Sign up now for the CLAS conference! (Oct. 7)

The Colorado Language Arts Society, a professional association of educators in English studies, Literacy, and Language Arts, is holding their Regional Fall Conference on October 7, 2017 at the Tivoli Student Union in Denver. This year’s featured keynote speakers are Newbery Award-winning author Matt de la Peña, education author and teacher Dave Stuart, Jr., and poet Toluwanimi Obiwole.

In addition to the keynote sessions, attendees have several choices during each of two seventy-five-minute conference sessions on a variety of subjects related to teaching, reading, writing, and critical literacy that will excite your imagination and inspire your life as a reader and educator. At the end of the day, attendees will receive a certificate of completion for eight hours of professional development activities applicable toward Colorado license renewal.

Registration is $65 for pre-service and first-year teachers, and $98 for all other attendees. The cost includes a catered brown-bag lunch and one year’s membership in Colorado Language Arts Society. Registration is open at

Conference Opportunity: Colorado Language Arts Society Regional Conference

The following is a guest post from Mead High School Teacher and Colorado Language Arts Society President Jamie Hedlun.

Poster for Registration for conference featuring quotes from key speakers.

October 15, veteran, mid-career, and novice teachers alike will be attending the Colorado Language Arts Society’s Regional Conference. This is a conference known to have a tradition of excellence with a focus on teacher engagement. Our theme is “For the Love of Teaching: Reclaiming the Classroom”.

Past speakers have included as Penny Kittle, Carol Jago, and even Patricia McCormick. Presenters have included teachers, professors, cherished authors, representatives from NCTE as well. Session topics include technology integration, how to teach fiction, how to teach informational texts, implementing the Common Core and more.

We are excited to announce that we have Taylor Mali, a poet and teacher, Jimmy Santiago Baca, a popular poet and speaker, as well as Sarah Brown Wessling, the 2010 Teacher of the Year.

Teachers who attend will have a variety of professional development options with titles including “Mixing Pop Culture and the Classics –  The Sweet and Bitter using Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’”, “Stop Grading: Alternatives to Traditional Grading to Reclaim Your Classroom as Space for Your Students as Learners Instead of Point Collectors”, and “What’s New in YA?” Teachers from all levels will be sharing their expertise with attendees.

As SVVSD teachers, we value standards based teaching. We also understand, in order to reach our students, we must use new strategies and evidence-based research to improve our teaching practices. The 2016 CLAS conference is for us to accomplish this, while providing choice and differentiation for the teacher.

Every professional has differing needs; one of the neat features about our conference is that your needs will be met whether you need rejuvenation, new ideas, or time to share and learn with teachers outside of your department, school, and even district.

Registration is open and includes membership of the Colorado Language Arts Society for one year. Lunch will be included and there will be book giveaways, time to mingle with our keynote speakers, as well as an ice cream social at the end giving participants time to debrief and discuss the day’s events. I am eager to attend this year’s conference and spend time with other dedicated professionals who want to improve their teaching as well.

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