Middle school teachers present at council

In November, three area teachers presented at the National Council for Teachers of English Annual Convention in Boston. Haley Shaffer and Abby Aebischer, both eighth-grade Language Arts teachers at Poland Middle School, and Meg Silver, of South Side Middle School in Columbiana, hosted the panel, “Going Graphic: Real Genres, Real Tools, Real Teachers.”

The participants’ description of the panel reads, “Does technology have you overwhelmed? Are you conflicted about the bells and whistles? And wondering how to explore 21 century genres? This classroom demonstration will give you a safe place to interact with real visual and digital genres. We will examine the visual and offer multiple differentiated technological strategies and artifacts for every experience level.”

Each year, the NCTE Annual Convention draws thousands of elementary and secondary educators, college faculty, administrators and other educational professionals from around the world to participate in four days of learning and programming. NCTE attendees hear presentations from award-winning speakers, attend thought-provoking sessions, share best practices and receive dozens of the newest books.

The National Council for Teachers of English, with 35,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and language arts at all levels of education.

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