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Literacy Explosion

Literacy Explosion

Thank you to all of those who participated in our 2017 Virtual Literacy Explosion. Lit Explosion page – Literacy Explosion is a language arts festival designed to celebrate and promote the integration of literacy and 21st century learning skills. The Literacy Explosion encourages and rewards Virginia students’ excellence in reading, writing, speaking, presenting, filming, drawing, and acting. Stay tuned for updates on our seventh annual 2018 Literacy Explosion. … Read entire article »

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Update on House Bill 2191

We at VATE would like to thank Governor McAuliffe for his wise decision to veto HB 2191 (also known as the “Beloved Bill”) on March 23, 2017. The bill, which was strongly opposed by VATE and other organizations, would have required teachers to determine if a classroom text was “sexually explicit” and to notify parents of this label and provide other instructional materials. VATE believes that this could create de facto censorship in our schools and that labeling a whole text based on one scene, phrase, or part instead of looking at overall educational value creates a dangerous precedent. Governor McAuliffe stated in his veto that “The Virginia Board of Education has examined this issue … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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

 See the presentation here! … Read entire article »