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Professional Oraganizations for English Teachers

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The Pennsylvania Council for Teachers of English and Language Arts

The Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (PCTELA), a professional organization committed to promoting literacy and lifelong learning, empowers and inspires educators through professional development and collegial communication.


PCTELA Hosts the NCTE Annual Conference in 2009

PCTELA is serving as the host affiliate for NCTE 2009 in Philadelphia.   This will be an exciting even and there will be a special opportunity for PCTELA members to work the conference in exchange for free registration and other amenities, including extra Act 48 hours.


Click here for annual conference information. If you are interested in working on the conference, please click here for an application form.

 The National Council of Teachers of English


The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. Since 1911, NCTE has provided a forum for the profession, an array of opportunities for teachers to continue their professional growth throughout their careers, and a framework for cooperation to deal with issues that affect the teaching of English.


NCTE Presents: The 2009 Annual Conference

Once and Future Classics: Reading Between the Lines

In 1787, fifty-five delegates gathered in Philadelphia for the Constitutional Convention. November 19-22, 2009, NCTE will host its convention in this historic city. As in 1787, the air will be rich with ideas and argument — point and counterpoint — and crackling with excitement. The theme of the conference, “Once and Future Classics: Reading Between the Lines,” is designed to inspire courageous conversations about traditional and contemporary literature and foster lively discussions of how we teach as well as what we teach.


Connect to Conference Information Here

Seriously, you just gotta go to an NCTE conference!  I’ve attended two of the recent conferences (Pittsburgh and New York), and I’ve seen Amy Tan, Frank McCourt, Laurie Halse Anderson, Chris Crutcher, Jerry Spinelli, Yann Martel, and so many more authors.  I’ve had my books signed by Laurie Halse Anderson, Francis Bok (author of Escape from Slavery), Ishmael Beah (author of A Long Way Gone), Georgia Heard (author of my favorite writing book Writing Toward Home). You will literally walk away from an NCTE conference with a suitcase full of lesson plans, curriculum ideas, free books, posters, DVDs, and so much more.

 The Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project

The Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project (PAWLP) is one of the oldest and largest sites of the National Writing Project a professional development network for teachers. Our model of "teachers teaching teachers" offers practical ideas for today's educators. 


PAWLP offers a wide variety of three-credit and one-credit courses and in-service programs in teaching writing, teaching literature, writing/reading connections, authentic assessment, and special topics of current interest. These courses and in-service programs are offered at West Chester University and in sponsoring school districts and Intermediate Units throughout the Delaware Valley area.


To check out what is happening through PAWLP this year, CLICK HERE!

You can also check out PAWLP's blog by CLICKING HERE!

The International Society for Technology in Education

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the trusted source for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation. A nonprofit membership organization, ISTE provides leadership and service to improve teaching, learning, and school leadership by advancing the effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education. Home of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), the Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology (CARET), and the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), ISTE represents more than 85,000 professionals worldwide. We support our members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of transforming education.  

Why attend NECC?

At ISTE's NECC Conference, there is knowledge everywhere you turn! Whether in the more than 300 Formal and Hands-on Sessions, the Informal Learning Lounges and Playgrounds, or in the vast Exhibit Hall , complete with information and training sessions of their own.


Who should attend NECC?

NECC provides leadership development for the whole education team. There is literally professional development for every level of Ed Tech professional. Use our Custom Program Search to find sessions based on your job description (Audience Type), or look for something to "stretch your wings," by searching on Themes and Strands or Category.


The PA Association for Educational Communications and Technology 

The PA Association for Educational Communications and Technology (PAECT) is a regional affiliate of the ISTE and is a dynamic professional organization offering leadership and networking opportunities to professionals throughout the Commonwealth by nurturing the exchange of ideas, information, resources, and emerging developments in current technology issues.


The PAECT is one of the sponsors for:

The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference

Connect to Conference Information Here

The Consortium for School Networking

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is the country’s premier voice for K-12 education leaders who use technology strategically to improve teaching and learning. CoSN provides products and services to support leadership development, advocacy, coalition building, and awareness of emerging technologies.



Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference (TED)


TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.


The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).The site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free. More than 200 talks from our archive are now available, with more added each week.


Membership is FREE and gives you access to videos and presentations by Al Gore, Amy Tan, Isabel Allende, and so many more!

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