NCTE Convention: November 19-22

The National Council of Teachers of English alternates the locations of  their annual convention.  This year, it is in Philadelphia, just a short Amtrak or bus ride away.  You may want to recruit a group of friends and combine a wonderful professional development opportunity with a fun road trip.  There are lots of terrific speakers, popular authors, and more workshops than you can attend.  And the Exhibit Hall is always a treat, especially on the last day when there are giveaways.

If you join NCTE as a student, the dues are only $20.  Then full attendance for Thursday through Sunday (over 600 sessions plus social events, but excluding special meals, etc) at the convention is $90, compared to $200+ for regular members.  These rates are for early registration, which ends Oct.23.

The Convention is November 19-22, the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Find out more information here!


Tutoring Opportunity

A guest post and special opportunity courtesy of Meg Lally…

Hi Ladies,

My good friend Michelle is the Academic Dean at an Achievement First Charter School in Brownsville, Brooklyn. They are looking for reading tutors for struggling first and second graders.  It is on Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm and the compensation is $20/hour for experienced teachers…I know a lot of us have class at this time, so if you can’t make that there is also Saturday tutoring for  other Achievement First schools in the area.  If you are interested in more information you can contact her at  It will be a great way to get paid and learn at the same time!  Plus these kids are the cutest!

Have a good week,


Tutoring Flyer – NY

AF Brownsville Tutor Description – Fall 09

Special Event with Lucy

Hi everyone,

Hope you’ve had a great week!  Just wanted to remind you about the opportunity to meet with Professor Lucy Calkins next Wednesday, Sept.23rd at 3 pm.  Lucy will share information on literacy reform in NYC schools and establishing a link to the Teachers College Reading/Writing Project.  Please join her in Horace Mann 424 to find out about current work, the Project’s role, attending professional development days, and more.

  • Wednesday 3-4:15
  • Horace Mann 424

Enjoy the weekend,


Staying Fit

Did you know that as a registered TC student you have access to Dodge Fitness Center on the Columbia campus? There’s a pool, weight rooms, running track, full service locker rooms, and lots more.  For an added fee, you can also take yoga, pilates, cardio, dance, or body sculpting classes.  Right now, there is a flat rate pre-session (pay one fee and attend as many classes as you want–a good way to check out instructors) with fall classes beginning September 26th.

From approximately 8 am-6 pm, you can access Columbia through the black gates across from TC.  Wander over one day and take a tour of the facilities.  Pick up a schedule for voluntary non-credit classes (unless you want to take P.E. courses with the undergrads!) or check it out online here.

Assistant Teacher Job Opportunity

I spoke with the assistant principal of a Project school in Great Neck, NY (not too far, but need a car) about assistant teaching positions in CTT classrooms at most grade levels.  They are very interested in hiring former or current students.  The time requirement is six hours per day, 9-3.  You could use this as your fieldwork placement if you are a fulltime student.  I asked about compensation, and she is checking with Human Resources.  She did mention that medical coverage is included.

Let me know if you are interested, and I will forward info.