by: Jessica Salfia, WVCTE President


Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

Welcome back RETURNING WVCTE Members!

And a special welcome to our NEW WVCTE members!



Classes around the state (and the country) are finally back in session…


And we at WVCTE are gearing up for what looks to be the most exciting year for our young affiliate yet!  Last year was an extraordinary year for West Virginia teachers and WVCTE. From winning a website of excellence award to co-hosting our first ever state conference, the WVCTE community has been revitalized and energized and is looking forward to an exciting year.

As you forge bravely ahead (like a barnacle goose chick) into a new school year, be sure to take advantage of the collaboration opportunities WVCTE has to offer. We are building this community of educators together to make our teaching, our classrooms, our students, ourselves, and our West Virginia stronger.

Check out what’s up and coming this year in the WVCTE Community:


New Voices on the Blog!

We are happy to announce that our award-winning blog has some new and talented teacher voices sharing what works in their classrooms. You can read all about our new bloggers here! And don’t forget to check the blog archives for lessons that work or for classroom tested resources.


We would love to share your voice on the blog anytime! Guest posts are always welcome. See the guidelines here.


October 2018: West Virginia Book Festival

WVCTE will be at the West Virginia Book Festival! We will have a booth at the festival where we will be selling shirts and passing out information about our organization. Stop by and connect with us!  We’ll be spreading English teacher joy and waiting for a chance to see Kwame Alexander! (He’ll be at the Book Festival on Saturday!)


Friday, October 26th join us in the Charleston area for a social hour and meet & greet! Details, location, and time coming soon!


November 15-18: NCTE Convention, Houston, TX


WVCTE has been awarded an Affiliate of Excellence Award and an Affiliate Membership Award!  

(Live footage of the WVCTE Executive Committee below:)


If you plan on being in Houston for NCTE18, buy an affiliate breakfast ticket and join us at the WVCTE table to celebrate!


And, WVCTE will be repping all weekend in Houston. WVCTE Executive Committee Members are presenting on various panels and presentations throughout the weekend. Stay tuned for more information!


March 29-30, 2019: WVELA19, A West Virginia For All: Creating Diverse and Inclusive ELA Classrooms

We are thrilled to once again be co-hosting the WVELA Conference with NWP@WVU. This year’s conference will focus on diversity, and is already shaping up to be an extraordinary event. In addition to master teachers from around the state and country sharing sessions, we are beyond excited to be featuring the following guest speakers:



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This upcoming year is ringing with anticipation!

But the thing I’m most looking forward to?

Watching the English teachers of West Virginia continue to connect and grow into a formidable community.  Not only last year’s WVCTE successes, but also the extraordinary Teacher Work Action of February and March have proven that the West Virginia teacher is mighty.  It will be in our classrooms that we make West Virginia (and the world) the place we all know it can be.

So welcome back and if you’re new, welcome to this incredible movement and this community.  Let’s make 2018-2019 the best school year yet.




WVCTE is wondering….

What are YOU looking forward to this year? Will we see you at our conference in March? Find us on Facebook, email, or tweet us and let us know how we can connect!



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