Stephanie J. West-Puckett

writing, teaching, studying digital writing and rhetorics

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NC English Teachers Association Fall Conference

North Carolina English Teachers Association


Common Ground is the place where theory meets application, where local needs are balanced with national agendas, where teachers and students connect with each other and the world, where teachers join with their colleagues to bear witness to and celebrate the practical and intellectual work of teaching and the transformative power of language, literacy, and learning.

Welcome from the Conference Director, Stephanie West-Puckett

Last year’s conference, The Diversity of 21st Century Teaching and Learning, highlighted the challenges that exist and opportunities that present themselves when we work to adapt our teaching practices to the needs of both individual students and our connected world.   There’s no doubt that as educators, we are being asked more and more frequently to serve a multiplicity of interests, originating on the local, regional and national levels, interests that sometimes conflict or diverge.

Considering the current landscape of uncertainty that we teach in, we invite you join us in thinking about convergences, the places where we, as educators, achieve traction and arrive at Common Ground–the shared intellectual, physical, and virtual spaces that empower us to overcome social and bureaucratic obstacles to realize the transformative power of language, literacy, and learning.

Call for Proposals

This year, we are pleased to offer a variety of session formats, including Thursday Pre-conference Workshops, Friday and Saturday Sessions, Friday Poster Sessions, and Friday Book Talks.  We invite proposals that broadly connect with the theme of convergence and will help us map the territory of Common Ground–guiding each other in finding our footing as we unpack new curricula, new technologies, and new ways of thinking about teaching and learning in the English Language Arts classroom.


Session Strands

  • Common Core ELA Update & DPI Debriefing
  • Content-Area Literacies
  • North Carolina Writing Projects
  • Reading, Writing, and Teaching in Digital Environments
  • Mentoring and Supporting New Teachers
  • The New Teacher Evaluation Instrument: Leadership, Establishing Respectful Environments for Diverse Students, Content-Knowledge, Effective Pedagogy, and Cultivating a Reflective Stance
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Teaching Young Adult Literature
  • Community-based Partnerships & Service-learning in ELA

To submit a proposal, please fill out the form below.


Contact Conference Director at or 252.737.1089 with questions.


Proposal Submission deadline is June 19, 2011.