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Looking Forward to the 2015 NCTE Annual Convention!

Minneapolis skyline in watercolorIf you are like me, we are soon going to join thousands of other educators, administrators, curriculum coordinators, teacher educators, and education professionals in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the NCTE Annual Convention. Here are the Top 10 things you to do to prepare for this conference.

  1. Join the #nctechat Twitter Conversation on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at 8 p.m. ET. The topic for the chat is the Convention theme, “Promoting Responsibility, Creativity, and the Arts of Language”. The chat will be hosted by local committee chair Sandy Hayes (@sjhayes8) as well as Sarah Gross (@thereadingzone). This chat always gets me even more excited about the upcoming Convention!
  2. Go through the physical program book, online program PDF or searchable program, or download the mobile app (iOS or Android) and plan your schedule. It’s nice to know what each day might look like. That said, have some back-up sessions or events selected. It’s helpful to refer to the map as well.
  3. Plan to attend the General Sessions to see and hear nationally-known speakers.
  4. Make sure to wear your badge. It’s what you need to get into the Exhibit Hall and attend sessions and events.
  5. Visit NCTE Central, the NCTE bookstore, to purchase thought-provoking texts about literacy research and practice. While you’re there, browse our journals and other professional learning resources and talk with our staff about any membership questions you may have.
  6. Check out our new space called Experience NCTE. As you enter the Exhibit Hall, be sure to stop by our learning lounge where you can talk with NCTE staff and volunteers about our latest projects and initiatives.
  7. Engage with colleagues during and after the NCTE Annual Convention via social media! Engage in conversations and discussions in the NCTE Connected Community. Connect via the NCTE Facebook page and NCTE Twitter, using the Convention hashtag #NCTE15. Follow along on Instagram to see photos and videos from the Convention and other gatherings.
  8. Make time to visit the Exhibit Hall. The exhibit hall is a place where you can meet authors, find resources for your classroom, and talk with other attendees.
  9. Wear comfortable shoes and consider wearing layers. You will be walking a great deal, from your hotel to the Convention Center, to and from sessions and meetings, and throughout the Exhibit Hall. Dressing in layers helps adjust to differing room temperatures.
  10. Take time to visit the city! The Minneapolis/St. Paul area has a vibrant arts and culture scene. There is also a Skyway System which is a pedestrian walkway system that is located on the second level of buildings located in downtown Minneapolis – and it’s climate controlled!

But most of all, enjoy yourself! I hope to see you at the 2015 NCTE Annual Convention as we look at “Responsibility, Creativity, and the Arts of Language” in Minneapolis.