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 clas2017.eventbrite.com.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Secondary ELA Online Office Hours

With almost 450 sq. miles of district, it can be difficult to get to everyone and answer everyone’s questions. In an attempt to provide greater access and increase communication, the ELA office will be starting online office hours. Any SVVSD teacher with questions or ideas about English Language Arts in the district can jump in and get assistance or share an insight during office hours.

Details are below, followed by screen shots for those new to Hangouts.

THE DETAILS

When: First and Third Thursdays August – October, 2:30 – 4 PM

Where: gChat in your email page or hangouts.google.com, search for Zachary Chase

What: Any question, idea, or collaborative need you might have about helping our students improve as readers, writers, and communicators.

STEPS

  1. Head to hangouts.google.com
  2. Click “Sign In” in the upper-right corner of the page.
  3. Log in with your SVVSD credentials.
  4. Click on “New Conversation.”
  5. Type chase_zachary and select my email address when it pops up.
  6. A chat window will open. Start typing, hit enter, and the conversation will start.

While I’m setting up these office hours to have dedicated time to respond to teachers across the district, Hangouts are always operational and a speedy avenue for reaching out an getting answers as questions come up in your classroom.