Spring Conference

MCTE’s Spring Conference

April 26 – 27, 2018
Holiday Inn & Suites
75 South 37th Avenue, St Cloud, MN

Teaching for the Heart and Soul: Engaging and Inspiring Our Students

Introducing Our Keynote Speakers:
Kao Kalia Yang (Thursday), a panel discussion including Linda Grover, Dawn Quigley, and Jim Knutson-Kolodzne (Thursday), and Jennifer Buehler, Ph.D. (Friday)!



Sample Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 26, 2018

8:00 — Registration and Breakfast

9:15 — Speaker

10:30 — Breakout Session #1

11:45 — Lunch with Speaker

1:30 — Breakout Session #2

2:45 — Breakout Session #3

4:00 — MCTE Social and Annual Meeting

Friday, April 27, 2018

8:00 — Registration and Breakfast

9:00 — Morning Ignite Session

9:30 — Breakout Session #4

10:45 — Breakout Session #5

12:00 — Lunch with Speaker

What texts speak to our students? How might we create a culturally responsive class? In what ways can we make students feel empowered through literacy? What practices are most likely to lead to a lifelong love of reading and writing? How can we motivate our students who don’t see the “point” of an English class? What methods can we use to help our struggling students be successful?

During this year’s MCTE fall workshop, Kylene Beers & Robert Probst discussed a troubling trend in today’s classrooms: apathy. Join us at the 2018 Spring Conference so we can learn together and tackle this issue.

Breakout sessions, keynotes, and a panel discussion will all focus on the theme “Teaching for the Heart and Soul: Engaging and Inspiring Our Students.” By the end of the two-day conference, you will be able to return to your classrooms with lessons, strategies, book recommendations, etc. to improve the relevancy of your curriculum for your students. Ideas for increasing the confidence of struggling students will also be added to your toolbox. This opportunity to collaborate with teachers from across the state to promote a lifelong love of reading and writing is one you will not want to miss!

Check out past events and resources on our conference wiki.


Holiday Inn & Suites reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 320-253-9000. Refer to the MN Council of Teachers of English Block for a room rate of $93.95 per night. Reservations must be received no later than April 1, 2018.