advocacy

Write to Fight

As NCTE’s National Day on Writing approaches, I’ve been reflecting on writing, its power, its many forms. But also, on how my own writing has changed and why teaching writing is more important now than ever. Many of us write to make sense of the world. And that’s our goal Read more…

By Jessica Salfia, ago
Blog

We Are All Barnacle Goose Chicks

By Jessica Salfia It’s August which means across America teachers and school employees everywhere are preparing their classrooms, writing lesson plans, attending professional developments and county in-services, and laminating…well, everything. I recently saw on teacher twitter someone call August the “Sunday of Summer.” And this is true. I spend most Read more…

By Jessica Salfia, ago
Appalachian Studies

Look at Me Lines

By Jessica Salfia On April 20-21, 2018 WVCTE co-hosted along with NWP@WVU our first annual WVELA conference. This event featured some incredible teachers, speakers, presenters, and writers who inspired the ELA teachers of West Virginia all weekend. (And don’t worry–a blog post laden with ALL the #WVELA18 reflections and feels Read more…

By Jessica Salfia, ago
advocacy

What We Deserve

By Jessica Salfia In 1990 I was 9 years old, and my mom, a single parent, was a day to day sub in Barbour County, West Virginia.  We lived in a trailer that was already well past its prime—a tin box that was hot in the summer and cold in Read more…

By Jessica Salfia, ago