The 2019-20 school year is one that will go down in the books — not just for the massive school closures, but also for the amazing ways teachers quickly adapted to their students’ needs. Over and over again we hear the word EQUITY. This brings to mind endless questions, some of which we’ll address this fall at our annual conference:

  • How do we ensure an equitable education for all of our students during distance learning? How do we do this when school buildings are open and in session? 

  • How do we implement anti-racist literary practices in a state struggling with its racist past? 

  • How do we acknowledge and change our own explicit and implicit bias so that we include everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexuality or abilities?

  • When we come together with fellow English teachers to hit the refresh button, we’ll be looking at how to acknowledge and learn from the past and move forward. We hope you’ll join us in Charlottesville in October!

Featured workshop by Lorena German, chairperson of NCTE’s Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English

Your VATE team is working hard to deliver more information about our upcoming annual conference format. 

Details to follow very soon!