced rate!

Not sure if you are a member? Membership is included with registration to MCTE’s Fall Conference. Did you attend MCTE’s Virtual Fall Conference on October 16, 2021? If so, you are an MCTE member and you need not purchase a new membership.

Care and Criticality During Uncertain Times

Schedule of Sessions

We’ll begin the day with a welcome and quick check-in. Then we’ll move to breakout sessions to learn together. Join us to feel connected and reenergized for the work ahead.

Let’s Talk Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin

Bryan Ripley Crandall and Paul W. Hankins

Bryan Ripley Crandall, Director of CWP-Fairfield, CT, and teacher-leader, Paul Hankins, recognize the life of teachers has been hard to put into words of late, yet, here, with AIN’T BURNED ALL THAT BRIGHT (2022), Reynolds & Griffin offer light. Let’s gather to talk about teaching, art, narrative, poetry, and hope. We’d love for you to join us in conversation about this book – all you have to do is read (well, experience) it. You won’t regret it.

Healing from Harm by Recognizing Ourselves in Systems

Naitnaphit Limlamai and Christina Ponzio

This session will feature My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem.

In this session, participants will reflect on ways their socialized intersectional identities have engaged with white supremacy and how an awareness of these contributions can lead to healing and accountability. They will also have the opportunity to claim their agency to heal personally and professionally in an effort to cultivate more humanizing teaching, learning and living experiences.

#TeachLivingPoets Pop Up Poetry

Melissa Alter Smith

This session will lead participants through Pop Up Poetry writing prompts that facilitate building a community of writers and that allow us to develop personal voice through language play. Through interacting with mentor texts by living poets, pre-writing strategies, and poetry prompts, participants are provided with fresh ideas and resources they can take back to their classrooms and implement tomorrow.

Fall Conference Proposal Generating Space

Our Fall Conference 2022 call for proposals is open! Join us to brainstorm, collaborate, and plan a proposal to present in October 2022.


May 7, 2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free – $20.00


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