By Karla Hilliard
These past four years, Jess and I have collaborated with a core team of teachers who serve on the WVCTE Executive Committee. Together, we have worked to re-establish the West Virginia affiliate of NCTE in order to do the important work of connecting teachers across the state.
It has been and remains our true privilege to share our central message and belief in teacher voice, teacher expertise, and grassroots professional learning. Teachers across West Virginia continue to express how meaningful it is to connect and collaborate with like minded teachers and to engage in the wonderful push and pull of shared knowledge and passion.
And we couldn’t agree more. Leading WVCTE has given us some of our proudest, most important professional experiences. The WVELA state conference, co-hosted with National Writing Project at WVU and NCTE’EERS, provides WV ELA teachers some of the best and highest quality professional learning anywhere, and the WVCTE Best Practices Blog continues to expand its content and reach.
This year and last, we have been honored to receive a NCTE Affiliate Excellence award, Web Site of Excellence award, and Kent D. Williamson Membership award. This year, WVCTE was only 1 of 5 affiliates to be named an Affiliate of Excellence.
But we still have work to do.
WVCTE currently has members in 45 of West Virginia’s 55 counties, but we want to reach teachers in all 55. We still hear quite often, “This is wonderful, but we didn’t know this opportunity existed!” or “Why the heck haven’t we heard of WVCTE until now?!”
We want to change that.
If you live in or near the eastern panhandle, WVCTE leadership is hosting an informational meeting and best practices book swap the evening of October, 24 at 6:00 PM in the Spring Mills High School media center. All you have to do is show up and bring a book you love teaching or sharing with students.
And, if you’re in the Charleston area next weekend, October 4-5, WVCTE will be at the West Virginia Book Festival, and we would LOVE to meet you there, too! Stop by, learn more about WVCTE, talk shop, and snag a snazzy t-shirt.
WVCTE is hopeful about the path ahead and the ways that, together, we can impact teacher and student learning. And we want you to join us! Reach out, connect, and join us for a year of meaningful learning. We stand firm in our belief that we are one another’s greatest resource.
Here’s to learning and growing together.
–Karla, Co-Director WVCTE