~by Carol Kelly
This was the opening message to all attendees at the National Council for Teachers of English conference. Teachers from all over the country assembled to attend sessions on the newest ideas for literacy, sample the latest online resources, pick up fiction and non-fiction hot- off- the- press and hear notable authors talk about their latest work. The organizers hoped that the teachers would return to their classrooms fired up with renewed enthusiasm and share all that they had learned from the exhibitions and presentations with their colleagues.
Folger Education hosted a booth in the Exhibition hall where we met with over 3000 teachers. Many were diehard Folger fans who use our website regularly and were keen to hear about our latest resources, workshop offerings, webinars and teacher materials. We also signed up 400 new subscribers to Bard Notes, our electronic newsletter and provided swag such as our Quoting Shakespeare poster, “Let them play” buttons, Folger Education pencils and bookmarks which list all our web addresses on the back to all who stopped by. The booth was hosted by Folger Education staff and alums from the Folger Teaching Shakespeare Institutes.
Folger Education also presented a series of sessions, Act 1 through 5 covering pre-reading, language activities, technology, film and video, and assessment tools. All the sessions were interactive and well attended. Lucretia Anderson, our Elementary Coordinator also presented a new session on teaching Shakespeare to students in grades 3 through 6. More than 580 attended our six sessions over the weekend! This was well received and promises well for the planned conference on this topic scheduled for June 2103.
We’re looking forward to NCTE 2013, and hope to see you there!