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National Council of Teachers of English

November 19, 2010

Today starts the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE–, the country’s largest teacher organization of language arts, English and composition.  It is being held at the Coronado Springs Resort on the Disney property.  Last night I had the great honor and pleasure of having dinner with the wonderful Pat Mora, author of dozens of books–some of my favorite collections of poems like Aunt Carmen’s Book of Practical Saints and Agua Santa and also one of the best memoirs ever House of Houses.  Do check her beautiful website out and see the amazing catalog of children’s books she has created–  She is a great advocate for literacy, especially attentive to the Spanish/English bilingual children.  She championed El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Libros–celebrated every April 30 to encourage reading in our communities.

Pat Mora photo(photo credit Cheron Bayna)

Pat will be speaking to teachers at the conference and signing books; if you are going to NCTE, try to catch up with her–you’ll be so glad you did.

NCTE’s Latino/a Caucus will be co-hosting the “Cultural Event” tonight at 7:00 p.m. (until 8:00) in the Coronado Springs Resort Yucatan Room #1.  The University of Central Florida’s salsa dance group, Latin Rhythm will be performing and there will also be a reading from a student in the MFA program.  Check out the Latin Rhythm group on Facebook–

I’m presenting at 2:45 tomorrow–here’s the info:

Session: J.10 – 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm 11/20/2010 Format: Panel
Room: Coronado Springs Resort/Sierra Room 1,2 Topic: Literature
Level(s): General (proposals of interest at all instructional levels)
Strand(s): Rainbow Strand
(Sponsoring Group: Standing Committee on International Concerns)
As teachers and students develop their literate lives, Hispanic literature is critical to understanding ourselves, our communities, and our country. Three Hispanic authors discuss their lives, their challenges, and their searches for identity focusing upon social and cultural issues that arise from interactions with powerful Hispanic literature in classrooms.

Chair:  Barbara Greybeck, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
Presenter:  Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes, University of Central Florida, Orlando , ‘Dealing with Cultural Differences’
  Beatriz Rivera, Pennsylvania State University, Dunmore , ‘Creating Strong Latina Characters’


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