Welcome!

Today’s conference is all about joy and celebrating the amazing things teachers are doing in their classrooms. We are glad you could join us!

The event will take place on the third floor of the Mott Library on the campus of Mott Community College. Please park in Lot A in front of the Mott Library. There are no parking fees or permits required for our conference.

Below you will find our schedule for the day and links to any materials from our presenters. If you would like SCECHs for today’s event, please be sure to pick up the paperwork at registration and return it to the registration table at the end of the day. If you have questions or need assistance navigating the Mott Library, please find one of our volunteers in an MCTE t-shirt. Enjoy your day!

Click here to view a map of the Mott Community College campus. (The Mott Library is at the bottom center of the map.)

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8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Check-In and Breakfast

Mott Library, 3rd Floor

9:00 AM – 9:30AM

Keynote Address

Featuring Mitch Nobis, Teacher and Author

What’s Happening?
In a world where books are pulled off school shelves and teachers are measured by for-profit test scores (and 100 other wackadoodle factors impacting education in the 21st century), being a literacy educator goes from just an intensely hard job to an act of heroism. Teachers are amazing, and teacher-writer Mitch Nobis will talk about what’s on our minds, what’s happening, and where we go from here as literacy educators in 2024.

Mott Library 3rd Floor, Room 3104

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Celebrating MCTE’s 2023-2024 Award Recipients!

Mott Library 3rd Floor, Room 3104

Morning Breakout Sessions

Choose a session to attend below.

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Bringing Books and Children Together: Creating a Lifelong Literary Bond

Frances Smith, Washington-Parks Academy

How can we get young children motivated to read for enjoyment and not just for knowledge in the early elementary grades? At this session, teachers will learn how they can set up and create classroom libraries in their classrooms. The presenter will also share resources for acquriring book donations that can be given to students for their own home reading libraries.

Materials Link

Mott Library 3rd Floor, Room 3104

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Literary Liberation: Elevating Engagement and Comprehension through Independent Reading

Hawanya Urquhart, Liberty Middle School, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools

This interactive workshop will demonstrate how reading engagement and comprehension can be heightened through independent reading. Participants will discover dynamic strategies and lessons which foster a love for literature and empower students with lifelong skills. Participants should bring a copy of middle grade or young adult novel to use during the workshop.

Materials Link

Mott Library 3rd Floor, Room 3108

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

10 Ways to Teach About the Climate Crisis in Your Class on Monday

Allen Webb, Western Michigan University; Dawn Reed, Okemos High School; Bridget Booth, Haslett Middle School; Denise Keele, Director of Michigan Climate Action Network

In this session, we will share hands-on ideas and resources to inspire students to care about the climate crisis. Using writing, digital media, literature including picture books, short stories, literary classics, young adult fiction, and “cli-fi,” we center climate justice, local and global impacts, and student voice.

Materials Link

Mott Library 3rd Floor, Room 3103

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Lunch

Update from MCTE’s Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Equity (DIJE) Chairs

Honoring Gary D. Schmidt, Michigan Author

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

The SBS selection committee proudly announces Gary D. Schmidt as this year’s SBS/MCTE Award recipient. Gary Schmidt is the highly regarded author of twenty books for young people.

 

Mott Library 3rd Floor, Room 3104

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Choose a session to attend below.

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Author Talk with Gary D. Schmidt, Michigan Author

In this session, Gary Schmidt will discuss the evolution of his narratives and characters and also describe his own writing process. Time for questions and answers and a book signing will follow.

Materials Link

Mott Library 3rd Floor, Reading Room

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Let’s Say Gay! 

Natalie Popadich, Grand Blanc High School

Michigan teachers don’t face the legal restrictions that teachers in other states do, but are we sharing the voices of LGBTQ+ writers with our students? When do LGBTQ+ students get to see themselves in the curriculum? Is the representation only tragic? This presentation allows teachers to share their approaches and learn new ways to celebrate queer voices.

Materials Link

Mott Library 3rd Floor, Room 3104

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Cultivating a Joyful Journey in the ELA Classroom Through Collaboration and Creativity

Geryl Lobert, Chippewa Hills High School

Explore the transformative power of collaboration and creativity in cultivating a joyful English classroom. The presenter will share how collaboration is a catalyst for joyful teaching, even in the toughest of times. We examine three best-practice, empowering, writing activities that foster creativity, critical thinking skills, and gratification for you and your students.

Materials Link

Mott Library 3rd Floor, Room 3108

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Creative Writing Student Showcase!

Join us at the end of the day for a showcase featuring high school students reading and performing their creative writing pieces from MCTE’s concurrent workshop for high school writers.

Mott Library 3rd Floor, Room 3104