Teaching through a Pandemic: Resources for Educators

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Click here for the most recent state-wide updates on school closings, assessment cancellations, and more. 
Click here for awesome resources for teaching online from NCTE.
Click here for 25 sources of free public domain books, which provide resources for educators of all levels and content areas.
The College Board is making decisions about SAT testing and AP testing. Stay on top of that info here.

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33rd Annual Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing

FCTE encourages all FL ELA teachers to consider attending the 33rd Annual Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing. The conference dates this year are June 29 – July 2, 2020, at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida.  This conference is co-sponsored by Alabama's Regional Inservice Centers.  


As of right now, GCCTW is moving forward with this conference. There is still a chance of cancellation due to COVID-19. 


Keynote Speakers

June 30, Ms. Linda Rourke, Regional Director with Collaborative Classroom, a nonprofit organization based in the Bay Area in California.  A former high school English teacher, Linda has spent the last 30 years working in classrooms, with teachers, and with school and district leaders to better understand the intersection of social emotional learning and early literacy instruction and its impact on children.  Linda offers leadership and program support through presentations, keynotes, workshops, institutes, and other professional learning experiences. 


July 1, Dr. Kim Roberts, an education consultant with The Center for the Collaborative Classroom.  Kim has more than twenty-five years’ experience teaching in K-12 and university classrooms.  Dr. Roberts received her Ph.D in Educational Leadership from Mississippi State University.  She is formerly the director of the Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute and has extensive experience with teachers to support teaching and learning.  She has authored or co-authored articles and chapters for publication and has developed and written a variety of curriculum and professional development materials. 


July 2, Dr. Troy Hicks, a professor of Literacy and Technology at Central Michigan University and focuses his work on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, and teacher education and professional development.  He is a former middle school teacher, collaborates with K-12 colleagues, and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms.  Dr. Hicks is Director of Chippewa River Writing Project and is the author of Crafting Digital Writing, The Digital Writing Workshop, co-author of Because Digital Writing Matters, and Create, Compose, Connect!  He has a blog at Digital Writing, Digital Teaching. 


Conference Schedule


Monday, June 29, 2020                                                                                    

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.               Registration—Bayview Room                          


Tuesday, June 30, 2020                   

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                Registration/Exhibits

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.              Keynote Address — Ms. Linda Rourke                    

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.             Concurrent Sessions                                                                                

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.               Luncheon                                                                

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.               Writing Workshop — Ms. Linda Rourke                   


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                Registration/Exhibits

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.              Keynote Address — Dr. Kim Roberts

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.             Concurrent Sessions

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                Writing Workshop — Dr. Kim Roberts


Thursday, July 2, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.               Registration/Exhibits

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.              Keynote Address — Dr. Troy Hicks

10:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.             Writing Workshop — Dr. Troy Hicks



The room block frequently sells out, so make room reservations as soon as possible!  Arrangements for lodging (special conference rate of $170 [Bayside reg rm] $210 [Bayside 1 bdrm] $220 [Luau studio] $250 [Luau 1 bdrm] + tax for up to four persons) should be made directly with the Sandestin Group Reservations Office at 800-320-8115 before May 29, 2020.  To receive this special rate, please mention Group Code: 24AOE1.


If interested in attending, make your lodging reservations and send in your registration form and/or call for presentation form.  


Check out our conference webpage: https://www.troy.edu/academics/colleges-schools/education/southeast-alabama-regional-inservice-center/gulf-coast-conference.html    

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February 2021

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