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      April 20, 2018

      Friday   8:30 AM

      1550 University Ave
      Morgantown, West Virginia 26506

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      WVCTE and NWP@WVU State Conference: The Power of Place

      Join the West Virginia Council of Teachers of English, the National Writing Project at WVU, the NCTE’eers, and educators and writers from across the country as we gather in Morgantown, West Virginia for the first annual WVCTE state-wide conference: Exploring the Power of Place. Celebrate the resources of home with featured speakers like Looking at Appalachia’s Roger May, our state poet laureate, Marc Harshman, authors Robert Gipe and Randi Ward, and Talks with Teachers podcaster and College Board advisor Brian Sztabnik. Teachers will have an opportunity to connect, collaborate, and grow together. Discover what Dawn, the protagonist in Robert Gipe’s novel, Trampoline, already knows: “The mountains seemed empty, but I knew they weren’t.” Together, we will explore the power of place.    FAQs What time does the conference begin and when does it end? For both Friday and Saturday, registration begins at 8:30 and sessions run from 9:00-4:00.  Attending both days is optional! Single day tickets available.   What accomodation options are available while I'm in town? There are several hotel accommodations in the Morgantown area. Some places we reccommend on the downtown campus include:  Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place 304-296-1700 (Distance from event 1.2 miles, driving required) Clarion Hotel Morgan on High Street 304-292-8200 (Distance from event .7 miles, walkable)  The Chestnut 304-777-4100 (Distance from event .3 miles, walkable)  What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? Parking is available in the Mountainlair parking garage. On Friday, WVU classes are in session and parking spaces in the garage may be limited. Credit or debit card is accepted in the Mountainlair parking garage, and on Saturday garage parking is free. For a short walk to the Mountainlair, check out Morgantwn Parking Authority for additional garages and lots.   We encourage you to explore and take advantage of this awesome college town!  What is WVCTE and why haven't I heard of you until now? The West Virginia Council of Teachers of English is a state affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). After an inspiring and transformative experience at NCTE annual convention in Washington, D.C. in 2013 and learning that West Virginia was one of only four states without an affiliate opportunity, teachers Jessica Salfia and Karla Hilliard decided it was time to revitalize this important network here at home in West Virginia. The mission of WVCTE is to connect English Language Arts educators of all levels and provide a professional experience that inspires and empowers us to do our best teaching so our students' learning matters and endures.  What is NWP@WVU and why haven't I heard of you until now? The National Writing Project at West Virginia University (NWP@WVU), a site of the National Writing Project, was established in 1987 as a public school and university partnership linking West Virginia University with Marion and Monongalia County Schools. Doddridge, Harrison and Preston Counties are now also a part of that partnership. NWP@WVU is a collaboration amongst the College of Education and Human Services, the Department of English in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, and its partner school districts. Some 275 Teachers Consultants have been trained to work with teachers and administrators to promote writing and classroom research in sixty schools. The National Writing Project at West Virginia University focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Please email us at, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter @WVCTE. 

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