2021 WCTE Annual Convention

  • 23 Oct 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Madison, WI


  • MS/HS and pre-service university students
  • Virtual invitation to the keynote address, followed by debrief and breakout discussions, all via Zoom.
  • Virtual invitation to keynote address followed by breakouts to debrief, all via Zoom.

WCTE Annual Convention 2021
Teaching and Learning Literature in 2021: RACE. PLACE. WHAT? HOW? NOW!

The Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English welcomes The Folger Shakespeare Library to Madison on Saturday, October 23rd for our 60th annual convention. This year's convention will feature a virtual keynote by the Folger Shakespeare Library's Director of Education, Dr. Peggy O'Brien and an in-person Folger Method workshop with Folger's Associate Director of Education, Corinne Viglietta. This unique presentation is an active and participatory general session, much more than your average keynote, and will focus on Shakespeare together with the works of other authors, such as Baldwin, Fitzgerald, and Alvarez, for example. They keynote + workshop are rooted in the Folger Method of method of teaching, which equips teachers with practical strategies for helping all students grapple with complext texts.

Dr. O'Brien's keynote will be presented via Zoom, so if you're unable to or uncomfortable attending in-person, you can choose one of the limited virtual attendance options (free for current WCTE members). In-person attendees will view the presentation together, much like an in-person keynote, and then continue to an additional 60-minute workshop session in which they will focus on classroom application and how to unleash every reader's potential to understand rich language, ask big questions, make exciting discoveries, and use literature to contribute to the ongoing human conversation about the tough issues of today.

In addition to the keynote + workshop combination, the in-person convention will also feature a networking hour and breakfast in the morning, awards presentations, lunch, and giveaways. We hope you'll join us! 

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