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Remembering Jan Suppa-Friedman

Remembering Jan Suppa-Friedman

The Virginia Association of Teachers of English mourns the loss of former VATE president and NCTE liaison, Jan Suppa-Friedman, who died on November 26th.  Jan was a long time member of the executive board, serving in several positions in a span of over twenty years. Jan was a high school teacher and department chair in the Prince William school division for 24 years and a highly regarded educational consultant after retiring from the classroom. She first … Read entire article »

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Mark your calendars for the 2017 VATE Conference!

Mark your calendars for the 2017 VATE Conference!

2017 VATE Conference #LoveLearnVATE: Empowering Teachers, Empowering Students 2017 Annual Conference October 20th-22nd in Fredericksburg, VA Learn more and book your room! … Read entire article »

2016 State of the State

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Official Position on House Bill 516

The Virginia Association of Teachers of English (VATE), the state affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, respectfully disagrees with the House of Delegates’ vote on House Bill 516 regarding Policy on Sexually Explicit Instructional Material.  We strongly object to the language requiring that schools “notify the parent of any student whose teacher reasonably expects to provide instructional material that includes sexually explicit content.” VATE values the communication between teachers and parents about the content used to satisfy course objectives. The organization also recognizes the professional knowledge of teachers and relies on them to make sound judgments about the literary merit of the texts selected for a course.  Conversations arising from questions about a … Read entire article »

EdCamp is Coming Soon!

EdCamp is Coming Soon!

THE VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH INVITES YOU TO: EdCamp! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH 8 A.M. TO 2 P.M. BLACKSBURG HIGH SCHOOL 3401 BRUIN LANE BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA 24060 Learn more! … Read entire article »