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Contributed by Jeane Copenhaver-Johnson on 09/17/2012
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is pleased to announce that Ithaca College (NY) professors Linda Hanrahan and Elizabeth Bleicher will be speaking at the 2012 Annual Convention. Hanrahan (Education) and Bleicher (English) are presenting on "Igniting Student Interest: Teaching Creatively in an Era of Standards." Two Ithaca College Alumnae complete the panel: Melissa Blitzstein (English '08, M.A.T. '09) from Mount Olive High School (NJ) and Jennifer Bartlett (English Education '01) from Romulus Central School (NY). Their session explores the importance of fostering student engagement in the secondary English classroom, makes the case for incorporating creativity, inquiry, and a sense of playful rigor within teaching, and will demonstrate several activities and strategies. The session will be held from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM on Friday, November 16, 2012. Each year, the NCTE Annual Convention draws thousands of K-12 teachers, college faculty, administrators, and other educational professionals from around the world. The 2012 Annual Convention will be held November 15-18, in Las Vegas, Nevada.