Join the West Virginia Council of Teachers of English, the National Writing Project at WVU, the NCTE’eers, and educators and writers from across the country as we gather in Morgantown, West Virginia for the first annual WVCTE state-wide conference: Exploring the Power of Place.

Celebrate the resources of home with featured speakers like Looking at Appalachia’s Roger May, our state poet laureate, Marc Harshman, authors Robert Gipe and Randi Ward, and Talks with Teachers podcaster and College Board advisor Brian Sztabnik.

Teachers will have an opportunity to connect, collaborate, and grow together. Discover what Dawn, the protagonist in Robert Gipe’s novel, Trampoline, already knows: “The mountains seemed empty, but I knew they weren’t.”

Together, we will explore the power of place.

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What accommodation options are available while I’m in town?

More details available in the fall. Look for a group code to book accommodations at the Morgantown Marriott (formerly Waterfront Place Hotel).

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

More details available in the fall. Look for information about shuttle services for Friday’s workshops.

What is WVCTE and why haven’t I heard of you until now?

The West Virginia Council of Teachers of English is a state affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). After an inspiring and transformative experience at NCTE annual convention in Washington, D.C. in 2013 and learning that West Virginia was one of only four states without an affiliate opportunity, teachers Jessica Salfia and Karla Hilliard decided it was time to revitalize this important network here at home in West Virginia. The mission of WVCTE is to connect English Language Arts educators of all levels and provide a professional experience that inspires and empowers us to do our best teaching so our students’ learning matters and endures.

What is NWP@WVU and why haven’t I heard of you until now?

The National Writing Project at West Virginia University (NWP@WVU), a site of the National Writing Project, was established in 1987 as a public school and university partnership linking West Virginia University with Marion and Monongalia County Schools. Doddridge, Harrison and Preston Counties are now also a part of that partnership. NWP@WVU is a collaboration amongst the College of Education and Human Services, the Department of English in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, and its partner school districts.

Some 275 Teachers Consultants have been trained to work with teachers and administrators to promote writing and classroom research in sixty schools. The National Writing Project at West Virginia University focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email us at wvcte15@gmail.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter @WVCTE.

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