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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 Vice President, 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 President Do you want to shape the future of VATE? Do you have … 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 »

NCTE’s 6th Annual Day on Writing – October 20

Participate in NCTE’s National Day on Writing on October 20. Celebrate writing in all its forms!  Share your ideas and writing with VATE and NCTE. This year’s theme: What do people need to know about your community?  How can you communicate about it? For more information, view and share the flyer NCTE National Day of Writing 2014 … Read entire article »

Neal Shusterman was our guest speaker at the 2014 VATE Conference!

Neal Shusterman is the author of thirty books for young readers, including the best-selling Unwind and Skinjacker trilogies, and the critically acclaimed The Schwa Was Here and Downsiders. As a screen and TV writer, Neal created scripts for the “Goosebumps” and “Animorphs” TV series, and he wrote the Disney Channel Original Movie “Pixel Perfect”. Neal has two grown sons and he lives with his two daughters in Southern California. Mr. Shusterman spoke about his popular YA novels, and discussed his most recent efforts. … Read entire article »

Virginia English Journal – Call for Manuscripts

Call for Manuscripts Virginia English Journal Spring / Summer 2014, Vol 64, #1 Themed Issue on the Best of the Best   When Nothing But the Best Will Do! This special themed issue is meant to highlight the outstanding work being done throughout the state of Virginia by English teachers at all grade levels. For this special themed issue we would like to expand upon our “Great Teaching Ideas” feature and invite participants to submit research articles and other related works that exemplify the very best that they do on a day to day basis. What is your “go to” lesson plan or unit plan? What is that one activity that you know will always work? What lesson or activity do … Read entire article »