Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Registration is now open!

To register for the 2014 ACTE annual conference, please fill out our registration form.  Please bring your payment of $45 to the conference.  Remember, the fees go toward your annual dues to ACTE, 6 hours of STI PD credit (we will be glad to provide you with a certificate if you need it for flex time credit), and lunch.  We look forward to seeing you at this year's conference!  Please share the ACTE information with your colleagues.  If you have any questions, contact Anna Hartzog at anna.hartzog@trussvillecityschools.com

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Information about the 2014 ACTE Annual Conference

Join us this year at Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville, Alabama on February 22, 2014 for the Annual Alabama Council of Teachers of English Conference.  The website for registration will be opening in November, but please go ahead and mark your calendars!

We are now accepting proposals for break out sessions.  We are hoping to offer sessions on English Language Arts instruction for all grade levels.  If you are interested in presenting, please contact this year's Vice President and Conference Organizer, Lacey Johnson at lacey.johnson@trussvillecityschools.com.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

2013 Conference Details

The conference is getting close, so I wanted to post some information that might be helpful.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me at anna.hartzog@trussvillecityschools.com.  We look forward to seeing you soon!  You can still register by clicking on the link in the previous post.

Schedule: We will begin the day with registration from 8:00 – 8:30 (we will have doughnuts and coffee available during this time). At 8:30 we will begin with our keynote address. The conference will conclude after a wonderful day of break-out sessions at 3:00.

Directions: Our high school is still relatively new, so many navigation/GPS systems cannot locate it correctly (but will instead take you to our old high school building). Please use the following directions:

From Birmingham take I-59 north to exit # 143. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp. Take a left at the second traffic light (Husky Pkwy) and go down the hill to HTHS.

From Gadsden take I-59 south to exit # 143. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp. Take a left at the next traffic light (Husky Pkwy) and go down the hill to HTHS.

From I-459 head north to I-59 north to exit # 143. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp. Take a left at the second traffic light (Husky Pkwy) and go down the hill to HTHS.

Cost: The cost to participate in the conference is $45 per person (excluding session presenters) and includes lunch (Zoe's), 6 hours of STI PD credit, and 2013 membership dues for ACTE. You can either mail your check ahead of time or bring it with you on the day of the conference. When you check in at the conference, you will be issued a receipt. If your school is paying for you to attend and requires an invoice, please email our treasurer atlacey.johnson@trussvillecityschools.com.

 If you are mailing your check, please mail it to the following address –
Hewitt-Trussville High School
Attn: Lacey Johnson
6450 Husky Parkway
Trussville, AL 35173
If you are traveling from out of town, we recommend the following hotels.
Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham/Trussville
3230 Edwards Lake Parkway, Birmingham, Alabama, 35235
Approximately $85 per night
Hampton Inn Birmingham/Trussville
1940 Edwards Lake Road, Trussville, Alabama, 35235
Approximately $79 per night
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Trussville
5911 Valley Road, I-59, Exit 141
Trussville, AL 35173 US

Approximately $99 per night

Lastly, I would like to ask you to encourage other English teachers in your departments to join us for a wonderful day of professional development. We’re less than two weeks away but still have space available for more participants.  See you soon!
-Anna Hartzog, Vice President

Sunday, November 25, 2012

2013 Conference

Planning has long since been underway for the 2013 ACTE Conference.  Vice President Anna Hartzog has been hard at work scheduling the date, time, and keynote speaker.  The conference will be Saturday, February 2nd at Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville from 8:00 to 3:00.  Jeff Anderson, the "Write Guy," is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.

Take a close look at the flyer and make plans to attend! 

Click HERE to register for the conference!  

We are still looking for presenters for the breakout sessions.  If you are interested, please contact Anna Hartzog to submit a proposal.

It is truly going to be a great day!  We look forward to seeing you there!  

Saturday, January 28, 2012

What a great day!

A big thank you goes out to all of the people who came to the conference today. I hope that everyone had a great day.  I know I have some new ideas for my own classroom thanks to our WONDERFUL presenters!

We ended the day with a board meeting and elected new officers.  Congrats to everyone!  I will post a list of everyone at the bottom of the post.  At the board meeting, we voted to make this blog the new Alabama English.   Be on the lookout for monthly blog posts about innovative lessons and happenings from guest bloggers.  It will also continue to be the news source for information about the organization and next year's conference.

2012- 2014 ACTE Officers 

President - Amanda Esslinger 
Vice President / President Elect - Anna Hartzog 
Secretary - Ann Chandler Schuleva 
Treasurer - Lacey Johnson 
Past President - Lynn McGuffey 
Elementary School Representative - Ali Phelps 
Middle School Representative - Debbie Simms 
High School Representative - Karli Morris 
College Representative - Dr. Tonya Perry 
NCTE Delegate / Liaison - Dr. Cindy Adams 
Alabama English Editor / Blogger - Katie Ray 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Less than one week!

The 2012 Conference is closing in on us!  It is this Saturday from 8:00 to 3:00 at Homewood High School in Birmingham.  There will be directions to the venue at the bottom of this post.  Attendees will receive a detailed program with the day's schedule upon check in.  We are so excited to see everyone there!

From I-65 South
Take exit 255 (Lakeshore Drive).  Turn left at the stop light at the end of the ramp.  HHS is on the right at the 4th stop light. 

From I-65 North
Take exit 255 (Lakeshore Drive).  Turn right at the stop light at the end of the ramp.  HHS is on the right at the 3rd stop light. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Spread the Word!

Registrations are coming in!  
Many people have asked if registration is open or about the logistics of the day.  

Registration will continue all of the way until the morning of the conference.  If you know of someone who would like to attend, please direct them to our page.  

The conference day is going to be great!  Alfie Kohn will speak from 8:00 - 11:00.  His keynote session will be followed by lunch and three English - specific sessions.  

Thanks for your interest in ACTE!