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Think Spring 2024

March 9 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

$25.00 – $70.00

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Join MCTE on Saturday, March 9 for our annual Think Spring Conference:

Sowing Seeds of Joyful Learning: English Teachers in Full Bloom

It’s time to celebrate! Join MCTE for a conference that celebrates the joy of teaching, excellence in the classroom, and the possibilities of connecting. Learn more about the day below and register to reserve your spot.

Photo Credit: Franklin Nobis

Keynote Speaker:

Mitch Nobis, Writer and Teacher

Mitchell Nobis is a writer and K-12 teacher in Metro Detroit. He is a past president of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English and a co-director of the Red Cedar Writing Project. He facilitates the Teachers as Poets group for the National Writing Project, and he co-authored Real Writing: Modernizing the Old School Essay (Rowman & Littlefield). He is also a dad and husband and probably some other things.

His most recent short story appeared in Psaltery & Lyre, and his poetry has been nominated for awards by Whale Road Review, Nurture Literary, and Exposition Review. His poetry collection Beginning to Sense is forthcoming in 2025 (ELJ Editions), while his other two poetry manuscripts are still looking for publishers.

Links to much of his published work (both professional and creative) are at mitchnobis.com. You can find him at @MitchNobis on various social media platforms, but if you see him online, please yell at him to go finish writing his basketball novel instead.

A Celebration of Excellence in Teaching

We’ll take the opportunity in the morning to honor MCTE’s award recipients for 2023-2024!

A breakout session from MCTE23

Breakout Sessions

Attendees will choose from several breakout sessions in the morning and in the afternoon led by MCTE’s award-winning teachers and by special guest presenters.

Michigan Author Gary D. Schmidt

Special Guest:

Gary D. Schmidt, Author

Recipient of the 2023-2024 Stephens, Brown, Steffel Award for Young Adult Literature with a Michigan Connection

Gary D. Schmidt is the bestselling author of The Labors of Hercules BealJust Like That; National Book Award finalist Okay for Now; Pay Attention, Carter Jones; Orbiting Jupiter; the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor Book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy; and the Newbery Honor Book The Wednesday Wars. He lives in rural Michigan.

Poetry Performance

Join us at the end of the day for a poetry performance from selected high school writers attending the creative writing workshop (details below) held concurrently with Think Spring.

This event includes a continental breakfast and a box lunch.

SCECHs are available for this event.

Online registration closes at 11:59 PM EST on February 29, 2024. Registration refunds are not standard practice.  Refunds will not be given within 14 calendar days of the conference.

Are you a vendor? Unfortunately, our contracted space for the spring conference is not sufficient for vendors or book publishers. Watch this website or contact MCTE’s Executive Director Jim Kroll to learn more about vendor spaces for our fall conference.

MCTE’s Creative Writing Workshop

for High School Students*

Running Concurrently with Think Spring

High School Student Creative Writing Workshop Schedule

8:30-9:15am: Arrival & Breakfast

9:15-11:45am: Clinician Workshop with Lansing’s Poet Laureate Masaki Takahashi

11:45am-12:45pm: Lunch Break

12:45-3:00pm: Clinician Workshop with Lansing’s Poet Laureate Masaki Takahashi

3:15-4:00pm: Poetry Performance featuring selected students (families welcome to attend)

Costs for student attendance: $20 (includes breakfast, dinner, and copy of the creative writing book)

Learn more about submitting creative writing from high school students for this workshop here: mymcte.org/creative-writing. The deadline for submissions is February 2, 2024. Teachers with accepted students will receive a discounted code to attend MCTE’s Think Spring Conference.

Please contact MCTE if cost is prohibitive for a student to attend the workshops and performance.

* This event is by invitation. After MCTE member teachers submit student work, they will be notified as to which students are invited. to attend.

MCTE is pleased to announce that Masaki Takahashi, Poet Laureate of Lansing, will be this year’s workshop clinician at the High School Writing Workshop.


Masaki Takahashi holds the esteemed title of Lansing Poet Laureate and is widely recognized as the visionary behind the non-profit organization, The Poetry Room, as well as the esteemed host of The Poetry Room Open Mic. With a deep-rooted appreciation for hip hop and a discerning palate as a culinary enthusiast, Masaki derives immense satisfaction from sharing his love for poetry, particularly with students.

His influence transcends the realm of poetry, earning him a place among the “6 People to Watch: Leaders Making a Difference in Lansing’s Business Scene and Community,” as lauded by The Lansing State Journal in 2019. Masaki’s impact is felt far beyond his own verse; he has orchestrated and presided over events featuring esteemed poets such as Neil Hilborn, Ebony Stewart, Rudy Francisco, Natasha T. Miller, Beau Sia, Brenna Twohy, Olivia Gatwood, Megan Falley, Breeze The Poet, Phil Kaye, and a myriad of other distinguished artists. Moreover, his poetic works have been featured in numerous esteemed journals, and he has graced stages across the nation, participating in slams and captivating audiences as a featured performer.


March 9
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
$25.00 – $70.00


Mott Community College
1401 E Court St
Flint, MI 48503 United States
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(810) 762-0200


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