The Utah Council of Teachers of English publishes an annual journal, the Utah English Journal, aimed at English/Language Arts teachers in the state of Utah. We are currently accepting manuscript submissions for the 2013 issue. Our theme for this issue is "Embracing the New Core Standards" and we invite your writings about classroom practice on this theme; as always, we are also interested in manuscripts of a general nature, as well. More information can be found on this year's call for submissions. Submissions are due by July 20, 2013.
For more information about the journal and to view sample articles, check out the UEJ Portal page.
We are excited to announce the date and location of next year's UCTE conference. Our 2013 annual conference will be held this year on Friday, November 1 at the Radisson hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. Our featured keynote speaker will be Kelly Gallagher, acclaimed teacher, author and presenter. Many teachers in the state are familiar with his excellent work and we're sure his is a presentation you're not going to want to miss. Many thanks to our sponsors at Pearson-Prentice Hall for their support in bringing Kelly to Utah again.
This all-day conference will feature inspiring keynotes from teacher advocates and young adult authors as well as a full slate of breakout sessions for teachers of all grade levels. More details will be forthcoming as we have them, and registration will open next fall. Save the date, as this will be a conference that you won't want to miss!
Our annual conference was a great success! From our keynote speakers to the breakout sessions, all who attended were entertained and instructed.
We have provided the materials and recording from one session for everyone, member or not (Quick and Simple Practice with Informational Texts) as a teaser--become a member of UCTE for access to the rest of the materials! Access the complete schedule of breakouts by clicking the "Read More" button.
Utah English Quest is a language arts festival designed to celebrate and promote all areas of literacy. This festival, held annually in the spring, encourages and rewards Utah students' excellence in reading, writing, speaking, presenting, filming, drawing, and acting. The contests showcase students' expression and expertise in their use of language and communication. All Utah students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in this opportunity to share and present their language arts talents and abilities. Find out more about our Quest competition from our Quest portal page.
We want to publicize the list of books that have been chosen for next year's English QUEST competition. We're excited about these books and their potential for classroom and personal use. We're hopeful, too, to have at least one of the authors on this year's list at our annual conference in October. The books are listed below the break, including links to Amazon.com descriptions (click "Read More" to see the list). We've also created a flyer that can be printed and posted or distributed. Please note that because QUEST serves a wide audience, all of these books may not be suitable for all grade levels; we encourage teachers to read these books carefully as they consider how to use these books with students.
Nominations for the UCTE/LA Bill and Carol Strong Teacher of the Year Award are now open! Nominate a Utah teacher who goes above and beyond to challenge students and help them be the best they can be. For more information on the qualifications for this prestigious award and for a nomination form, please click here.
Nominations for the TOYA will be taken until July 1, 2013.