Lesley faculty promoted literacy, won awards and recognized notable children’s literature at the National Council of Teachers of English 2017 conference, held in St. Louis, Missouri, in November.
The conference brings together thousands of educators each year to discuss literacy, connect with authors and learn from other educators in more than 600 sessions and workshops.
“I try to attend NCTE every year,” said Brooke Eisenbach, assistant professor of Middle and Secondary Education at Lesley. “It provides a space for connection with colleagues, reflection on my experiences as a classroom and collegiate educator, and insights into current practice in engaging diverse learners.”
Lesley creative writing faculty and award-winning author Jason Reynolds delivered the keynote address at the Children’s Book Award Luncheon, which recognizes outstanding titles published in 2017.
Lesley professors Mary Ann Cappiello and Erika Dawes, co-authors of the popular Classroom Bookshelf blog, announced awards for the best nonfiction and fiction titles of the year.
Dr. Cappiello, chair of the Orbis Pictus Award Committee, announced that Jason Chin’s “Grand Canyon” was her group’s pick for the 2018 Outstanding Nonfiction for Young People award. Writing, reading and promoting such literature as educators is important in the cultural climate, Cappiello said.
“We’re a nation disrupted by our informational literacy crisis. Science is questioned. Data ignored. History pushed to the margins,” she said. “Our work has never been more important.”
Dr. Dawes, chair of the Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Committee, announced the five honor books, eight recommended titles and the 2018 winner, “After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again,” by Dan Santat.