NYSEC’s 73rd Annual Conference: October 16-18, 2024

Tracing Paths: Learning from the Past, Navigating the Present, and Shaping the Future

The annual NYSEC Conference is the largest gathering of New York State English educators, PK-16.

The conference includes nationally recognized keynote speakers and authors, dozens of workshops on current themes in English and literacy, and the presentation of NYSEC Awards.

Tracing Paths: Learning from the Past, Navigating the Present, and Shaping the Future

2024 Conference Theme

Learning from the Past: Learn: verb. gain or acquire knowledge by study, experience or being taught.

Why is it important to study the past? What can the past teach? What is considered “past?” Yesterday? Decades ago? Earlier Centuries? Sometimes our progress can blind us to the wisdom our ancestors held or our elders still hold. What can we learn from people whose experiences are foreign to and/or far removed from ours?

Navigating the Present: Navigate: verb. to determine a path or course

The word determine is key. It puts the power in our hands to decide the course of a path that is directly in front of us. Educators are faced with challenges at every turn. How do we adapt to unanticipated issues? How do we negotiate the needs of the students before us? To current events? To timely concerns? Sometimes selecting texts or even the language we use can feel like we are approaching a minefield. What strategies do you employ or practices do you use to traverse that sometimes uneven terrain?

Shaping the Future: Shape: verb. to determine the nature of; have a great influence on

To what degree can we as educators determine or influence the future? Logically we know that our influence on students is tremendous, and we need to tread carefully about what that means. An improved future has a variety of renderings according to whom you ask. How do we carefully draw the line between teaching content that by its nature deals with conflicts, humanity and philosophical questions of right and wrong and imparting our personal beliefs? If our goal is to create students who will become capable critical thinkers and empathetic respectful citizens, we can’t go wrong. What lessons, experiences, units or texts can help shape a future worthy of our students and one they can be proud to be a part of?

October 16-18, 2024

Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road
Albany NY 12205
(518) 458-8444

2024 Conference

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Our 2024 Keynote Speakers

Samira Ahmed

Thursday Keynote

Samira Ahmed Photo: Erielle-Bakkum

Dr. David E. Kirkland, PhD

Friday Keynote

Dr. David E. Kirkland, PhD

Victorio Reyes Asili

Friday Spoken Word Performer

Victorio Reyes Asili

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The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has selected the New York State English Council, as a 2023 Affiliate Website of Excellence Award honoree.

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