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2015 Literacy Explosion

Students from six schools, representing five of the eight regions of Virginia, participated in the fourth annual VATE Literacy Explosion competition held at Longwood University on March 14, 2015. Students, their teachers, and families traveled from one to three hours on a cold Saturday morning to share their talents. Dr. Jenny Martin, education professor at Bridgewater College, Megan Laprade, education student from Bridgewater College, and Dr. Carol Johnson from Virginia Wesleyan College were judges. Megan Almond and Elizabeth Stapula, preservice English teachers at Longwood University, operated the technology used to display students’ products. The Literacy Explosion is a state-wide language arts festival designed to celebrate and promote the integration of literacy and 21st century learning skills by encouraging and rewarding students’ excellence in reading, writing, speaking, presenting, filming, drawing, and acting. … Read entire article »


Save the Date – 2015 VATE Conference

VATE’S SAVE THE DATE: It’s never too early to start looking forward to VATE’s next conference!  VATE’s annual conference will be held in Virginia’s state capitol: Richmond!  Our conference will be from October 16-18 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel downtown.  The theme is VATE 101- Back to Basics: Reinvigorating the Foundations of Literacy. Last year VATE celebrated its 100th birthday as an organization. This year, in honor of our 101st year, we’ll springboard off of the 101 course in college and reinvigorate our seminal practices. We invite you to consider not only attending this conference, but to present your best practices. Our conferences wouldn’t be as enlightening without the honor of learning from our colleagues. … Read entire article »

All You Always Wanted to Know About the New English SOL – Tracy Robertson’s Annual Presentation

All You Always Wanted to Know About the New English SOL – Tracy Robertson’s Annual Presentation

For the past few years, one of the highlights of the conference has been the presentation by VATE’s liaison with the Department of Education, Tracy Fair Robertson. With the overhaul of the English standards in the state, it’s been no surprise that Tracy’s presentation has been standing-room-only for several years now.  “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the NEW English SoL” … Read entire article »

Join VATE in a Leadership Role, Join the Board!

Get Involved! Consider Applying for a Position on the VATE Board!   Are you looking for a way to get more involved?  Do you have leadership skills to share, and a dedication to teaching and learning English/Language arts on the elementary, middle, high school, or college level?  Your professional association, VATE, has a variety of leadership opportunities currently available, check out the details and put your enthusiasm and skills to work.  We are currently seeking candidates for the positions of  Elementary Member at Large, Affiliate Chair (multiple opportunities), Public Relations / Social Media Chair & Sub-Committee Member, and Writing Project Liaison.  Click on the link to learn more about volunteering to serve in these and other capacities.   Vice … Read entire article »

Continue Sharing information and Ideas – Post Conference Blogging Invitation

Calling all 2014 Conference Presenters and Attendees — Why stop the discussions we started just because the conference is over? We invite presenters to send any materials or information to so that we can post it/links on our blog. Attendees, we invite you to comment, collaborate, ask questions, and interact with the posts. Let’s capitalize on all the ideas we learned this weekend. Our blog is: … Read entire article »